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University Honors

The University of Pittsburgh has appointed Dr. David Lewis as Distinguished Professor in recognition of his eminence and outstanding contributions in the fields of Psychiatry and Neuroscience.  Conferral of distinguished professorship status constitutes the highest honor that the University of Pittsburgh can accord a member of its faculty. 

Dr. Lewis is the Thomas Detre Professor of Academic Psychiatry and Professor of Neuroscience, and is an internationally recognized expert on schizophrenia. His research focuses on the neural circuitry of the prefrontal cortex and related brain regions and the alterations of this circuitry in schizophrenia.  He has served as Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Pitt since 2009, and also is the Director of Research and the Medical Director for Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC.  In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Dr. Lewis is the Director of a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Conte Center for Translational Mental Health Research in the Department of Psychiatry, which is focused on understanding the mechanisms that link the pathology, pathophysiology and clinical features of schizophrenia.  In 2007, he was appointed to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences (recently renamed as the National Academy of Medicine) for his contributions to the advancement of schizophrenia research and his efforts to bring the importance of this major public health issue to the forefront. Dr. Lewis is the recipient of numerous awards recognizing his extensive contributions to the field including the Lieber Prize from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (2005) and the American Psychiatric Association Award for Research in Psychiatry (2014).

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Lewis on his appointment and his receipt of this honor.