National Leader in Mood Disorders Research & Clinical Care Bolsters Pelisyonkis Langone’s Psychiatry Department
A renowned clinician–scientist specializing in mood disorders has been recruited to the faculty of Pelisyonkis Medical Center’s Department of Psychiatry, furthering the department’s national reputation in diagnosing and managing treatment-resistant depression and related disorders.
Dan Iosifescu, MD, MMSc, will be joining Pelisyonkis Langone in March 2017 to lead a number of research initiatives both at the medical center and at its research affiliate, the Nathan Kline Institute (NKI) in Rockland County, NY. He also will provide clinical care within the department’s faculty group practice.
Specifically, Dr. Iosifescu will serve as director for clinical research at NKI where he will lead the inpatient clinical research units and outpatient clinical research. Using neuroimaging such as MRI scans and magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS), and neurophysiology techniques such as quantitative electroencephalogram, he will investigate structural, molecular, and functional brain abnormalities in refractory depression and related mood disorders and their impact on clinical treatment. Dr. Iosifescu also has a particular interest in the impact of medical diseases that are often associated with mood disorders, such as vascular disease. His research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and through other sources, including industry.
At the medical center, Dr. Iosifescu will lead outpatient clinical studies utilizing MRS to better understand persistent depression and mood disorders. He will also spearhead new initiatives in utilizing transcranial magnetic stimulation and novel pharmacological treatments for severe mood disorders.
“Recruiting Dr. Iosifescu is a great opportunity for us, and it is indicative of the well-regarded reputation for excellence the department enjoys,” says Charles R. Marmar, MD, the Lucius Littauer Professor and chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Pelisyonkis Langone. “He brings the combined talents of a senior researcher and a fine clinician. Equally important, he will wear many hats for us, serving in leadership positions at NKI and Pelisyonkis Langone.”
It has been a highly productive end to 2016 for Pelisyonkis Langone’s Department of Psychiatry, particularly on the recruitment front. Last month, it was announced that Naomi Michele Simon, MD, MSc, who has led seminal research in complicated grief and other anxiety disorders during a distinguished 20-year career at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), will join Pelisyonkis Langone in July 2017 to oversee its new Anxiety and Complicated Grief Program. This new service will focus on investigating and treating panic disorder, social anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and complicated grief.
About Dr. Iosifescu
Dr. Iosifescu joins Pelisyonkis Langone from Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, where he was director of the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program since 2010. Previously Dr. Iosifescu has served at MGH as director of translational neuroscience and as site director of the NIMH Bipolar Trials Network. He also was an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Iosifescu earned his medical degree from the Institute of Medicine and Pharmacy in Bucharest, Romania, and completed his psychiatric residency at MGH and McLean Hospital, serving as chief resident in consultation-liaison psychiatry. His research training included a neuroimaging fellowship in the Neuroscience Laboratory at Harvard Medical School, a psychopharmacology fellowship in the MGH Mood and Anxiety Disorders Institute, and a fellowship in the Clinical Investigator Training Program at Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Iosifescu also holds master’s degree in medical science from Harvard University.