About Us : Message from the Interim Chair

October 2018

Dear Friends,

As you’ve heard by now, our beloved Chair of the Department Dr. Charlie Nemeroff has stepped down after accepting a position at Dell Medical School in Austin, Texas. In addition to moving closer to his grandchildren, he will be leading the newly established Institute for Early Life Adversity Research. Though Dr. Nemeroff will be tremendously missed, it is truly a wonderful opportunity for him to continue pursuing work he is passionate about. We wish him nothing but the best and look forward to watching him grow this important new Institute.
In light of this leadership change, I wanted to take the opportunity to introduce myself as the new Interim Chair for UM’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences as well as provide an update on our current work.
I joined the faculty at UM in 2011 as Vice-Chair for Education. In the years since, in addition to education and the training of our outstanding residents, I became the director of all departmental clinical services.
Prior to joining UM, I spent 10 years at The Ohio State University, my alma mater, where I served as Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Executive Director of OSU Harding Psychiatric Hospital.
I received my M.D. from Tufts University Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, where I also completed my internship before residency at the Tufts- New England Medical Center Hospitals.
The focus of my clinical research has been on developing effective treatment interventions for patients with mood and anxiety disorders and comorbid medical and psychiatric disorders (such as cardiac disease and HIV infection). This includes extensive experience in conducting pharmacotherapy trials for mood and anxiety disorders.
Here in our department, we have an exciting gamut of projects ahead and I hope you will join me in embracing the possibilities these projects offer. Our joint venture with Acadia Healthcare will bring a new, state-of-the-art behavioral health facility to Miami that will provide outstanding clinical care to our community and opportunities for research and education. We continue to grow the department, welcoming new faculty with expertise in a variety of subject areas including neuropsychology, psycho-oncology, emergency psychiatry, child/adolescent and adult psychiatry. And, our commitment to training the next generation of leaders in the field of psychiatry goes unchanged. We are thrilled to welcome our newest class of 15 residents from all around the world, each of whom wields a promising future in mental health treatment.
Our brand new Center for Cognitive Neuroscience and Aging led by Dr. David Loewenstein is poised to become an international leader in understanding the aging brain, and a hub to develop and employ the most state-of-the-art techniques for the study of brain disorders such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
While change is never easy, it is inevitable. After a remarkable nine years, the departure of Dr. Nemeroff, our exceptional Chair, will undoubtedly be difficult and require time to adjust.
I am pleased to have the opportunity to lead this terrific department and am confident that with positive energy and an unending commitment to bettering the lives of people with mental health disorders, we will continue to flourish.
As always, please do not hesitate to reach out with questions.

Most Sincerely,

Dr. Radu Saveanu