Lauren Zanussi has lived in Calgary almost all of his life. He is a graduate of the University of Calgary and has degrees in Biochemistry and Medicine. He went on to be trained in Psychiatry and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
He is an assistant professor at the University of Calgary where he has run the undergraduate course in psychiatry and medical skills. He has special expertise in communication skills training and is a consultant to other departments to help train their residents as communicators. He has a special interest in the use of technology to augment learning and has been helpful in driving the modernizaiton of medical education at the University of Calgary. He is the twice the recipient of the Allan R. Jones award for innovation in education and twice the recipient of the Michael Tarrant Award for Mentorship in education. He has over two dozen awards for his lecturing at the medical school.
As a Psychiatrist, he has received training in psychiatric complications of medical conditions. He practices in Calgary at the Foothills Hospital. He has an inpatient and outpatient practice, a large portion of which is taken up by people with sleep disorders, liver disease and transplants. He has worked closely with the Canadian Mental Health Commission and the University of Calgary in reducing stigma of mental health in the public and amongst medical practitioners. He is the Acting Medical Director of Psychiatric ER services and is the Site Chief at the Foothills Hospital.