NEW YORK, Dec. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Preeminent psychiatric researcher and clinician, Jonathan E. Alpert, M.D., Ph.D, has been named professor and university chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Montefiore Health System and Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Alpert, who will also hold the Dorothy and Marty Silverman Chair in Psychiatry at Einstein, will assume his position on March 1, 2017.
"We are thrilled to have Dr. Alpert join our Montefiore-Einstein family, leading our renowned psychiatry and behavioral sciences department," said Philip O. Ozuah, M.D., Ph.D, chief operating officer, Montefiore Health System. "Dr. Alpert's exceptional knowledge, experience and expertise in clinical innovation, medical education and psychiatric research will advance our goal of providing the highest quality care and the safest, most effective solutions for patients coping with mental health disorders."
Dr. Alpert comes to Montefiore and Einstein from Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), where he currently serves as vice chair for clinical services in psychiatry and leads the behavioral health executive committee. He is also director of the depression clinical and research programs at MGH, one of the nation's foremost research programs in the area of mood disorders, as well as the first incumbent of the Joyce R. Tedlow Chair in the field of depression studies at Harvard Medical School.
An internationally recognized expert in psychiatry research, Dr. Alpert has authored over 200 publications on topics including pharmacological and other innovative approaches to treatment-resistant major depressive disorder, depressive subtypes and biomarkers, drug metabolism and drug interaction, ethical issues in the design and conduct of human studies, behavioral health integration, and medical education. Recognized with numerous awards for teaching, mentorship and clinical excellence, Dr. Alpert serves on the board of the National Network of Depression Centers, is a member of the Harvard Medical School Academy, and is a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.
"Dr. Alpert, with his expertise knitting clinical excellence with high-caliber, NIH-funded research, will play a critical role launching Einstein's Brain Science Initiative in the coming months," said Allen M. Spiegel, M.D., the Marilyn and Stanley M. Katz Dean at Einstein. "His distinction in teaching and mentoring will help raise the bar for our medical and graduate students and junior faculty as they develop and assume leadership positions in the scientific and medical fields."
Dr. Alpert received his BA summa cum laude in Philosophy and Psychology from Yale University, his M.D. from Yale University School of Medicine, and his Ph.D. in behavioral pharmacology from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, where he was also a Marshall Scholar. He completed residencies at Harvard-Boston Children's Hospital (pediatrics) and at Harvard-McLean Hospital (psychiatry) before joining the Harvard-MGH Psychiatry faculty in 1992.
About Montefiore Health System
Montefiore Health System is one of New York's premier academic health systems and is a recognized leader in providing exceptional quality and personalized, accountable care to approximately three million people in communities across the Bronx, Westchester and the Hudson Valley. It is comprised of 10 hospitals, including the Children's Hospital at Montefiore, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital and close to 200 outpatient care sites. The advanced clinical and translational research at its' medical school, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, directly informs patient care and improves outcomes. From the Montefiore-Einstein Centers of Excellence in cancer, cardiology and vascular care, pediatrics, and transplantation, to its' preeminent school-based health program, Montefiore is a fully integrated healthcare delivery system providing coordinated, comprehensive care to patients and their families. For more information please visit www.montefiore.org. Follow us on Twitter and view us on Facebook and YouTube.
About Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Albert Einstein College of Medicine is one of the nation's premier centers for research, medical education and clinical investigation. During the 2016-2017 academic year, Einstein is home to 717 M.D. students, 166 Ph.D. students, 103 students in the combined M.D./Ph.D. program, and 278 postdoctoral research fellows. The College of Medicine has more than 1,900 full-time faculty members located on the main campus and at its clinical affiliates. In 2016, Einstein received more than $160 million in awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This includes the funding of major research centers at Einstein in aging, intellectual development disorders, diabetes, cancer, clinical and translational research, liver disease, and AIDS. Other areas where the College of Medicine is concentrating its efforts include developmental brain research, neuroscience, cardiac disease, and initiatives to reduce and eliminate ethnic and racial health disparities. Its partnership with Montefiore, the University Hospital and academic medical center for Einstein, advances clinical and translational research to accelerate the pace at which new discoveries become the treatments and therapies that benefit patients. Einstein runs one of the largest residency and fellowship training programs in the medical and dental professions in the United States through Montefiore and an affiliation network involving hospitals and medical centers in the Bronx, Brooklyn and on Long Island. For more information, please visit www.einstein.yu.edu, read our blog, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and view us on YouTube.
SOURCE Montefiore Medical Center