TWO UMASS MEDICAL SCHOOL FACULTY NAMED OUTSTANDING PSYCHIATRISTS BY MASSACHUSETTS PSYCHIATRIC SOCIETY

April 16, 2004

WORCESTER, Mass.— W. Peter Metz, MD, and Anthony J. Rothschild, MD, both of the University of Massachusetts Medical School and UMass Memorial Medical Center, have been chosen by the  Massachusetts Psychiatric Society to receive its prestigious Outstanding Psychiatrist Awards. Drs. Metz and Rothschild are among six professionals chosen statewide for their exceptional service in the areas of research, clinical psychiatry, public sector, advancement of the profession, education and lifetime achievement.

“The Department of Psychiatry is doubly delighted for Peter Metz and Tony Rothschild,” said Paul S. Appelbaum, MD, chair of the department. “This is a wonderful and very well deserved tribute to Peter, who has been the motivating force behind our child psychiatry residency, and has been deeply involved in teaching adult residents, medical students, and practitioners, for many years. And Tony, who is one of the world’s experts on psychotic depression, has made enormous contributions to this department since his arrival in 1996.  In addition to founding our Center for Psychopharmacologic Research and Treatment, Tony has helped in completely revamping our residency training in biological psychiatry and developing our psychopharmacologic research efforts. We couldn’t be more pleased for them both.”

Dr. Metz, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, has been selected to receive the MPS’s award for his work in education.  He has been the training director for the residency program at UMass Medical School in child and adolescent psychiatry since 1990, the first year that residents were graduated from the program. “It’s been gratifying to recruit, as a direct result of our outstanding residency program, child psychiatrists to the faculty who also provide care in the region,” Metz noted. “Nationwide, child psychiatry residency programs have difficulty recruiting, and about half of the programs do not attract as many physicians as they’d like. But since 1990 UMMS has been successful in filling all of our positions each year, and since many of our residents stay to practice in Massachusetts, we’re helping to ease the shortage of child psychiatrists in the region. I am very pleased to be honored by the Society.” Metz has also been active in the education and training of UMass medical students, general psychiatry residents, and pediatric residents for 21 years.

Dr. Rothschild, the Irving S. and Betty Brudnick Professor of Psychiatry and Director of Clinical Research in the Department of Psychiatry and a widely known expert on psychotic depression, was selected to receive the MPS’s award for his outstanding research in the field of antidepressants.  Interested in psychiatric research since his residency at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Rothschild has focused his work on psychopharmacology and the pathophysiology and treatment of psychotic depression, including the sexual dysfunction side effects of antidepressants. He also studies psychoneuroendicrinology, a burgeoning area of inquiry into the interface of endocrinology and psychiatry, and recently publishing the comprehensive reference book Psychoneuroendocrinology: The Scientific Basis of Clinical Practice (American Psychiatric Press, 2003).

The MPS represents more than 1,7000 psychiatric physicians and is a non-profit organization providing professional support, education, advocacy and practice development. MPS members, the majority of psychiatrists in the state, are physicians who are committed to providing outstanding medical psychiatric care through accurate diagnosis and comprehensive treatment of mental health and emotional issues. The society seeks to achieve this goal by promoting public and professional education, legislation that addresses the needs and rights of the mentally and emotionally ill, and by advocating for the allocation of public and private resources for treatment, research, and education. The MPS provides a supportive and professional community for its members. 

The University of Massachusetts Medical School, one of the fastest growing academic health centers in the country, has built a reputation as a world-class research institution, consistently producing noteworthy advances in clinical and basic research.  The Medical School attracts more than $154 million in research funding annually, 80 percent of which comes from federal funding sources.     UMMS is the academic partner of UMass Memorial Health Care, the largest health care provider in Central Massachusetts. For more information visit www.umassmed.edu and www.umassmemorial.org .

Contact: Alison Duffy, Public Affairs, (508) 856-2000  alison.duffy@umassmed.edu