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7.15.2014

Revered UM/Jackson Psychiatrist Dr. Marvin I. Herz Passes Away

Marvin I. Herz, M.D., voluntary professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, died Monday, July 21, at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami due to complications from renal failure. He was 86.

A former President of The American College of Psychiatrists as well as a former President of The American College of Psychoanalysts, Dr. Herz was an educator and a scientist whose research in schizophrenia had a major impact on the treatments provided to patients with major mental illness in the U.S. and Europe. During his career, Dr. Herz served as a Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at SUNY Buffalo and held positions at the medical schools of Columbia University, Emory University and The University of Rochester. Until his death he was an attending psychiatrist at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Herz received a number of awards during his career and was the author and editor of numerous books, articles, and research papers on the causes and treatment of schizophrenia.

“Dr. Herz was a pioneer in research on schizophrenia,” said Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D., Leonard M. Miller Professor and Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Director of the Center on Aging. “He was a gifted teacher, clinician and investigator. We were fortunate to have him in our department for the final phase of his career in which he was much beloved as a mentor to our residents and patients with chronic and severe psychiatric disorders.”

Predeceased by his daughter Joan Herz Tafti, Dr. Herz’s survivors include his wife of 61 years, Leslie Mittelman Herz of Bal Harbour; two children, Suzanne Herz and Joseph Herz, both of New York City; and four grandchildren, Ariana Tafti, Julia Daniel, Jane Herz and Nicholas Daniel. Funeral services will be private and a memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

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