Dr. Pedro Ruiz Becomes President of the World Psychiatric Association

Pedro Ruiz, M.D., professor and executive vice chair and director of clinical programs in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, was honored twice last month for his scholarship and leadership during an international meeting of psychiatrists in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Formerly the president-elect, Dr. Ruiz was installed as president of the World Psychiatric Association on September 21, during the World Congress of Psychiatry annual meeting. The following day he was inducted into the Buenos Aires National Academy of Medicine, to which he delivered a lecture, “Essential Competencies in the Practice of Psychiatry in the United States.”

The World Psychiatric Association is composed of 135 national psychiatric societies in 117 countries and represents more than 200,000 psychiatrists. The group’s primary aim is to increase the knowledge and skills necessary to work in the field of mental health and to care for the mentally ill. The Buenos Aires National Academy of Medicine was founded in 1822 and is the oldest medical academy in Argentina.

“I am humbled and honored to have been selected by my peers to serve in these prestigious organizations,” said Dr. Ruiz. “The World Psychiatric Association is an important and dynamic association made up of some of the most brilliant minds in the field of psychiatry, and I take great pride in having the responsibility to lead the group. As for the National Academy, I am equally proud to be among its august members.”

Dr. Ruiz joined the faculty of the Miller School and UHealth in February 2010 after serving as a tenured professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Previously, he was professor and vice chair of psychiatry and assistant dean at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, and professor and vice chair of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

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