Sheldon Benjamin receives Gary J. Tucker Award for Lifetime Achievement in Neuropsychiatry

UMass Medical School Communications

April 09, 2018
  Sheldon Benjamin, MD

Sheldon Benjamin, MD

Sheldon Benjamin, MD, received the 2018 Gary J. Tucker Award for Lifetime Achievement in Neuropsychiatry at the 29th annual meeting of the American Neuropsychiatric Association in Boston in March.

The award, established in memory of Gary J. Tucker, MD, former chair of the University of Washington Department of Psychiatry, past president of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, former chair of the Dartmouth Department of Psychiatry, and an early ANPA leader, is the highest honor awarded by ANPA. The Tucker Award honors individuals who have demonstrated sustained commitment and service to ANPA, and whose career exemplifies the professional and personal values of deep humanitarianism, superlative scholarship, advancement of the understanding of brain-behavior relationships as they affect mental illness, nationally recognized academic leadership in neuropsychiatry, and transformative mentoring of students, trainees and colleagues.

Dr. Benjamin, interim chair and professor of psychiatry, has made major contributions to academic neuropsychiatry, having authored more than 100 publications and more than 30 chapters on all aspects of neuropsychiatry. He has been recognized nationally by the American Psychiatric Association as a Distinguished Life Fellow and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology and the American Neuropsychiatric Association. He was ANPA president from 2013-2015.

Benjamin has a bachelor of science in molecular biology from the University of Cincinnati, where he also received his MD. He completed his internship and residencies in neurology and psychiatry at Tufts New England Medical Center and was a fellow in behavioral neurology at the Boston VA Medical Center Aphasia/Neurobehavior Unit.

ANPA is a major professional and scientific organization for neuropsychiatrists, behavioral neurologists and neuropsychologists, dedicated to improving the lives of people with disorders at the interface of psychiatry and neurology.