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Joel Elkes, M.D.

Member PhotoJoel Elkes, M.D.
TitleDistinguished Service Professor, Emeritus, Johns Hopkins University / Distinguished University Professor, Emeritus, University of Louisville
Current OrganizationFetzer Institute
Type of OrganizationMedical/university
Area of DistributionInternational
University/DegreeEducated in Lithuania and Switzerland; M.D., University of Birmingham, England, 1947
BornNovember 12, 1913, Koenigsberg, Germany
Honors & AwardsNumerous including, CINP International Pioneer Award in Psychopharmacology
Published WorksSelected writings, Budapest Peninsula Press, 2001
Hobbies & SportsPainting
Career AccomplishmentsHe has significantly contributed to the founding of the new science of Psychopharmacology, a science dealing with the play of chemical influences on mental life, and the place of drugs in the management and treatment of the mentally ill
Work HistoryHe came to England in 1931 and studied medicine at St Mary's Hospital, London. Beginning in physical chemistry and pharmacology, he moved into psychiatry, and, in 1951, founded the Department of Experimental Psychiatry in the University of Birmingham (UK), the first of its kind in the world. Since coming to the US in 1957 he built three major research centers for the Brain Sciences as they relate to mental illness. Between 1963 and 1975 he served as Psychiatrist-in-Chief at the Johns Hopkins Hospital
SpouseSally Lucke Elkes
MarriedJune 15, 2001
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