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Charles O'Brien, MD, Vice Chair of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania

Charles O'Brien, MD

Vice Chair of Psychiatry

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA


Charles P. O'Brien, M.D., Ph.D., is Kenneth Appel Professor and Vice Chair of Psychiatry, and Director of the Center for Studies of Addiction at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. In addition, Dr. O’Brien is Chief of Psychiatry at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center.

He earned his MD and PhD from Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, LA, and received his residency training in internal medicine, neurology, and psychiatry at Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA, Tulane University, the University of London in the United Kingdom, and the University of Pennsylvania.


Dr. O'Brien was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 1991 and has received numerous research and teaching awards, as well as an honorary doctorate from the University of Bordeaux in 1994, the Nathan B. Eddy Award for Research on Addiction from the College on Problems of Drug Dependence in 2003, the American Psychiatric Association Research Award in 2000, and the 2010 Gold Medal for Research from the Society on Biological Psychiatry. In 2010, he received the Sarnat International Prize for Mental Health from the Institute of Medicine, and in 2012, the Jellinek International Award for Alcoholism Research and the Isaacson Award for Alcoholism Research. 

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