Dr Rob Tarzwell

Dr. Tarzwell has dual certification in psychiatry and nuclear medicine, and he has a cross-appointment in the Department of Radiology. He is the Chief Medical Officer and medical director of INITIO, a PET/CT imaging clinic. His main clinical and research interest is imaging brain function, particularly glucose metabolism with PET (positron emission tomography) and perfusion with SPECT (single-photon emission computed tomography) in the diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders. He has published work in the use of SPECT to diagnose TBI (traumatic brain injury) and to separate TBI from PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder). His current work involves the use of neural networks to discover brain activity biomarkers in major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder. He regularly consults in complex injury cases where there are psychiatric consequences or head injury. His research appeared 19th on the 2015 list of Top 100 Science Stories of the Year in Discover Magazine. He is the content creator for the YouTube medical educational channel One Minute Medical School.


The University of British Columbia / UBC

Degree NameNuclear Medicine Certification, Royal College of Physicians of Canada

Field Of StudyNuclear Medicine Residency Program

Dates attended or expected graduation2008 – 2012

Dalhousie University

Degree NamePsychiatrist Certification, Royal College of Physicians of Canada

Field Of StudyPsychiatry Residency Program

Dates attended or expected graduation2001 – 2006

University of Manitoba

Degree NameDoctor of Medicine (MD)

Field Of StudyMedicine

Dates attended or expected graduation1997 – 2001

Canadian Forces Air Navigation School - CFANS

Degree NameAir Navigator Wings

Field Of StudyAir Navigation

Dates attended or expected graduation1991 – 1991

Simon Fraser University

Degree NameBA

Field Of StudyEnglish Language and Literature/Letters

Dates attended or expected graduation1986 – 1990