Dr. Jyotsna Pandya Outstanding Resident Award 2004
Kumar Budur, MD This year’s Dr. Jyotsna Pandya Award for Outstanding Psychiatric Resi-
dent of Indian Origin will be presented to Dr. Kumar Budur, a PGY-III resident at
the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Budur graduated from Vijayanagara
Institute of Medical Sciences, Bellary, India in 1996. He was awarded “The Best
Outgoing Student” from his medical school. He then pursued post graduate train-
ing in UK for 3-1/2 years in clinical psychiatry. He received a Diploma in Clinical
Psychiatry in Ireland in May 2003 and will be completing the final part of the
Royal College of Psychiatrists Examination in April 2004.
Dr. Budur is elected to be one of the Chief Residents for 2003-04 at the
Cleveland Clinic. Over past two years, he has been involved in medical student
teaching and was a member of the committee that prepared the curriculum for
medical students rotating through psychiatry. He has been a mentor and an excel-
lent role model for junior residents according to his program director.
Dr. Budur has been involved in a number of research projects in the De-
partment of Psychiatry and Neurology and has published several papers over the
past two and half years. He is currently working on two research projects includ-
ing psychiatric manifestations in patients with mitochondrial disorders, and the
prevalence of psychiatry disorders following brain surgery. He is also co-authoring
a book titled “MCQ’s for the Boards” expected to be published in June of this year.
Dr. Budur has been recruited to do a Fellowship Program in Sleep Medicine
at the Cleveland Clinic. He plans to return to India to take position in a teaching
hospital after finishing his psychiatric training.
This Award was selected by a committee comprising of Drs. Iqbal Ahmed (Chairperson), Nalini Juthani,
and Surinder Nand.
2003 Harish K. Trivedi
2002 Jyotsna Agarwal
2001 Priyamvada Narayanan
2000 Arif M. Shoaib
1999 Madhavi Prakash
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Brief History of the Indo-American Psychiatric Association
The fall of 1979 was a historic moment for the Indo that have ranged from molecular neuroscience and neuro-
American Psychiatric Association. A handful of individu- imaging to psychosocial and psychodynamic. Workshops
als with a long-term vision met in New York and conceived presented at the APA and the Institute of Psychiatric Ser-
the idea of forming an organization that served the inter- vices by our members attempt to bring the various cultural
ests of psychiatrists of the Indian subcontinent. 25 years issues to the attention of therapists of all backgrounds that
later, it is a fitting tribute to those individuals that the Sil- may impact their diagnosis and treatment of patients of
ver Jubilee celebrations are being held in the city where the Indian background. At our Annual Meeting, awards are
organization sprung from. given for excellence in research, service, post-graduate
The founding members of the AAPI (American training and most recently for excellence in public sector
Association of Psychiatrists from India), as it was initially psychiatry to outstanding psychiatrist of Indian origin in
called, were: Drs. Yoosuf Haveliwala (President), Satish the US and Canada.
Varma (Secretary), Ashwin Pandya (Treasurer), Barin Desai Over the years, several IAPA members have played
(Liaison with the American Psychiatric Association [APA] a role in strengthening the ties of this organization with
and the Indian Psychiatric Society [IPS]), Rajesh Desai and the APA. Dr. Ramaswamy Viswanathan is credited with
Manoj Shah. At that time, despite the limited resources, a establishing the tradition of inviting the APA President Elect
quarterly Newsletter was established with Dr. Shah as its to our Annual Meeting and Banquet (the best party in town).
Editor. This Newsletter provided the necessary medium for Over the years our meetings have been graced by presence
communication between the members and was critical to not only of the President Elect of the APA, but also the Past
the growth of the organization. From its humble beginnings, Presidents as our distinguished guests, a tradition that
and a handful of members, IAPA has now inducted over started with Dr. John Talbott, and continued on with those
1500 members and is steadily growing. that followed. In addition, several other distinguished
Other individuals who played an important role members of the APA have established close ties with our
in coordinating the early activities of this organization, in- members that resulted in close friendships and an endur-
cluding the annual meeting and the establishment of local ing partnership with APA initiatives.
