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Department of Psychiatry

Houston, Texas

The Alkek Building at Baylor College of Medicine
Psychiatry
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Thomas B. Horvath, M.D, FRACP

Professor, Menninger Department of Psychiatry
Clinical Office:
Baylor Psychiatry Clinic
Lee and Joe Jamail Specialty Care Center
1977 Butler Blvd., Suite 400
Houston, Texas 77030

Phone: 713-798-4857
Fax: 713-798-3138
Email: thorvath@bcm.edu

Mailing Address:
One Baylor Plaza, MS: BCM350
Houston, Texas 77030

Chief of Staff (Retired) Michael E. Debakey Veteran Affairs Medical Center
Research Office (151)
2002 Holcombe Blvd.
Houston, TX 77030

Telephone: 713-791-1414 ext. 3963
Fax: 713-794-7938
E-mail: thomas.horvath@va.gov

Education:

University of Melbourne, M.D.
University of Melbourne, Stanford University, Palo Alto VAMC (Residencies)

Dr. Horvath is currently a Professor of Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine and is in practice at the Baylor Psychiatric Outpatient Clinic. He was appointed chief of staff of the Houston Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Oct. 24, 1998, effective as of Jan. 3, 1999. He has been chief, Mental Health Strategic Health Group, at the Veterans Affairs National Headquarters, since March 1994. He has represented the Veterans Affairs on the National Advisory Mental Health Council and on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Council. He retired from Federal employment April 1, 2008, and now volunteers at the DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center in the areas of Clinical Neuroscience.

Dr. Horvath is a graduate of the University of Melbourne, Australia (M.D., 1965) and a member (1970) and fellow (1975) of the Royal Australian College of Physicians, and is a diplomate of the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry (1978). He obtained clinical and research training in internal medicine/neurology, psychiatry, and psychophysiology at the University of Melbourne, at Stanford University, and at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Dr. Horvath was a Psychiatric Unit chief at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Medical Center, then became the chief of Psychiatry Service at the Bronx VAMC. He was the vice-chairman for the Department of Psychiatry of Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Horvath was appointed chief of staff at the Brooklyn Veterans Affairs Medical Center Sept. 1989, with concurrent appointments to the SUNY-Health Science Center at Brooklyn as the associate vice president for Clinical Affairs and as professor of Psychiatry. He was the chief of staff at the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center and associate dean at SUNY/Stony Brook from 1992-1994, and a professor of Psychiatry at SUNY until he joined Baylor College of Medicine. He continues as an adjunct professor of Psychiatry at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine.

He was a member of the Veterans Affair's first Schizophrenia Biological Research Center and the National Institute on Aging's first Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at a Veterans Affairs Hospital. He received grant support for his work on cerebral event-related potentials in alcoholism, schizophrenia and dementia. His current interests include the psychobiology of substance abuse, PTSD and TBI, clinical assessment in neuropsychiatry, spirituality in mental health, resource allocation and quality management in health care, and the impact of health care reform on Veterans Affairs services.

During his tenure as chief of Staff, the DeBakey VAMC achieved the Carey Award for Quality, was admitted to the Carey Quality Circle and has obtained Nursing Magnet designation twice, a record unmatched by other VAMC's. Since his retirement, the Clinical Neuroscience Consortium that he is associated with has obtained a TBI Rehabilitation Research Center award.

He is the author or co-author of over 90 articles in peer reviewed journals, 24 chapters in edited books, and has presented frequently at professional meetings. He is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

Dr. Horvath is a graduate of Leadership VA (1985), VA Executive Medicine (1985), and the Chief of Staff Institute (1989) and has been a management mentor for the VHA. He is licensed to practice medicine in California.

During the Clinton Administration, Dr. Horvath served on the President's Health Care Reform Task Force and on the highly successful Vision for Change reorganization of the Veterans Health Administration. He has received national leadership awards from the Association of Military Surgeons of the U.S., the National Association of VA Psychology Leaders, the VA Chaplain Service, the Readjustment Counseling Service, and locally from the Harris County Medical Association, the Daughters of the American Revolution and from the Mental Health Association of Houston.

At a personal level, Dr. Horvath was born in Hungary. He remembers with gratitude that at the end of World War II, a Texan from Patton's Third Army liberated the detention camp where he and his family were held. He went to Australia as a political refugee after the anti-Communist revolution of
1956. There, he went to medical school and established his family. He came to the United States for postgraduate study in 1973, and has been a Veterans Affairs staff physician since 1976, and a U.S. Citizen since 1985.

He reached retirement age as Lt. Colonel from the U.S. Army Reserve, Medical Corps in 2003. His wife Csilla is an artist. Their son-in-law, Rick (Stanford, M.D., Ph.D.,1997), is an associate professor of Urology at Baylor. Their daughter Andrea (Stanford, M.D. 1994) works at her part time social medicine practice while raising their two children. The Horvaths' younger daughter, Kristy (Brown 1990), retired as a lieutenant commander from the Coast Guard; she is a naval aviator and a Ph.D. candidate. She lives in Fairhope, Alabama with husband Peter (Notre Dame 1988) a corporate controller and a Gulf War Navy veteran and their four children.

Clinical Expertise:

Dr. Horvath has practiced adult general psychiatry with direct patient care contact throughout his academic career with emphasis on consultations at the interface of medicine, neurology and mental health. He has successfully engaged in the pharmacological and psychotherapeutic management of posttraumatic and mood disorders, alcoholism and substance abuse, and organic mental syndromes.

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