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OHSU Department of Psychiatry Announces Appointments, Awards

   Portland, Ore.

Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine psychiatry faculty have received the following appointments, awards:Keepers_george

George Keepers, M.D., chairman and professor of psychiatry in the OHSU School of Medicine, has been elected to the American College of Psychiatrists (ACP), a nonprofit honorary association of psychiatrists who've been recognized for their significant contributions to the profession. Keepers will be inducted at the ACP's annual meeting in February 2005. Keepers has been on faculty at OHSU for 23 years. His current clinical and research interests are in the field of neuropsychiatry, particularly attention deficit disorder; he is the director of the OHSU Adult Attention Deficit Disorder Clinic.

Norwood Knight-Richardson, M.D., M.B.A.,associate professor of psychiatry, has been appointed director of the Public Psychiatry Training Program in the OHSU School of Medicine. This resident training program was founded in 1973 and emphasizes mental health care for patients in state institutions as well as community mental health programs. Knight-Richardson brings an extensive history of community involvement and public service to his new role, including membership on the Citizens Advisory Committee to the Texas Mental Health Board and vice chairmanship of the Texas Commission on Alcohol and Substance Abuse. He has also served on the President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health and is a member of the National Advisory Mental Health Council for the National Institutes of Mental Health.

William Wilson, M.D., professor of psychiatry, has been appointed director of inpatient psychiatric services, OHSU School of Medicine. As interim director for the past 2 1/2 year, Wilson has successfully implemented a model of inpatient treatment that preserves patient dignity, reduces coercion and eliminates seclusion and restraint to the greatest extent possible. Wilson joined the OHSU School of Medicine faculty in 1989. Since that time he has received national and state awards in recognition of his professional support and advocacy activities, as well as his contributions to medical education, resident training and clinical excellence.

Al Lewy, Ph.D., M.D., professor of psychiatry and senior vice chairman of psychiatry, OHSU School of Medicine, has been named the Department of Psychiatry's Richard H. Phillips Professor of Biological Psychiatry. As such, he will concentrate his energies in broadening the scope of his research into understanding and treating the disjointed, disabling circadian rhythms exhibited by blind adults, children and infants. Lewy is internationally known for his pioneering work in the measurement of melatonin and the delineation and treatment of circadian rhythm disturbances such as seasonal affective disorder.


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