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Ramin Parsey, MD, PhD,

Dr. Ramin ParseyRamin Parsey, MD, PhD,
Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry
Director of PET Research

Ramin comes to Stony Brook from Columbia University where he served as Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, and Director of the Brain Imaging Facility within the Department of Molecular Imaging and Neuropathology, at the New York State Psychiatric Institute.

Ramin received his medical degree and PhD in Biophysics from the University of Maryland at Baltimore, performed a residency and chief residency in Psychiatry at Duke University, a Clinical Fellowship in Psychiatry at Columbia University and a Research Fellowship in the Department of Neuroscience, Division of Brain Imaging, at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, in New York City. Ramin is Board Certified in both Psychiatry and Neurology. 

In 1998 Ramin joined the faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia, and has risen rapidly through the academic ranks to currently serve as Professor. Ramin is an extremely successful academic “biological psychiatrist”. He serves as Principal Investigator or co-Investigator on nine NIH and other grants, focusing on depression and dementia, utilizing novel tools of positron emission tomography (PET) and other cutting edge brain imaging technologies. Since joining the faculty at Columbia, Ramin has contributed to over 100 journal articles and book chapters, appearing in the American Journal of Psychiatry, the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, the Journal of Nuclear Medicine, the Journal of Affective Disorders, the Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism, the American Journal of Medical Genetics Part B: Neuropsychiatric Genetics, and Biological Psychiatry.  Ramin serves as a grant reviewer for the NIH Extramural Program for Autism Center Grants, the NIH Intramural Psychiatry Program, and for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and reviews for a large number of scholarly publications including Science, the American Journal of Psychiatry, the Archives of General Psychiatry, Neuropsychopharmacology, Biological Psychiatry,  Neuroimage, the Journal of Affective Disorders, the Journal of Nuclear Medicine and the Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism

Ramin is also a gifted and effective medical educator, focusing his teaching efforts on psychiatry residents and fellows. Ramin has contributed to several distinct courses at Columbia, either as an instructor, course director, or both, and has mentored ten medical and graduate students, eight undergraduate students, and three high school students in clinical and research pursuits.

Finally, Ramin is an excellent clinician, being Board Certified in both Neurology and Psychiatry and attending at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and New York Presbyterian Hospital.

In addition to his role as Chair of Psychiatry, Ramin will serve as the Director of PET Research in our newly born, and rapidly expanding Research Imaging Institute. As such, Ramin will continue to pursue his PET and other studies of the mechanisms by which antidepressants work, and to identify biomarkers of successful treatment. It is clear that Ramin is exited to start. As he said to me “…as the new Chair of Psychiatry, I am confident that together we can take all the core strengths of the department and expand and improve upon them. With one of the world’s first combined Magnetic Resonance Imaging magnets and Positron Emission Tomography cameras, strong collaboration with Joanna Fowler and Brookhaven National Labs (BNL), and decades of combined imaging experience between Biomedical Engineering, Computer Sciences, Psychology, Neurology, Radiology, BNL and Psychiatry, we will soon be a national leader in brain imaging. I have every confidence that we will accomplish this goal. But the rapid expansion of the Psychiatry research portfolio will be balanced and equaled by enhancing already excellent clinical care, medical, graduate and resident education, and strong clinical and research collaborations with other basic science and clinical departments”.

And if Ramin’s excitement is not enough to convince you, I also spoke to Dr. Joanna Fowler, the head of imaging at BNL, who said “Parsey’s appointment as Chair of Psychiatry is a major advance for the Stony Brook School of Medicine and for neuroscience, one of School’s major focus areas. Ramin is uniquely qualified to lead the Department; his expertise and ground-breaking research in depression and bipolar disorder addresses a major and growing public health problem. The WHO predicts that by 2030 more people will be affected by depression than any other health problem worldwide. Ramin’s imaging research systematically addresses the problem of treatment resistance, collaborating across disciplines to engage investigators at the boundary of physical and medical sciences to identify biomarkers to predict treatment response.  Clearly his insight will be of enormous benefit in understanding and treating this devastating brain disease.”  

It should be clear that with his recruitment to Stony Brook Medicine, Ramin Parsey’s goal is to position the Department of Psychiatry to continually search for insights into the origins and treatment of psychiatric disorders, inspire and train the next generation of academic psychiatrists and in so doing make a huge impact on these critical and abundant clinical problems. Please join me in welcoming Dr. Ramin Parsey as our new Chair of the Department of Psychiatry.