Juan Mezzich (USA)


Juan Enrique Mezzich was born in Lima from Yugoslavian and Peruvian ancestries. He completed medical school at Cayetano Heredia Peruvian University, where he was president of the University Student Association and graduated with a thesis on clinical depression which was awarded the Merck Sharp & Dohme Prize. He then completed Psychiatric Residency Training, a Master of Science in Academic Psychiatry, and Master of Arts and Ph.D. degrees in Mathematical & Statistical Psychology all at Ohio State University, as well as certification by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He served as chair of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) Section on Classification and Diagnostic Assessment, member of the World Health Organization ICD-10 Mental Disorders Workgroup and the American Psychiatric Association DSM-IV Task Force, chair of the US National Institute of Mental Health Group on Diagnosis and Culture, and consultant on Chinese, Japanese, Cuban and Latin American diagnostic systems. He has authored over 300 scientific journal articles and book chapters and 28 books and monographs primarily on psychiatric diagnosis, epidemiology, and cultural issues and more recently on person-centered psychiatry and medicine. He has received seven Doctor Honoris Causa degrees from universities in the Americas and Europe as well as the Simon Bolivar Award of the American Psychiatric Association, the Medal for Extraordinary Merit of the Medical Council of Peru, and the Linnaeus Medal of Uppsala University in Sweden. He has been invited to lecture in over one hundred countries across the world. He served as WPA Secretary General 1996-2002, WPA Vice-President and President-Elect 2002-2005, and WPA President 2005-2008. Currently he is member of the WPA Council, Honorary Chair of the WPA Section on Classification and Diagnostic Assessment, as well as Professor of Psychiatry at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York. He was Founding President of the International College of Person-centered Medicine, has been Organizing Chair of annual Geneva Conferences of Person Centered Medicine since 2008, and currently serves as ICPCM Secretary General and Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Person Centered Medicine. His current academic work includes the following: 1) Development of person-centered psychiatry, medicine, and public health, 2) Development and evaluation of innovative international diagnostic systems, especially the Person-centered Integrative Diagnosis model and the Latin American Guide for Psychiatric Diagnosis, and 3) Development and evaluation of clinical procedures, such as the Multicultural Quality of Life Index, the Cultural Formulation Guidelines, and the Person-centered Care Index.

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