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Hoehn-Saric Professorship for OCD and Anxiety

School of Medicine

by R. Christopher & Pamela Hoehn-Saric and Charles P. Scheeler & Mary Ellen Pease in honor of Rudolf Hoehn-Saric, MD and Evanne L. Hoehn-Saric, MD, parents of Chris Hoehn-Saric

Hoehn-Saric.Evanne and RudolphDr. RUDOLF HOEHN-SARIC received his medical degree from the Karl Franzens University in Graz, Austria. He served residencies in psychiatry at McGill in Montreal, neurology in Vienna and a fellowship in Clinical Psychopharmacology at Hopkins. Dr. Rudolf Hoehn-Saric joined the psychotherapy research group of Dr. Jerome Frank in 1961 and was particularly interested in the interaction between emotions, cognition and behavior. After the retirement of Dr. Frank he established one of the first research groups in the country that focused on anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders and led the clinical, research and education initiatives in anxiety disorders at Johns Hopkins until his retirement in 2007. His name is synonymous with this domain in academic medicine. Dr. Hoehn-Saric also shepherded the clinical programs and has been a key figure worldwide in numerous areas of study related to the neurobiology of anxiety disorders, particularly obsessive compulsive disorders, generalized anxiety disorders and panic disorders. He has been a pioneer in advancing our understanding of the neuropharmacologic, psychophysiologic and neuroanatomic substrates of anxiety disorders as well as the forefront of advances in neuroimaging methods. In addition to his many scientific contributions, Dr. Hoehn-Saric has been a superb teacher and mentor to hundreds of students and junior faculty members while at Hopkins. He is also considered an extraordinary clinician. He has authored several books, including The Anxiety Disorders (Concepts in Clinical Psychiatry) with Russell Noyes Jr., MD; Biology of Anxiety Disorders (Progress in Psychiatry) with Daniel McLeod, PhD; and Effective Ingredients of Successful Psychotherapy with Dr. Jerome D. Frank.

Dr. EVANNE HOEHN-SARIC has been cited by her colleagues and the Division leadership as one of the most talented, thoughtful and committed supervisors in the Division. Her impact on the residents who trained with her continues to guide and inform future generations. Her professional interests include treatment of mood disorders, anxiety disorders and oppositional disorders in children and adolescents. Family therapy is regarded as an essential component of treatment, especially in children.

Held by Gerry Nestadt

Nestadt.GerryDr. GERRY NESTADT is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the Johns Hopkins Medical School and Professor of Mental Health in the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins. He is active in research, clinical treatment, and education in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). His research, funded by the NIMH, involves investigating the genetic etiology of OCD. He is the director of the Johns Hopkins OCD Clinic, and teaches residents and students about this disorder. He received his medical degree from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and a degree in Public Health at Johns Hopkins. He completed his psychiatric residency training at Johns Hopkins and a psychiatric epidemiology fellowship, also as Johns Hopkins. He has been on the faculty at Johns Hopkins for the past 30 years. In addition to studying OCD, he is involved in epidemiological research studying personality in the general population and the genetics of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Dr. Nestadt has published more than one hundred and fifty papers in peer-reviewed psychiatric journals. He served on the American Psychiatric Association OCD Treatment Guidelines Committee and was a consultant on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders V Revisions committee, and the OCD Foundation Scientific Advisory Committee.