P&S Journal: Winter 1995, Vol.15, No.1
Dean Named to AAMC Post
The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has named Dr. Herbert Pardes, vice president and dean, as its chair-elect. He will assume the post of chairman, the highest elected position in AAMC's governing body, in Fall 1995. Dr. Pardes currently serves as chairman of the AAMC Council of Deans.
Dr. Pardes is a veteran of Washington politics and a highly respected national leader in psychiatry and medical education. Most recently, he was instrumental in gaining White House and Congressional recognition of issues critical to academic medical centers during health care reform discussions.
During the Carter and Reagan administrations, Dr. Pardes was director of the National Institute of Mental Health and Assistant U.S. Surgeon General from 1978-1984.
Dr. Pardes was named director of the New York State Psychiatric Institute and the Lawrence C. Kolb Professor and Chairman of Psychiatry at P&S in 1984. In 1989, he was appointed vice president for health sciences and dean of the faculty of medicine. He has overseen a major change in the curriculum of medical education, enhanced clinical and basic science research, and assumed a national role as an advocate for education, health reimbursement reform, and support of biomedical research.
Under Dr. Pardes' tenure, the research program at Columbia's Health Sciences Division has grown to be one of largest in the world. He also has spearheaded a massive physical plant improvement, including the construction of a new multimillion dollar facility for the New York State Psychiatric Institute and the $300 million Audubon Biomedical Science and Technology Park, New York City's first facility designed and constructed for the biotechnology industry.
Dr. Pardes is a 1956 summa cum laude graduate of Rutgers University and received his M.D. degree from the State University of New York College of Medicine in Brooklyn in 1960. He was president of the American Psychiatric Association from 1989 to 1990. He serves as president of the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression.