HSC Welcomes New Psychiatry Chair



ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Mauricio Tohen, M . D . , DrPH, MBA , is the new chair of the Department of Psychiatry at UNM’s Health Sciences Center. Tohen, who previously was the h ead of the Division of Mood & Anxiety Disorders and the Krus Endowed Tenured Professor in Psychiatry at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio , is expected to start February 1, 2013.

Born and raised in Mexico City, Tohen earned his medical degree from the National University of Mexico, and his Doctorate in Public Health (epidemiology) from Harvard University. His postdoctoral training includes a residency in Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and a fellowship at McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Tohen also earned an MBA degree from the Indiana University Kelly School of Business.

“We’re pleased to welcome Dr. Tohen, who has such superb qualifications ideal for UNM’s Department of Psychiatry,” offers Dr. Paul Roth, UNM Chancellor for Health Sciences and dean, UNM School of Medicine. “He will bring tremendous leadership skills to our faculty, staff and students.”

Tohen will be responsible for creating and articulating a vision for the Department of Psychiatry; contributing to UNM School of Medicine’s strategic plan; and managing the career development and performance across department faculty and staff, among other duties.

Tohen was clinical director of the Bipolar and Psychotic Disorders Program at McLean Hospital from 1988-1997. In 1997 he joined Lilly Research Laboratories where he held the senior most scientific rank of Distinguished Lilly Scholar. In 2009, he joined the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Among numerous awards and honors, Tohen has received a National Service Award in Psychiatric Epidemiology from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and Harvard University.

Tohen has more than 250 original publications. He has received a FIRST award from NIMH, the Pope Award from McLean Hospital, a NARSAD Young Investigator Award and in 2011 the Simon Bolivar Award from the American Psychiatric Association for outstanding contribution to education, research and overall achievement in Psychiatry; and leadership in Hispanic Psychiatry. He is the past president of the International Society for Bipolar Disorders (2010-2012) and the president-elect of the American Society for Hispanic Psychiatrists (2013-2015).

“I feel very honored that I have received this opportunity and look forward to working with my new colleagues in UNM’s renowned Department of Psychiatry,” Tohen remarks. “Our goal will be to foster strong collaboration within the department and among other clinical and basic science departments, as well as with UNM Hospital, while identifying new opportunities in clinical service, education, research and community outreach. I’m truly excited about building upon the Health Sciences Center’s educational, clinical and research missions through innovative, practical solutions to our most pressing mental health challenges and opportunities in the state of New Mexico.”
Contact: Luke Frank, 272-3322

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