Rohrbaugh Appointed Deputy Dean for Professionalism and Leadership Development

The following letter was sent to the Yale School of Medicine community on Sept. 14 from Nancy J. Brown, MD, Jean and David W. Wallace Dean of Medicine at Yale.

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Robert Rohrbaugh, MD ’82, as Deputy Dean for Professionalism and Leadership Development in the YSM Office of Academic & Professional Development (OAPD), effective immediately.

dr. Rohrbaugh is a professor of psychiatry and associate dean for global health education. After receiving his MD from YSM, he completed his residency and fellowship in geropsychiatry at Yale. dr. Rohrbaugh joined the faculty in 1988. Earlier in his career, he served as chief of the psychiatry counseling service and clinical director of the mental health service at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System in West Haven, where he also developed the geropsychiatry service.

Throughout his career, Dr. Rohrbaugh has been active in medical student and residency education. He was internship director and director of medical studies in the psychiatry department. For the past 14 years, he has served as director of the residency program in psychiatry, where he has focused on developing core clinical formulation skills for junior residents and efforts on diversity, equity, and inclusion in education in psychiatry. He has collaborated with colleagues from the Yale China Association and Xiangya School of Medicine in Changsha to develop innovative education programs in China. In 2009, he was named deputy chair of psychiatry for education and career development. The department’s educational programs are highly regarded in US News and World Report and Doximity rankings. dr. Rohrbaugh is the recipient of numerous teaching awards, including YSM’s Alvin Feinstein Award for Exemplary Teaching of Clinical Skills, the American Psychiatric Association’s Irma Bland Award for Excellence in Teaching Residents, and the Nancy CA Roeske Award for Excellence in Medical Student Education in Psychiatry. , and the VA National Undersecretary’s Award for innovative programs integrating mental health, primary care, and genetics.

dr. Rohrbaugh took responsibility for professionalism and leadership development as an interim position last July. Going forward, he will co-direct OAPD with Linda Bockenstedt, MD, deputy dean for academic affairs. Because leadership and faculty well-being foster professionalism, Dr. Rohrbaugh oversee leadership development programs at YSM, as well as programs to improve the health and well-being of the faculty throughout the lifecycle.

We are deeply indebted to Linda Mayes, MD, who inaugurated this position of Deputy Dean in February 2020 and contributed significantly to the development of structures for enhancing professionalism and leadership at YSM. dr. Mayes will continue to oversee issues related to scientific and academic misconduct and will serve in her role as Chair of the Child Study Center.

Join me in congratulating Dr. Rohrbaugh with his new role.

Submitted by Christopher Gardner on September 14, 2021

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