Dr. Vincent Maida was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He earned his BSc in biochemistry in 1978 from the University of Toronto, and his MD in 1982 from the University of Toronto. He completed his MSc in 2010 from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, with a specialty in wound management. Dr. Maida also has fulfilled the requirements, from the University of Toronto in 2011, to become a certified clinical medical teacher. In 2012 he was certified in Patient safety and Quality Improvement from the University of Toronto. Dr. Maida has been a diplomate of the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (ABHPM) since 1999. In December 2015, he was awarded a certificate of added competency in Palliative Care from the College of Family Physicians of Canada. Dr. Maida practices as a consultant in Palliative Medicine and Wound Management at the William Osler Health System in Toronto. He is also the inaugural medical director of Hospice Vaughan.
Dr. Maida is one of Canada’s most qualified cannabinoid medicine experts with over 2 decades of experience in cannabinoid advocacy, clinical experience, education, research, and publishing. Dr. Maida was the original discoverer of the potential for cannabinoids to treat integumentary and wound conditions in Humans. His earliest data was presented at the World Union of Wound Healing Societies in Florence, Italy in 2016. He also published the first two human studies using Topical Cannabis-Based Medicines (TCBM) in peer reviewed literature in 2017. He is President & CEO of VinSan Therapeutics Inc which holds a portfolio of Intellectual Property that has the earliest patent priority dates globally.
He is actively involved in clinical research within the spheres of pain and symptom management, prognostication, and wound management. He is widely published in peer reviewed international medical journals. Dr. Maida has also contributed chapters for six medical textbooks. He also holds an associate professor appointment with the University of Toronto, Division of Palliative Care. Dr. Maida has lectured on topics within palliative medicine, cannabinoid medicine, and wound management nationally, and to date, internationally on five continents, 17 countries and over 50 cities.
Dr. Maida has won many awards and citations for his clinical work including being awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Gold Medal in 2002 and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Gold Medal in 2012. In 2019, he was bestowed the Order of the City of Vaughan. In addition to his passion for his professional work he is happily married with 3 children and 2 grand children. He enjoys travel, architecture, historical scale modelling, and is an ardent and unwavering fan (quasi soccer hooligan) of the Toronto FC (aka “The Reds”).