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10.16.2012

Renowned Clinician-Researcher Named Chair of the Year

Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D., Leonard M. Miller Professor and Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, has been named Chair of the Year by CME Outfitters for his contributions to the field of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, dedication to education and commitment to improving patient care.

Nemeroff accepted the award October 12 in Orlando at CME Outfitters Fifth Annual Chair Summit, a continuing medical education event where academic department chairs in psychiatry and neurology convene to present the latest in pathophysiology and therapeutics and provide in-depth interactive learning opportunities. CME Outfitters also will make a $1,000 donation in his name to the United Way of Miami-Dade.

“This is a wonderful honor that has previously been bestowed on Chairs of academic departments whom I hold in the highest regard,” said Nemeroff, who is also Director of UM’s Center on Aging. “I am delighted to be associated with the Chairs Summit.”

Since joining UM in 2010, Nemeroff has significantly improved the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences’ national profile, raising its national ranking for NIH funding among departments nationwide from No. 47 to No. 29 — an unprecedented 18-position jump in just two years. As director of the Center on Aging, he also has expanded the center’s multidisciplinary approach to the study of aging, and launched the University of Miami Hospital’s new Mood Disorders Unit for adults battling depression and bipolar disorder, the leading cause of suicide, and other mood disorders.

“I am grateful to the leadership at the University of Miami for providing the opportunity to build a topnotch research, educational and clinical department, and to our fabulously talented faculty,” said Nemeroff.

An internationally renowned expert in his field, Nemeroff is past President of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology and the American College of Psychiatrists. In 2011, he was appointed president of the South Florida Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), where he guides the foundation’s core mission of understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy. His extensive research on suicide, including the causes and treatment of depression and anxiety disorders, and his clinical expertise in mood disorders, schizophrenia and the interface of physical illness and psychiatry also earned him a spot on the AFSP’s board of directors and scientific council.

CMEO is honored to present Dr. Nemeroff with the Chair of the Year Award,” said Shari Tordoff, CCMEP, CME Outfitters Managing Partner. “His commitment to the field, drive for excellence in education and his passion for his patients has been inspiring to us all.”

On November 11, Nemeroff will once again demonstrate his unwavering commitment to suicide prevention by leading the Out of the Darkness community walk for suicide prevention on the Coral Gables campus.

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