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Stuart Yudofsky, M.D.


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Stuart C. Yudofsky, M.D., is Executive Director and Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Brockman Medical Research Foundation and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Baylor College of Medicine. In January 2016, he retired as Distinguished Service Professor and Chairman and the Beth K. and Stuart C. Yudofsky Presidential Chair in Neuropsychiatry of the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine; and as Chairman of the Psychiatry Department of The Houston Methodist Hospital—positions he held for almost 25 years. Prior to moving to Houston in 1991 with his wife, Beth, who is also a psychiatrist, Dr. Yudofsky was Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Chicago.

Dr. Yudofsky’s research and clinical practice focus in two areas: psychopharmacology and neuropsychiatry (the treatment of mood and behavioral changes associated with brain disorders). For 28 years, he served as Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, the official journal of the American Neuropsychiatric Association, of which he also served as President.

He is the author/co-author of numerous scientific articles and over 60 book chapters. Additionally, he is the author of, or has edited/co-edited over 50 medical books, including American Psychiatric Publishing’s Textbook of Clinical Psychiatry and its Textbook of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, each currently in the Sixth Edition. He is also author of Fatal Flaws, a book about personality disorders for people in destructive relationships with people with these conditions. His book, Fatal Pauses, focuses on how people become “stuck” in dysfunctional relationships and unhealthful behavioral patterns. It offers a structured method for getting “unstuck” using psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral principles.

In close collaboration with many others, in 2002, Dr. Yudofsky spearheaded the relocation of the famed Menninger Clinic to Houston from Topeka, Kansas, where it flourished for 78 years. He served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Kinkaid School—where his three daughters attended, and he is currently a Life Trustee. Locally, nationally, and internationally, Dr. Yudofsky has received over 25 of psychiatry’s and mental health’s most prestigious honors and awards.

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