chapters, were Drs. Padam Jain from Connecticut, Prakash Dr. Prakash Desai serves as the current Speaker of
Ettigi from Virginia and many more who relentlessly the APA Assembly. Dr. Nalini Juthani, a member of the
shaped the organization’s name, goals and objectives, rela- Residency Review Committee for psychiatry, is a strong
tionship with the APA and the IPS, membership require- voice for post-graduate & training issues and IMG issues
ments, and many other issues. Dr. Anjali Pandya, the Hon- in general. Dr. Geetha Jayaram is currently the Chair of
orary Executive Director, has provided her utmost dedica- the Scientific Program Committee of the APA. Several other
tion and has played a vital role in keeping the organization members serve on various assembly committees and com-
together and on its feet for these past few decades. Since ponents of the APA. Our members who have served on
its inception, several exemplary leaders have held the Presi- special task forces, e.g., status of J Visas and other IMG is-
dential office of the IAPA including Drs. Girish Shah, sues, have submitted several position papers to the APA.
Jambur Ananth, Velandy Manohar, Ashwin Pandya, Manoj Notably, this year Dr. Van was nominated to con-
Shah, Ramaswami Viswanathan, Nalini Juthani, test for the Office of the President of the APA, and although
Jagannadhan Srinivasaraghavan, and Sanjay Dube’. he did not win the election, he ran a very successful cam-
paign. With his running for this office, we can all believe
Over the past 25 years, there are some noteworthy that the IAPA as an organization has risen from its humble
events worthy of mention. First and foremost are the con- beginnings to a visible and meaningful contributor to the
tributions of IAPA’s members. Each year at the IAPA Sci- decisions that will shape our future and those of our pa-
entific symposium held in concert with the annual meet- tients.
ing of the APA, there are stimulating discussions on topics
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In 1995, the organization changed its name from Collaborative but mutually exclusive ties to the
AAPI to IAPA (Indo-American Psychiatric Association), its Indian Psychiatric Society (IPS) were established with a goal
current name. This was done to signify the integration of to foster exchange of information between the two societ-
second generation Indian American psychiatrists in the ies. While the two societies impose no financial liabilities
organization and in part to distinguish it from another AAPI on each other or voting rights, an attempt to co-sponsor
(American Association of Physicians from India, an orga- meetings in India is high among the IAPA objectives, and
nization that included all physicians from India) with which the IAPA is accorded time on the IPS’s Annual Meeting Sci-
we maintain close ties. The same year, the newsletter was entific Program for an IAPA Symposium. A subsidized
renamed The Forum and formal goals and objectives were registration fee arrangement has been accommodated and
drawn up. there is ongoing scientific exchange through hosting visit-
ing members at the local chapter and national meetings. In
At the present time, we are able to boast of 15 local a testimonial to the close collaborative bond that is devel-
chapters that are very active. For the first 14 years, in addi- oping between the three Societies, the IAPA, IPS and the
tion to New York, the chapters were confined only to the APA over the past few years, two APA Presidents, Dr. Ri-
East coast, in Connecticut and Virginia. In 1993, the Mid- chard Harding and Dr. Paul Appelbaum have attended the
west-Chicago chapter was established paving way to sev- IPS annual meetings in India, accompanying the President
eral other chapters including Pittsburgh, Florida, New Jer- of IAPA, Dr. Van.
sey, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Nashville, Dallas, St. Louis,
Indianapolis and most recently Georgia. The IAPA en- In addition, IAPA maintains close ties to our fam-
compasses all of North America and hence has an active ily of organizations such as the British Indian Psychiatric
chapter North of the border, in Toronto. These chapters Association (BIPA), the Indo Australian Psychiatric Asso-
have provided much of the dynamism and support essen- ciation (IAPA-Australia), and the chapter of Indian psy-
tial for the continued health and prosperity of the organi- chiatrists in New Zealand. This provides another oppor-
zation both in terms of membership but more importantly tunity for psychiatrists of Indian origin to exchange scien-
the service they have provided to their respective commu- tific information and participate in collaborative projects
nities. A few examples of these include the Free Clinic, on a wider global level.
