Jack David Barchas, M.D.

Psychiatry

Jack David Barchas, M.D.

Jack Barchas, MD is the Barklie McKee Henry Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College and Psychiatrist-in-Chief of Weill Cornell Medical Center of the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, including the Payne Whitney Clinic in Manhattan and Westchester.

Previously, Dr. Barchas was the Dean for Research Development and for Neuroscience at UCLA School of Medicine and a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences. He obtained his medical degree at Yale, took an internship at the Pritzker School of Medicine of the University of Chicago, postdoctoral training at the NIH, and his psychiatry residency at Stanford where he was a faculty member through 1989. At Stanford, he held the Nancy Friend Pritzker Professorship and was the Director of the Pritzker Laboratory at Stanford, an interdisciplinary program centered about fundamental aspects of behavioral neurobiology. He also served as Associate Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Apart from his departmental administrative activities, Dr. Barchas has been deeply involved in public policy issues. For 12 years he chaired the Board on Biobehavioral Science and Mental Disorders of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. The Board produced evaluations for the federal government dealing with health needs and research opportunities. Dr. Barchas served for four years as as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the New York Academy of Medicine and currently chairs the Board of the Association for Research on Nervous and Mental Disorders. He is President of the Pasarow Foundation, which provides awards for extraordinary scientific achievement in the fields of neuropsychiatry, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. He was the Director of the Pritzker Network, which involved cross-institutional research efforts dealing with basic and clinical science of severe mental illness, involving Cornell, Michigan, and Stanford. Dr. Barchas was also Editor of the Archives of General Psychiatry for eight years.

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