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Thomas Schwartz named Pyschiatry chair

Thomas Schwartz, MD, named chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Thomas Schwartz, MD, has been named chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. The appointment was announced by College of Medicine Dean Lawrence Chin, MD.

“I am pleased and honored to have Dr. Schwartz lead the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences,” Chin said. “The department has benefited greatly from his interim service and we look forward to his continued leadership as chair.”

In his role as interim chair, which he has held since 2016, Schwartz has led efforts to increase the number of residents, the amount of research being conducted and an expansion of clinical services for adults and children, including specialty programs in child psychiatry, addiction and for treating high risk suicidal patients.

Earlier this year, under Schwartz’s leadership, Upstate opened its first dedicated inpatient psychiatric unit for adolescents.

In May, the department was recognized by the American Psychiatric Association with the Psychiatric Services Achievement Award for its Rural-Academic Partnership Program designed to address the shortage of psychiatrists in rural areas of central and upstate New York.

Since joining the faculty in 1999, Schwartz has been active on many teaching, administrative and curriculum committees and provides direct resident supervision, lectures in several courses, and directs and organizes continuing medical education events for the psychiatry and behavioral sciences department.

Schwartz has been honored throughout his career with numerous awards, including SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Upstate President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Nancy Roeske, MD, Irma Bland, certificates of Recognition for Excellence in Medical Student and Resident Education from the American Psychiatric Association.

Schwartz received his medical degree from Upstate Medical University, where he also completed and his residency in adult psychiatry.

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