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Department of Psychiatry

Ronald Cowan, MD, PhD, Named Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at UTHSC

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Ronald Cowan, MD, PhD

Scott Strome, MD, executive dean of the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), has named Ronald Cowan, MD, PhD, Harrison Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry. He will begin his new role at UTHSC in July.

Dr. Cowan has served as a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine for the last six years, along with secondary appointments with the Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the Department of Psychology at Vanderbilt University.

As chair, Dr. Cowan will oversee all activity in the department to ensure the goals and objectives of the department are met, including developing the vision of growth for both the clinical and academic aspects of the department. “I am delighted that we have recruited Dr. Cowan as our next chair of the Department of Psychiatry. He will build on the excellent foundation laid over the last 12 years by our current chair, Dr. James Greene,” Dr. Strome said. “Dr. Cowan has the clinical, research, and educational expertise to considerably expand the scope of all three of these missions. It is an exciting time for Psychiatry at UTHSC.”

Dr. Cowan has close to 20 years of funded research, primarily focusing on neuroimaging, depression, drug abuse, and pain processing in aging and dementia. He is currently the principal investigator on two National Institute on Aging (NIA) grants. Read More

UTHSC’s Altha Stewart Works to Help Youth in the Bluff City

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In June, Altha Stewart, MD, stood on a Washington, D.C., stage to address a packed house at a black-tie benefit sponsored by actress Taraji P. Henson to raise money for the TV star’s foundation to build mental health awareness in the African American community.

An associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and the first African American president of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), Dr. Stewart was a keynote speaker for the “Empire” actress’s star-studded evening. Read More

Last Published: Mar 12, 2021