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Drexel University has announced the appointment of Joseph D. Bloom, MD, to the position of vice president for medical affairs and dean of Drexel University College of Medicine. Previously, Dr. Bloom served as dean of the School of Medicine at Oregon Health Sciences University, where he was a professor of psychiatry for 20 years, serving 8 years as department chair.
Dr. Bloom earned his medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. After completing his residency at Massachusetts Mental Health Center, Dr. Bloom became one of the first full-time psychiatrists in the Indian Health Service. Dr. Bloom spent 10 years in Alaska, first in the public health service and then in private practice, before moving to Oregon Health Sciences University as head of a community psychiatry-training program.
Through his work with Eskimos in transcultural psychiatry, Dr. Bloom became interested in the intersection of law and mental health and gravitated toward forensic psychiatry—an area in which he is an acknowledged expert. He focused his research on the interface of the criminal justice and civil legal systems for managing and treating the very seriously mentally ill.
Dr. Bloom has published more than 100 papers. He is a member of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, the American College of Psychiatrists, and the new International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services, among other organizations.
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