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Carlos N. Pato, MD, has been named dean of the College of Medicine at State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center. His appointment was effective July 2015. He joined SUNY Downstate from the University of Southern California (USC), where he was the Franz Alexander Professor of Psychiatry and chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Keck School of Medicine. His colleague and wife, Michele Pato, MD, also joined SUNY Downstate. Their collaborative research is focused on genomic psychiatry with an emphasis on population-based genetic studies.
Dr. Pato completed his MD and research training at the University of Cincinnati and residency in psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. He completed a fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health, a part of the National Institutes of Health, where he coordinated the development of the Diagnostic Centers for Psychiatric Linkage Studies program and the National Cell Repository, Schizophrenia Research Branch. He previously served as vice chair of psychiatry and associate dean for clinical affairs at SUNY Buffalo; associate chief of staff for research at the Washington, DC VA Medical Center, and has held several research center directorships.
Dr. Pato is a native of Portugal, and his numerous honors and awards include an honorary PhD (doutoramento) in medical genetics from the Universidade de Coimbra in Coimbra, Portugal. He is a past-president of the American Association of Chairs of Departments of Psychiatry. In 2010, he was elected as a member of the American College of Psychiatrists and was named a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association in 2003.
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