Dr. Dost Ӧngür of Harvard Medical School Named New JAMA Psychiatry Editor


CHICAGO – Dost Öngür, M.D., Ph.D., the William P. and Henry B. Test Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and chief of the psychotic disorders division at its affiliated McLean Hospital, has been named the new editor in chief of JAMA Psychiatry, a leading journal in the field published by the JAMA Network.

The appointment was effective July 1, 2018. Öngür replaced Stephan H. Heckers, M.D., professor and chair of the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee.

Born in Istanbul, Turkey, Öngür has been on faculty at Harvard Medical School since 2004 and his focus is on neurobiology research and clinical psychiatry.

“I am honored to be selected to lead JAMA Psychiatry, one of the premier journals in our field. I intend to maintain the traditional strengths of the journal in publishing the best new research in psychiatry and add features that enhance its relevance for practicing mental health clinicians,” said Öngür, who has had various roles at the journal since 2012, including associate editor, associate/deputy editor and as interim editor in chief since January.

Öngür has a master’s degree in neuroscience from Yale University and an M.D./Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Most of Öngür’s research has focused on neurobiology in psychiatric disorders. His clinical work focuses on patients with psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder and bipolar disorder with psychosis. Interventions to address patient needs are a focus of his clinical research, which includes studying a treatment regimen to reduce cardiovascular illness and death in patients taking antipsychotic medications.

At McLean, a psychiatric teaching and research hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School, Öngür became chief of the psychotic disorders division in 2012, which gave him responsibility over both research activities and clinical services.

Öngür’s research has been widely published and he has won awards for his research, mentoring and teaching of medical students.

“Dost has worked with the two previous editors in chief of JAMA Psychiatry – Joe Coyle and Stephan Heckers – and will bring great experience to this position. In addition, his intellectual curiosity and commitment to ensure that the journal reflects the totality of psychiatry will enrich its pages,” said JAMA and JAMA Network Editor in Chief Howard Bauchner, M.D.

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