Karasu to Step Down as Department chair at Albert Einstein College

Image T. Byram Karasu, MD, who graduated from the Yale School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, in 1969, will step down from his position as Silverman Professor and the University Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center on December 31. Karasu has served in the position for 23 years. He is a widely renowned psychiatrist, educator, author, and master psychotherapist with extensive experience in the treatment of depression and personality disorders. Since 1996, he remains on the “Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors” guide.

He has served as editor and associate editor for a number of journals, and is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (APA). He chaired the APA’s Commission on Psychiatric Therapies, which produced the critical, “The Psychiatric Therapies: Part I, The Somatic Therapies,” and “Part II, The Psychosocial Therapies,” and chaired another national task force comprised of over 400 scholars, researchers, and clinicians seeking to produce a seminal document on each psychiatric disorder.

This four-volume report, “Treatments of Psychiatric Disorders,” was praised as being: “... twenty-five years ahead of its time,” by Atlantic Monthly, and “the best psychiatric book ever,” by Contemporary Psychiatry.

Karasu also chaired the APA’s Task Force in producing the “Practice Guideline for Major Depressive Disorder in Adults.” He was elected as one of most influential Turkish-Americans by TurkofAmerica Magazine in 2014. A prolific author, his 21 books include “Psychotherapy for Depression,” “Deconstruction of Psychotherapy,” “The Art of Serenity,” “Of God and Madness,” “Gotham Chronicles: The Culture of Sociopathy,” “Maxims Minimus: Reflections in Microstyle,” and “Life Witness: Evolution of the Psychotherapist.”

Karasu will continue his academic and clinical activities in the department, and he also will remain Chairman of the Board of the University Behavioral Associates (UBA), a unique, capitation-based behavioral health management corporation he created.

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