Dosti and Nav Nirman Organizations in New York that pro-
vide free clinical service and substance abuse counseling There are many individuals whose contributions
to children and families of Indian origin, Apna Ghar, a shel- have brought the organization to where it is today who are
ter for abused women in Chicago, numerous workshops, missing from the above documentation of IAPA’s history.
educational seminars and youth forums offered through- The forefathers, the executive officers of the National and
out the country in religious institutions, universities and local chapters who have served in the past, the current of-
media addressing mental health and issues of stigma asso- fice bearers, and the general membership all are to be
ciated with mental illness. thanked for providing their dynamic vision and leadership.
There is much more to be accomplished as we move to-
Internal communication with members is a high wards accomplishing our goals of cultural competence in
priority of IAPA with the Newsletter (renamed The Forum) all psychiatrists, promote learning and research in areas
providing the quarterly news to its members all over the that impact the management of patients of Indian origin,
country, including a special issue that interviews the APA cohesiveness amongst psychiatrists of similar background
Presidential candidates during their campaign. A web site, and advocacy for special needs of psychiatrists of Asian
www.myiapa.org, provides information about membership, Indian origin. These efforts will ensure that we leave be-
organizational updates, chapter news and meeting agen- hind a legacy for subsequent generations of Indo Ameri-
das, mission statement of the organization and is currently can psychiatrists and other mental health professionals, that
under the able direction of Dr. Sudha Prathikanti who rep- they are proud of, and provides them the impetus to con-
resents the next generation of psychiatrists of Indian ori- tinue their commitment and growth.
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Profiles in Excellence
On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the IAPA, we are pleased to profile some of our members who have made
substantial contributions to American Psychiatry, the mental health field and the Indo-American Psychiatric Association.
The profiles presented here are only a representative sample from the nominations received. This is not meant to be a
comprehensive list, and there are many other mental health professionals of Indian origin whose contributions could also
have been profiled here except for the space, time and fiscal constraints.
Salman Akhtar, MD, is Lecturer in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School Salman Akhtar, MD
and Professor of Psychiatry at Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia. He is
also a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Philadelphia Psychoanalytic
Institute. Dr. Akhtar is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and
the American College of Psychoanalysts. He is the Book Review Editor of the
Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, an Associate editor of the Journal of
Psychotherapy Practice and Research, and has served on the Editorial Board of
the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, and the International Jour-
nal of Psycho-Analysis. He is an editorial reader for the Psychoanalytic Quar-
terly and seven other journals. He is the author of Broken Structures, Quest for
Answers, Inner Torment, Immigration, and Identity, and New Clinical Realms. Dr.
Akhtar’s more than 185 scientific publications also include 19 edited or co-
edited books: New Psychiatric Syndromes, Beyond the Symbiotic Orbit, The Trauma
of Transgression, When the Body Speaks, Mahler and Kohut, The Birth of Hatred, The
Internal Mother, Intimacy and Infidelity, The Seed of Madness, The Seasons of Life,
The Colors of Childhood, Brothers and Sisters, Thicker than Blood, Does God Help?,
Three Faces of Mourning, The Language of Emotions, Mental Zoo, Cultural Zoo and
Real and Imaginary Fathers.
Dr. Akhtar has delivered many prestigious addresses and lectures includ-
ing a Plenary Address at the 2nd International Congress of the International
Society for the Study of Personality Disorders in Oslo, Norway (1991), an In-
vited Plenary Paper at the 2nd International Margaret S. Mahler Symposium
in Cologne, Germany (1993), an Invited Plenary Paper at the Rencontre Franco-
Americaine de Psychanalyse meeting in Paris, France (1994), an Invited Key-
note Address at the Annual Meetings of the Division 39 of the American Psy-
chological Association (1994), the Donald Rinsley Memorial Lecture at the
Menninger Clinic (1995), the Lee Hasenbush Memorial Lecture at Massachu-
setts Mental Health Center (1996), the Sandor Feldman Memorial Lecture at
the University of Rochester School of Medicine (1997), the Richard Scharf Me-
morial Lecture at New York University Medical School (1997), Alice Kiessling
Memorial Lecture at the American Society of Psychoanalytic Physicians (1998),
John Graff Memorial Lecture at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN (1999), the
Karen Horney Lecture of the Association for Advancement of Psychoanalysis
(2002) and the Plenary Address at the Annual Meetings of the Canadian Psy-
choanalytic Association (2002). Dr. Akhtar is the recipient of the Journal of the
American Psychoanalytic Association’s Best Paper of the Year Award (1995),
the Margaret Mahler Literature Prize (1996), the ASPP’s Sigmund Freud Award
(2000), and the American Psychoanalytic Association’s Edith Sabshin Award
(2000). He is a Scholar-in-Residence at the Interact Theatre Company in Phila-
delphia and has published six volumes of poetry.
