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Robert M.A. Hirschfeld, MD, Titus H. Harris Chair of Psychiatry, University of Texas Medical Branch

Robert M. A. Hirschfeld MD

University of Texas Medical Branch

Galveston, TX


Dr. Robert Hirschfeld is the Titus H. Harris Chair, Harry K. Davis Professor, and Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston. Dr. Hirschfeld is known internationally for his research on the diagnosis and treatment of depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety disorders. He has made major contributions to our understanding of the classification of depression and bipolar disorders, their clinical course, relationship to personality and personality disorders, and treatment with medication and psychotherapy. He developed the Mood Disorder Questionnaire (MDQ), the most widely used screen for bipolar disorder in the world. The MDQ has been translated into nineteen languages.  

Dr. Hirschfeld is the recipient of numerous honors, including the 2010 Award for Research in Mood Disorders from the American College of Psychiatrists, the Edward A. Strecker, MD Award, the Nola Maddox Falcone Prize from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression, the Gerald L. Klerman Lifetime Research Award from the National Depressive and Manic Depressive Association, the Jan Fawcett Humanitarian Award from the National Depressive and Manic Depressive Association, the Special Presidential Commendation from the American Psychiatric Association, the Gerald L. Klerman Award for Panic Disorder from the World Psychiatric Association, and the Administrator's Award for Meritorious Achievement, the Distinguished Achievement Award from the University of Michigan, as well as the Outstanding Service Medal from the Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Administration. He is listed among The Best Doctors in America and America’s Top Doctors.

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