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Jun. 6,  2011

New Leader for Emory's Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

News Article ImageMark Hyman Rapaport, MD, Photo courtesy Cedars-Sinai

ATLANTA– Mark Hyman Rapaport, MD, a distinguished academic leader in the study and treatment of mental illness, has been selected to become the chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University School of Medicine.  

Rapaport currently is the Polier Family Chair in Schizophrenia and Related Disorders in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at Cedars-Sinai, and vice chair and professor in the Department of Psychiatry at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).  

A board-certified psychiatrist, Rapaport has trained and mentored students, physicians and researchers in the field of psychopharmacology. His research focuses on the biologic genesis of anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, depression and immunity abnormalities in schizophrenia.  

“Dr. Rapaport is an excellent leader.  He will enrich and sustain our research, clinical and academic efforts in the field of behavioral neurosciences,” says Thomas J. Lawley, MD, dean of Emory University School of Medicine. “His professional background exemplifies Emory’s dedication to providing outstanding clinical care, and typifies its commitment to understanding the biological function of the brain, and developing better treatments for all types of mental illness. We are delighted to have him on board.”  

Rapaport has served as first chair of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Clinical Trials Network Data Safety Monitoring Board, and chair of its Special Review Committee. Additionally, he has served on National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Review Committees. He has received peer-reviewed grant funding from the NIMH, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, The Stanley Medical Research Institute, the Veterans Affairs Research Board and the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD) Foundation.  

A graduate of Revelle College at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Rapaport received his medical degree from UCSD School of Medicine and completed an internship in internal medicine at Long Beach Veterans Administration and the University of California, Irvine Medical Center.  Following his residency at UCSD, he completed a research fellowship at UCSD’s Department of Psychiatry and a clinical fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland where he later served as a guest researcher.  

Dr. Rapaport will begin his official role as chair September 15, 2011.


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