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Jambur Ananth, MD Jambur Ananth, MD, Adjunct Professor Emeritus, Department of Psy-
chiatry, University of California, Los Angeles and Director, Psychopharmacol-
ogy Unit, and Clinical Director, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, received his
medical degree from Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India, and trained in
Psychiatry in India, US and Canada. Besides Board certification in Psychiatry,
his psychiatric credentials include a DPM (India), Dip Psych (Canada), CRCP
(Canada). FRCP (Canada), and FRCP (UK), He has published over 350 papers
in the areas of biological psychiatry and psychopharmacology. He has received
several honors for his clinical care, teaching and research. The many awards
he received include the first Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award (1997)
from the IAPA and the Kun-Po Soo Award and the George Tarzan Award from
Nutan Atre Vaidya, MD Nutan Atre Vaidya, MD, is the Chairman of the Department of Psychia-
try and Behavioral Sciences at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and
Science (formerly Finch University of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical
School) in North Chicago, Illinois. A graduate of The Chicago Medical School
psychiatry residency, Dr. Vaidya was Vice-chairman from 1994-2002, Interim-
chairman from 2002-2003, and became Chairman of the department in 2003.
From 1992 to 1994, she was Associate Residency Director, and from 1994-2003,
Medical Student Director. As Medical Student Director, she coordinated the
clinical neuroscience course and the third-year clerkship. Her research includes
studies of the relationship of mood disorder to temperament, and medical stu-
dent and resident temperament and career choice. Board Certified in Psychia-
try, she cares for patients at the neuropsychiatry clinic at the VA Medical Cen-
ter, North Chicago, and in the Women’s Clinic at the Rosalind Franklin Uni-
versity Clinics. In 1999, she won The Chicago Medical School’s Lawrence R.
Medoff Award for clinical care, teaching and research, and in 1995, NAMI’s
award for exemplary psychiatrist. She is on the Executive Council for the As-
sociation of Directors of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry (ADMSEP)
and is the President of the Midwest chapter of the Indo-American Psychiatric
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Dr. Bhaskar Dave, MD, is the Superintendent and the Clinical Direc- Dr. Bhaskar Dave
tor since 1984 of the Mental Health Institute in Independence, Iowa, the larg-
est of the state psychiatric hospitals in Iowa. Dr. Dave received his pre-medi-
cal and medical education in Bombay, India. After graduating from the Uni-
versity of Bombay in 1967, he completed his Psychiatry Residency at the Men-
tal Health Institute, Independence, Iowa. Dr. Dave is Board Certified in Psy-
Dr. Dave served as the Director of Psychiatric Residency Training
Program at Independence Mental Health Institute from 1977 to 1984. He was
a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Iowa
College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa from 1975 to 1995. In 1985, he was in-
vited to testify before the Committee on Labor and Human Resources, United
States Senate, regarding the care of the chronically mentally ill.
Dr. Dave, a Distinguished Fellow of APA, has been a Deputy Repre-
sentative or Representative of Iowa Psychiatric Society to the Assembly of
American Psychiatric Association since 1977. Dr. Dave has been a member of
the Executive Committee of the Iowa Psychiatric Society since 1977 and served
as its President from 1984 to 1985.
