Cleveland Clinic Akron General Appoints New Chair of Psychiatry and Psychology

Rajesh Tampi, M.D., also named section head of Geriatric Psychiatry at Cleveland Clinic

Published Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, AKRON: Cleveland Clinic Akron General recently appointed Rajesh R. Tampi, M.D., MS, DFAPA, as the new chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology. Dr. Tampi, a resident of Strongsville, will also lead the section of Geriatric Psychiatry for the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology at Cleveland Clinic.

“We are thrilled to have Dr. Tampi join us as chair of the department at Akron General,” said Donald Malone, Jr., M.D., chair of Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Behavioral Health. “Dr. Tampi is an internationally recognized figure in geriatric psychiatry, both as a researcher and clinician. This is exemplified by his recent promotion to president-elect of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry. His presence will provide mature leadership and outstanding clinical expertise.”

Dr. Tampi’s clinical and research interests are the management of psychiatric disorders in late life, neurodegenerative disorders, ethical and legal issues in geriatric psychiatry, and integrated geriatric psychiatric care.

He maintains his appointment as an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine, from which he received three Outstanding Teaching Awards and the Chairman’s Award for outstanding teaching, research and clinical work from the Yale Department of Psychiatry.

Dr. Tampi is a distinguished fellow at the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and is president of the International Medical Graduates (IMG) Caucus of the American Psychiatric Association. In 2013, he received the Clinician of the Year Award from the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry.

He has authored or co-authored more than 100 articles and abstracts that have been published in leading psychiatry and geriatric psychiatry journals, has authored chapters in several geriatric psychiatry textbooks, and served as an editor for six psychiatry textbooks. In addition, Dr. Tampi is on the editorial board for five peer-reviewed national and international journals in psychiatry, is the associate editor for Drugs in Context (Psychiatry), and is on the advisory board of Current Psychopharmacology. He also serves as a reviewer on a number of major psychiatry and geriatrics journals, serves on several editorial boards and national committees, and presented at numerous national and international conferences.

Dr. Tampi is a graduate of the University of Kerala in India and trained in psychiatry at the University of Leeds in England and at the University of Vermont. During his residency training in England, Dr. Tampi also attained a Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Psychiatry from the University of Leeds. He completed his Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine.

Since 1956, Akron General’s Center for Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences has offered inpatient and outpatient treatment of adult psychiatric disorders including depression and anxiety, behavioral problems, thought disorders and other mental health concerns.

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