The Baylor College of Medicine in Houston has announced a $25 million gift from an anonymous donor to establish a division of neuropsychiatry in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.
Named in honor of BCM professor Dr. Stuart C. Yudofsky and his wife, Dr. Beth K. Yudofsky, the new division will work to enhance the integrated care of patients with neuropsychiatric disorders throughout the BCM system and affiliated institutions; conduct basic and clinical research on new, more effective approaches for prevention and treatment; and train the next generation of clinicians and scientists. In addition, the division will recruit at least four experts in neuropsychiatric aspects of traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, the basic sciences of neuropsychiatry, and the development, testing, and use of innovative technologies in the treatment of patients with severe and persistent neuropsychiatric disorders.
A professor and chair of BCM's department of psychiatry for over twenty years, Stuart Yudofsky has served as chairman of Methodist Hospital's department of psychiatry and the American Psychiatric Association's task force on traumatic brain injury and is a past president of the American Neuropsychiatric Association and founding editor and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences. For the last fourteen years, his wife has directed the consultation and liaison service at Ben Taub General Hospital, where she has cared for hospitalized patients with both medical and psychiatric disorders and taught medical students and residents.
"Stuart and I are grateful for and honored by this visionary gift," said Beth Yudofsky, "and we are committed and confident that the new division will make significant advances in reducing the suffering and enhancing the functioning of the many people and their families who suffer with neuropsychiatric disorders."