Dr. Prakash Desai, Professor of Psychiatry and Associate Dean at the Prakash Desai, MD
College of Medicine, University of Illinois, Chicago, Chief of Staff at VA Chicago
Healthcare System, is the Speaker of the Assembly of the American Psychiatric
Dr. Desai graduated from the University of Baroda, India, and completed
his psychiatric residency at Northwestern University Medical School. He holds
memberships in numerous medical societies and received many grants and
awards. Dr. Desai received two major awards from the American Psychiatric As-
sociation: the Oskar Pfister Award for 1995 for his important contributions to the
humanistic and spiritual side of psychiatric and medical issues and the George
Tarzan Award in 2003 given annually to an international graduate who has made
the most significant contribution to American society. Other awards include the
Brice Boyer 1987 Award from the Society for Psychological Anthropology.
Dr. Desai served the APA in several positions including as the Recorder
of the Assembly and as the Speaker-elect. His election as Speaker of the APA
Assembly represents the highest position held by an Indian psychiatrist in the
association. Other positions held by him include being the President of National
Association of VA Chiefs of Psychiatry (92-93) and the President of American
Association of South Asian Psychiatrists (77-79). He has been a member of several
important committees and taskforces dealing with mental health law and public
His listing of publications is extensive and includes three books, Triumph
and Tragedy: Psychohistorical Decisions of Mahatma Gandhi, Health and Medicine in
the Hindu Tradition, and Selfhood and Context – Some Indian Solutions. Dr. Desai
continues to participate actively in the provision of psychiatric services. He has
been associated with IAPA since its early days.
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Mantosh Dewan, MD Mantosh Dewan, MD, is Professor and Chairman of the Department of
Psychiatry at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York, where
he has also served as Director of Undergraduate Education and Director of
Residency Training. His 200 papers, abstracts and presentations are on topics
that range from brain imaging and economics of mental health care to psycho-
therapy. He is Co-Editor of two books: The Difficult to Treat Psychiatric Patient
(2001), which has been translated into Italian and Spanish and The Art and
Science of Brief Psychotherapies (2004), which has been chosen for the Core Com-
petencies in Psychotherapy Series by the American Psychiatric Associations’
Press. He has an active clinical practice and is listed in The Best Doctors in
America. Dr. Dewan is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric
Association and has received the Scientific Achievement Award from the Indo-
American Psychiatrists Association and the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from
NAMI. He is on the Editorial Board of Annals of Clinical Psychiatry.
Mary Ganguli, MD Mary Ganguli, MD, FRCP(C), MPH, Professor of Psychiatry and Epide-
miology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Graduate School
of Public Health, graduated from.Christian Medical College, Vellore, India.
She trained in general psychiatry at Memorial University, St. John’s, Newfound-
land, Canada, and at the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. Board Certi-
fied in Psychiatry with added qualifications in Geriatric Psychiatry, Dr. Ganguli
is also certified in General Psychiatry by the Royal College of Physicians and
Surgeons (Canada), and has a MPH in Epidemiology from the University of
Dr Ganguli, listed in “Best Doctors” since 1998, directs psychiatric ser-
vices at the Benedum Geriatrics Center, an unique interdisciplinary ambula-
tory care program. She is quite active in teaching fifth-year fellows in geriatric
psychiatry, psychiatry residents and medical students, receiving the Golden
Apple teaching award from housestaff. She also serves as thesis and disserta-
tion advisor to graduate and doctoral students.
Dr. Ganguli’s research interest is in the epidemiology of late-life mental
disorders, particularly Alzheimer’s and other dementias. She has completed
two major NIA-funded research projects: a 15-year study in the mid-
Monongahela Valley of southwestern Pennsylvania, and a 9-year study in
Ballabgarh, India. Dr. Ganguli has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles,
invited papers, book chapters, and published abstracts. She has served on
several NIH study sections since 1991; she has served as consultant on demen-
tia to the WHO, the CDC, and the FDA, on the editorial boards of three jour-
nals, and as ad hoc reviewer on several others.
Dr. Ganguli is an active member of the Pittsburgh chapter of the IAPA,
where her major interest is in mental health educational outreach to the South
Asian community. The Pittsburgh IAPA has delivered presentations to temple,
masjid, and church groups as well as temple-sponsored youth camps. Dr.
