Ohio State is pleased to announce the selection of K. Luan Phan, MD, as chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. 

“Dr. Phan is an innovative and experienced leader who will invigorate our psychiatry and behavioral health program, leading the way to better and brighter outcomes for patients who are struggling with mental health problems,” said Dr. K. Craig Kent, dean of Ohio State’s College of Medicine. 

Dr. Phan comes to Ohio State from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), where he is the UIC Center on Depression and Resilience Endowed Professor and holds numerous leadership positions, including co-director of UIC’s Center for Clinical and Translational Science, vice chair of Clinical Services, associate head of Clinical and Translational Research and director of the Anxiety, Mood and Addiction Research Collaborative, a multi-disciplinary collective of nine NIH-funded principal investigators. He is also chief of Neuropsychiatric Research at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago. Dr. Phan is ready to make an impact when he joins the Ohio State team in July.

“I am committed to working alongside our talented and dedicated faculty, trainees and staff in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health so that we will deliver the right treatment, at the right place and at the right time. We will conduct cutting-edge research that helps us better understand and treat mental illness. We will partner with our colleagues at the Wexner Medical Center and with our communities to further these goals, and to focus and invest our energy towards our improving mental health. “ 

Nationally recognized for patient-oriented translational research, Dr. Phan leverages affective and cognitive neuroscience and neuropsychopharmacology to improve our understanding and treatment of anxiety, addiction and mood disorders. Dr. Phan’s research has been consistently funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) over the past 15 years; he is principal investigator on several active NIH R01s and a VA Merit Award. He also serves as mentor to 10 NIH K Award junior faculty.

Dr. Phan earned his medical degree from the University of Michigan. He then completed his internship in medicine and psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh and his residency and research fellowship in adult psychiatry at the University of Michigan.

He has more than 230 peer-reviewed publications in prestigious, high-impact journals such as Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), Biological Psychiatry, and JAMA Psychiatry, and his work has been cited more than 21,000 times. Dr. Phan has served as editor for several journals, as a peer reviewer on numerous study sections and as an ad hoc member of the Board of Scientific Counselors at two NIH institutes. He has been a member of both the Scientific Council of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America and the Program Committee of the Society of Biological Psychiatry. He is an elected fellow of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology.

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