Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Yale-New Haven Hospital hires new behavioral health services director

From a press release issued by the Yale Office of Public Affairs:

Dr. Hochang B. “Ben” Lee, a national expert on neuropsychiatric complications of cardiovascular disease, geriatric psychiatry and Alzheimer’s disease, has been named director of behavioral health services at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Lee comes to Yale from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where he was associate professor of psychiatry and director of research development at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

“The recruitment of Dr. Lee is an important step in developing our department’s clinical, educational, and research mission at the interface of psychiatry and other areas of medicine,” said Dr. John Krystal, Robert L. McNeil Jr. Professor of Psychiatry, chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and chief of psychiatry at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Behavioral Health Services is an emerging, rapidly expanding multidisciplinary program including faculty, staff, and trainees. In addition to leading the clinical program, Lee will guide the psychosomatic medicine education for all trainees, including medical students, residents and fellows and oversee the development of a research portfolio for the service.

After his psychiatry residency at Johns Hopkins, Lee completed a combined postdoctoral fellowship in psychiatric epidemiology and neuropsychiatry at that institution. Board certified in psychiatry with sub-specialty certification in psychosomatic medicine, he is known for his clinical expertise, commitment to education and creative research.

He has received several national and international awards, most notably the Dlin/Fischer Award in Excellence in Clinical Research awarded by the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine.

“Behavioral Health Services will strive to be an internationally recognized leader in clinical care, education and research in the field of psychosomatic and behavioral medicine,” Lee said. “I will do my utmost to lead the service that Yale deserves and of which we will all be proud.”

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