James J. Peters VA Medical Center
Rachel Yehuda, PhD, Elected to NAM
BRONX, NY – Rachel Yehuda, PhD, JJP Mental Health Patient Care Center Director and Professor of Neuroscience, and Director of the Traumatic Stress Studies Division at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, has been elected to the prestigious National Academy of Medicine. A renowned leader in the field of trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and resilience, Dr. Yehuda leads our PTSD clinical research program, as well as the Neurochemistry and Neuroendocrinology laboratory, here at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center.
“Dr. Yehuda’s Election to the National Academy of Medicine is a momentous career achievement and one of the most significant honors in health and medicine,” said Sarah Garrison, MD, MPH, Chief of Staff. “Dr. Yehuda’s election brings great credit to our medical center and represents many years of distinguished and notable achievement in medicine and research.”
Dr. Yehuda received her PhD in Psychology and Neurochemistry and her MS in Biological Psychiatry from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She completed her postdoctoral training in biological psychiatry at Yale Medical School. She is the author of more than 450 published papers, chapters, and books in the field of traumatic stress and the neurobiology of PTSD.
New members to the National Academy of Medicine are elected by current active members through a selective process that recognizes people who have made major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care, and public health. Established in 1970 by the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, formerly known as the Institute of Medicine, is a national resource that provides independent, objective analysis and advice on health issues.
We congratulate Dr. Yehuda on her election to the Academy, considered one of the highest honors in health and medicine.
Dr. Yehuda established the first clinical PTSD program at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center. Her early-career research on cortisol and brain function produced some of the initial findings on the endocrinology and neurochemistry of PTSD, revolutionizing the understanding and treatment of the disorder worldwide. Her initial cortisol findings shaped the trajectory of her career, with subsequent research discoveries involving risk and resilience factors, psychological and biological predictors of treatment response, genetic and epigenetic studies, and the intergenerational transmission of trauma and PTSD.
Her current research interests include PTSD biomarkers, innovative PTSD prevention strategies, and novel approaches to PTSD treatment, including the use of psychedelic medications.
About the James J. Peters VA Medical Center
The Bronx (James J. Peters) VAMC is a tertiary care medical center classified as a Clinical Referral Level 1b facility that provides a broad range of inpatient and outpatient health care services. The Medical Center serves a local Veteran population of approximately 375,000 patients from the Bronx, Westchester, lower Hudson Valley and Queens. We complete over 1500 outpatient visits per day, we perform over 7000 lab tests and diagnostic studies daily, and provide inpatient services on 7 wards, including 3 med-surg, 2 spinal cord injury, an ICU/CCU and an inpatient psychiatric unit Our campus also supports an authorized 120 bed nursing home and a $25 million-dollar research program. We support three Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC’s) which are in Yonkers, White Plains, and Queens. In addition, the facility is the Regional Referral Center for the northeast region, in several modalities, including bariatric surgery; hemodialysis, microvascular surgery; robotic surgery; spinal cord injury; amputee care; poly-trauma and TBI. The JJP VAMC enjoys a formal and longstanding affiliation with three major academic institutions in New York City. Our affiliations with the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Mount Sinai Hospital, the Hospital of Special Surgery, and Columbia Medical School and Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, provide academic support for medical student and resident training programs.
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