April 19, 2013
Sheldon Benjamin, MD, professor of psychiatry and neurology and vice chair of education for the Department of Psychiatry, has been elected president of the American Neuropsychiatric Association (ANPA). He was installed at its annual meeting held in Boston April 3-6.
Neuropsychiatrists are physicians who treat patients with cognitive and behavioral problems caused by brain disease. The ANPA, established in 1988, is a non-profit organization of professionals in neuropsychiatry, behavioral neurology, neuropsychology and the clinical neurosciences, with more than 700 members worldwide. Its mission is to improve the lives of people with disorders at the interface of psychiatry and neurology.
In speaking at the annual conference, Dr. Benjamin summarized his ideas on basic neuropsychiatric values, saying, “Patients deserve an accurate diagnosis, the physician must often draw on knowledge that bridges specialties to understand a disorder and treatment must follow pathophysiology.” He also announced the establishment of a national taskforce on neuropsychiatry and health care reform, to be chaired by Jordan Eisenstock, MD, assistant professor of neurology and psychiatry.
Benjamin will serve as ANPA president until March 2015.