Ganguli has also recently helped found a South Asian Women’s Forum in Pitts-
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Rohan Ganguli, MD, is Professor of Psychiatry, Pathology, Health & Rohan Ganguli, MD
Community Systems and Vice Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at
the University of Pittsburgh Medical School and the Chief of Clinical Services
of Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, one of the nation’s largest private
psychiatric hospitals,. He received his medical training at the Christian Medi-
cal College, Vellore, India and completed his psychiatric residency at Memo-
rial University in Canada. Since 1978, he has been on the faculty at the Univer-
sity of Pittsburgh Medical School, where he has held many positions including
Director of Schizophrenia Inpatient Services and Medical and Research Direc-
tor of the Schizophrenia Treatment and Research Center.
Dr. Ganguli’s research has focused on the etiology and treatment of schizo-
phrenia and related psychotic illnesses. He has over 100 publications, includ-
ing papers in peer-reviewed journals, review articles and book chapters. Dr.
Ganguli has been the recipient of a Research Career Development Award from
the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH) and an Established Investi-
gator Award from the National Alliance for Research in Schizophrenia and
Affective Disorder (NARSAD). He has had several research project grants from
the federal government, NARSAD, the Stanley foundation, and from the phar-
maceutical industry. Dr. Ganguli is currently a member of the Data and Safety
Monitoring Board (DSMB) of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH),
and also an ad hoc grant reviewer for the NIMH, the VA Merit Review System,
and the Medical Research Council of Canada. He is an editorial consultant for
numerous journals including the Journal of the American Medical Association
(JAMA), the American Journal of Psychiatry, the Archives of General Psychia-
try, Schizophrenia Research, and Biological Psychiatry.
Dr. Ganguli also continues to take care of patients and has been listed in
“America’s Top Doctors” and in “Best Doctors in America” for several years.
He is very active in advocating for mental health services, and currently serves
as Chair of the Allegheny County Mental Health/Mental Retardation Advisory
Board. For his work as a clinician and advocate he has been awarded the
Exemplary Psychiatrist Award in 1994 by the National Alliance for the Mentally
Ill (NAMI), the Leadership Award, by the Pennsylvania Forensic Rights
Conference in 2000, and the Psychiatrist of the Year award by NAMI in 2003.
Dilip V. Jeste, MD, is the Estelle and Edgar Levi Chair in Aging, Director Dilip V. Jeste, MD
of the Sam and Rose Stein Institute for Research on Aging, and Professor of
Psychiatry and Neurosciences, University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and
VA San Diego Healthcare System. He is also the Director of the Advanced
Center for Interventions and Services Research at UCSD focusing on psychosis
in late-life, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).
Dr. Jeste obtained his medical education in Poona, and psychiatry training
in Bombay, India. In the USA, he completed his psychiatry residency at Cornell
University and Neurology residency at George Washington University. He
was a research fellow, and later, Chief of the Units on Movement Disorders
and Dementias at the NIMH before moving to San Diego.
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Dr. Jeste is the Principal Investigator on several research and training
grants. He has published six books, and over 400 articles in peer-reviewed
journals and books. He is the past President of the American Association for
Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP) and the West Coast College of Biological
Psychiatry (WCCBP), and the Founding President of the International College
of Geriatric Psychoneuropharmacology. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the
American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. He has been listed in “The Best Doctors
in America” and has received several awards including the A.E. Bennett
Neuropsychiatric Research Award from the Society of Biological Psychiatry;
MERIT Award from the NIMH; Commendation for Dedicated Service from
the American Legion, Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Commission; Senior
Investigator Award from the AAGP; C. Charles Burlingame Award from the
Institute of Living; Distinguished Psychiatrist Lecture Award as well the Jack
Weinberg Memorial Award in Geriatric Psychiatry from the APA; Warren B.
Smith Research Award from the WCCBP, Life-Time Service Award from the
American College of International Physicians; and Distinguished Investigator
Award from the NARSAD. He has written articles in Time and Esquire, has
been interviewed on the National Public Radio, and has been cited in the New
York Times, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, Newsday, and Reader’s Digest.
He is in the Institute of Scientific Information list of the “World’s Most Cited
Authors”—comprising less than one-half of one percent of all publishing
researchers of the last two decades.
