Strouse named medical director of Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital

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Thomas B. Strouse has been named medical director of the Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA.

Strouse, who has maintained a faculty appointment at UCLA since completing his residency training on campus in 1991, most recently served as director of cancer pain management and psychosocial services at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's outpatient cancer center. Prior to that, he was director of the UCLA consultation/liaison psychiatry service and worked closely with the UCLA Liver Transplant Program for more than a decade. Strouse assumes leadership of what is widely considered to be the premier psychiatric hospital in the western United States, ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the fifth best psychiatric hospital in the country in 2007.

"It's extremely exciting and an honor to take on this position as we begin the move into our new hospital in the spring of 2008," Strouse said. "In our work, the connection between mind and body is of the utmost importance, and the new Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital will reflect our commitment to understanding that connection. With private patient rooms, an outdoor terrace for therapeutic interaction, age-specific care divisions and the latest medical technology, the new hospital provides an ideal environment for patients to heal and for researchers to uncover new solutions."

Strouse has spent his career working with medically ill adults coping with the psychiatric and physical aspects of catastrophic illness. As a dedicated clinician-teacher, he has been widely recognized for his contributions. In 2003, he received the Robert T. Angarola Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Southern California Cancer Pain Initiative, for his dedication to improving quality of life for people with cancer. He has also been recognized by UCLA psychiatry residents with a Top Course Director Award and has been named repeatedly in Castle and Connolly's "America's Top Doctors" listings.

In addition, Strouse is a fellow of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine and a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is board certified in both general psychiatry and pain medicine and is a member of the test committee writing the first-ever board exams for hospice and palliative-care medicine. He completed the UCLA Physician Acupuncture Training Program and actively practices acupuncture as a pain physician. Strouse has published many peer-reviewed papers and book chapters and sits on the editorial boards of a number of important journals. He lectures throughout the country on topics related to pain, organ transplantation and the psychiatric aspects of medical illness. He was educated at Pomona College and the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

The Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA provides comprehensive patient care, research and education in the fields of mental health, developmental disabilities and neurology. It is the major psychiatry teaching facility of the UCLA Center for the Health Sciences, one of the nation's leading medical centers. For more information, visit www.uclahealth.org/resnick.