Richard Weiner, MD, PhD, Named Interim Chair

Richard Weiner, MD, PhD, will serve as interim chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, effective October 1, 2015. Dr. Weiner will succeed Holly Lisanby, MD, who will leave her role as chair of the department this fall to serve as director for the Division of Translational Research at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).

A professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Dr. Weiner is recognized as an accomplished physician-researcher and educator with nearly four decades of service at Duke. His research, continuously funded for many years by the NIMH and VA, was instrumental in the development of newer safe and effective types of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in the treatment of individuals with severe depressive disorders. Dr. Weiner directs the Duke ECT Program and has authored over 150 publications in that area of research.  He has served as chief of the Mental Health Service Line at the Durham VA Medical Center for the past 21 years.

Dr. Weiner received a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering at M.I.T. and a master’s degree in Systems Engineering and Operations Research at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his MD and his PhD in Physiology in 1974 through the Duke Medical Scientist Training Program and completed his residency in Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina before joining the Duke faculty in 1977.