Nalini Juthani, MD Nalini Juthani, MD, is a Professor of Psychiatry at the Albert Einstein
College of Medicine in New York. She was the Residency Program Director
and Assistant Dean for Undergraduate affairs at the Bronx Lebanon Hospital
Center for 25 years. She is an Accreditation Representative with the ACGME.
Dr. Juthani is Board Certified in Psychiatry and serves as a Board Exam-
iner. She was also appointed as a member of the Residency Review Commit-
tee (RRC) of Psychiatry. She has served on the Executive committee of the
American Association of the Directors of Psychiatric Residency (AADPRT).
Dr. Juthani was a recipient of several honors, including the ‘Teacher of
the Year’ award given by the Association of Academic Psychiatry. In 2001, she
was a finalist for the Parker J. Palmer award. She has published widely in the
areas of education, culture, religion and spirituality in medicine, and has pre-
sented on various topics concerning mental health among Indian Americans.
Above all, Dr. Juthani has served on the Executive Committee of the In-
dian American Psychiatric Association as an Editor of Forum, Secretary and
President. During her tenure as President of IAPA, her Executive Committee
established the annual ‘Outstanding Resident Award’. Dr. Juthani is known
by her colleagues as a path setter in Psychiatric Education. She was the first
IMG caucus president and a member of the Task Force on Strategic Planning
with the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Juthani, a Distinguished Fel-
low of the APA, will be the Marshall at the annual Convocation of the APA
Fellows on Monday, May 3, 2004, leading the fellows to the Convocation.
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Matcheri S. Keshavan, MD, is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University Matcheri S. Keshavan, MD
of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and is the Director of Research, Comprehen-
sive Care Services Division at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, Pitts-
burgh. Dr. Keshavan received his medical training in Mysore, India, and his
psychiatric training in Bangalore (India), Vienna, London, and Detroit. In 1986,
Dr. Keshavan joined the faculty of Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. In
July 2002, Dr. Keshavan was appointed the Director of Research for the Com-
prehensive Care Services Division.
Dr. Keshavan is closely involved in research in neurobiology of psycho-
sis, especially as it pertains to first episode psychotic disorders. His research,
funded by several grants, has resulted in over 180 publications to date, includ-
ing over 175 peer-reviewed papers, three books, 20 book chapters and over 140
abstracts. He has received several awards including the Gaskell Medal of the
Royal College of Psychiatrists (1985), Nancy Roeske Certificate of the APA in
(1993), the Golden Apple Award for Teaching at the Department of Psychiatry
in 1992 and 1994, the Research Scientist Development Award from NIMH and
the Psychiatrist of the year (2003) from NAMI, Pennsylvania.
He edits the newsletter Insight and serves on the editorial board for jour-
nals such as the Journal of Psychotic Disorders, Biological Psychiatry, and Schizo-
phrenia Research and is often invited to speak at national and international con-
ferences. He has an active clinical practice and serves as the Director of the
Services for the Treatment of Early Psychoses (STEP) Program.
Ranga Rama Krishnan, MD, is Chairman of the Department of Psychia- Ranga R. Krishnan, MD
try & Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center. He is also an
international expert in treating depression and other brain disorders of the eld-
Dr. Krishnan received his medical degree from Madras Medical College,
Madras, India,. After completing internships in India and the West Indies, he
came to Duke university, where he was Chief Resident in Psychiatry from 1982-
83 and a Fellow in Neurobiology until 1984. Dr. Krishnan joined Duke faculty
in 1985 and ascended to Medical Director of the Affective Disorders Unit in
1989. He was named Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry in 1998.
Dr. Krishnan has written three books, more than 50 textbook chapters,
and more than 300 journal articles on the subjects of elderly depression, de-
mentia, Alzheimer’s disease, panic disorder, bipolar disorder in late life, and
obsessive-compulsive disorder, among others. In the late 1990s, he identified
and described the pathology of a then little-known condition called vascular
depression, in which small strokes in the mood centers of the brain give rise to
a unique type of depression.
The numerous honors and recognitions Dr. Krishnan has received include
his inclusion in Marquis’s Who’s Who in Science and Engineering and the Distin-
guished Investigator Award from the National Alliance for Research on Schizo-
phrenia and Depression, and the Klerman Award from DBSA.
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