Stuart C. Yudofsky, M.D.
D.C. and Irene Ellwood Professor and Chairman
of the Menninger Department of Psychiatry
and Behavioral Sciences;
Drs. Beth K. and Stuart C. Yudofsky Presidential
Chair in Neuropsychiatry and;
Distinguished Service Professor
Baylor College of Medicine
One Baylor Plaza, BCM 350
Houston, TX 77030
Baylor College of Medicine (M.D.)
Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Internship)
Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons (Residency)
Research and Clinical Interests:
Dr. Yudofsky's research and clinical practice focuses in two areas: psycho-pharmacology (the use of medications to treat mental illnesses) and neuropsychiatry (the treatment of mood and behavioral changes associated with brain disorders such as stroke, Alzheimer's disease, multiple sclerosis, and traumatic brain injury).
Academic Background and Distinctions:
Stuart C. Yudofsky, M.D., is the D.C. and Irene Ellwood Professor and Chairman and holds the Beth K. and Stuart C. Yudofsky Presidential Chair in Neuropsychiatry in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences of Baylor College of Medicine; and is also Chairman of the Psychiatry Department of The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas. He is also responsible for oversight of academic activities in psychiatry at the Menninger Clinic, the Ben Taub General Hospital, the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, The Texas Children's Hospital, and, most recently, the MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Prior to moving to Houston in 1991 with his wife Beth, who is also a psychiatrist, Dr. Yudofsky was Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at The University of Chicago and Chief of Psychiatric Services for The University of Chicago Hospital System. He was founding director of the psychiatry department of Allegheny General Hospital and director of psychiatric research at the Allegheny-Singer Research Institute. For 14 years he was on the faculty of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, where he was Vice Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry, Clinical Director and Deputy Director of the New York State Psychiatric Institute.
Dr. Yudofsky's research and clinical practice focus in two areas: psycho-pharmacology (the use of medications to treat mental illnesses) and neuropsychiatry (the treatment of mood and behavioral changes associated with brain disorders such as stroke, Alzheimer's disease, multiple sclerosis, and traumatic brain injury). For the past 25 years, he has been Editor of The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, the official journal of the American Neuropsychiatric Association, and the author/co-author of numerous scientific articles and over 60 book chapters. He additionally is the author of or has edited/co-edited over 45 medical books including the American Psychiatric Press' Textbook of Clinical Psychiatry and its Textbook of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, two of the standard reference textbooks in this field, soon to be published in their Sixth Editions. Both books have been translated into several other languages—including Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Italian--and are used extensively abroad. He also wrote What You Need to Know About Psychiatric Drugs, a book for the general public about psychiatric medications and Fatal Flaws,hybrid book about personality disorders for mental health professionals and for people in destructive relationships with people with these conditions. Fatal Flaws has been published in Spanish and is soon to be published in Japanese.
With the critical collaboration of many, Dr. Yudofsky helped to spearhead the re-location of the famed Menninger Clinic from Topeka, Kansas, where it had flourished for over 75 years, to Houston. The Menninger Clinic is now a full academic affiliate of Baylor College of Medicine and The Methodist Hospital, and in Spring, 2012 moved into a new 110 bed hospital on a 50 acre campus near the Texas Medical Center.
Dr. Yudofsky has been elected to the membership of numerous national honorary societies including Phi Beta Kappa and to Fellowships in the New York Academy of Medicine, The American Psychiatric Association, The American Neuropsychiatric Association, and the American College of Psychiatrists. Currently, he serves as Vice Chairperson of the Council on Research and Chairman of the Committee on Research Awards of the American Psychiatric Association. He is past President of the American Neuropsychiatric Association.
In Houston, Dr. Yudofsky has served as a member of the Boards of Trustees of the Mental Health Association, which awarded him the 1995 Ima Hogg Award for outstanding service to the mentally ill of the community; of the Depressive and Manic Depressive Association, which awarded him the 1995 Artie Houston Service Award; of the Houston Advocates for Mentally Ill Children, which awarded him and his wife, Dr. Beth Yudofsky, their 1999 Muriel C. Phillips Innovator Award; and of The Kinkaid School, where he has served as Vice-Chairman and Chairman of the Board of Trustees, a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees for many years, and, currently, a Life Trustee. He serves as an advisor to the Board of Trustees the Texas Medical Center Hospice, of which he was previously a board member. In May 1992, the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill honored him with the NAMI Exemplary Psychiatrist Award. In 1996 he received the Centennial Award as Outstanding Alumnus of the Decade 1970-1979 from the Department of Psychiatry of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and the New York State Psychiatric Institute, where he trained as a resident in psychiatry. In 2005, Dr. Yudofsky received the Faculty of the Year award from the Alumni Association of Baylor College of Medicine as well as the Alumnus of the Year award from the Department of Psychiatry of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Also in 2005, Dr. Yudofsky was elected by the Scientific Program Committee of the American Psychiatric Association to deliver the Distinguished Psychiatrist Award Lecture at the Annual Meeting of that year. In 2006, along with Houston Mayor Bill White and Judge Robert Eckels and two others, Dr. Yudofsky received the Good Samaritan Award of the Carole & Ronald Krist Samaritan Center for Counseling & Education. In 2008, Dr. Yudofsky received the John McGovern Annual Award for Medical Writing for his book, Fatal Flaws from the Southwestern Branch of the American Medical Writers Association. In 2009, Dr. Yudofsky was honored with a named, annual award and lectureship at Baylor College of Medicine—“The Joan and Stanford Alexander Annual Award in Psychiatry Honoring Stuart Yudofsky,” and, in 2010, by The University of Chicago—“The Stuart Yudofsky Annual Lectureship in Neuropsychiatry.” Also, in 2010, Dr. Yudofsky was among a small number of Professors at Baylor College of Medicine to be honored with the distinction, “Distinguished Service Professor.” In 2011, Dr. Yudofsky was Principle Investigator on a $25 Million foundation gift forming the Drs. Stuart C. and Beth K. Yudofsky Division of Neuropsychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine and was approved by the Baylor Board of Trustees to hold the first Drs. Stuart C. and Beth K. Yudofsky Presidential Chair in Neuropsychiatry. In 2012, the Hackett Family Foundation of Maureen and James Hackett funded the $2 Million Stuart C. Yudofsky, M.D. Compassionate Care Endowment Fund to support the outpatient psychiatric care in the Baylor Psychiatry Clinic of people with mental illnesses who require financial assistance to receive optimal care. In 2012, he also received the Tupin Annual Award and Visiting Professorship in Psychiatry at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine.