Vice Chair of Psychiatry Receives Human Rights Award

Pedro Ruiz, M.D., professor and executive vice chair and director of clinical programs in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, was awarded the Irving Blumberg Human Rights Award by the American Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation, an affiliated organization of the United Nations. Ruiz received this award at the 16th Annual United Nations luncheon on October 27.

President of the World Psychiatric Association, Ruiz is internationally renowned in the field of psychiatric education, cross-cultural psychiatry, administrative psychiatric and health services research. The award recognizes Ruiz’s accomplishments as an international recognized leader in training, service provision and advocacy for persons with psychiatric conditions.

Ruiz expressed pride in the award “after so many years advocating on behalf of the mentally ill, particularly the most socio-economically deprived patients with mental illness. This award represents to me the culmination of my advocacy efforts on behalf of mentally ill patients for several decades.”

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