APA President Maria A. Oquendo, M.D., Ph.D., Begins New Role as Psychiatry Department Chair at Penn Medicine

APA President Maria A. Oquendo, M.D., Ph.D., Begins New Role as Psychiatry Department Chair at Penn Medicine

ARLINGTON, Va. Jan. 3, 2017 – APA President Maria A. Oquendo, M.D., Ph.D., began a new position today as Professor and Chair of Psychiatry at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. In her new role, she will lead a large, research-oriented department whose faculty members practice and conduct research in psychiatry and behavioral health, including depression, schizophrenia, eating disorders and substance use disorders. Oquendo was previously Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center.

“I am excited to join the psychiatry faculty at Penn Medicine and lead this accomplished team,” Oquendo said. “Together we can discover new ways to treat mental illness and offer the highest quality care to our patients.”

Dr. Oquendo graduated from Tufts University in 1980 and received her M.D. from Columbia University in 1984. She completed her residency training at the Payne Whitney Clinic of New York Hospital Cornell. She received her Ph.D. in Psychiatry from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in 2010. Read more about Dr. Oquendo’s research on suicide and goals for her APA presidency.

The American Psychiatric Association is a national medical specialty society whose 36,500 physician members specialize in the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and research of mental illnesses, including substance use disorders.

Penn Medicine is one of the world's leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. Penn Medicine consists of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Pennsylvania Health System.

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