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June 18, 2009

Two faculty members from the psychiatry department at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine have received national honors from the American Psychiatric Association (APA) at its annual meeting in May.

Dr. Jeffrey Bennett, Dr. Jeffrey Bennett Portrait assistant professor of psychiatry, was honored with the Irma Bland Award for Excellence in Teaching Residents.  This award is given to an APA member who has made outstanding and sustaining contributions to resident education in psychiatry.

Bennett joined SIU’s faculty in 2003 and has served as director of SIU’s psychiatry residency program.  He completed a fellowship in neuropsychiatry at the University of Chicago (UC) Hospitals (1992) and a research fellowship in neurology at the University of Maryland Medical Center (1987).  He completed his psychiatry residency at the UC Hospitals (1991) and earned his medical degree at New York University School of Medicine (1986).  He earned his bachelor's at Harvard University (1978).

Dr. Robert Pary, Dr. Robert Pary professor of psychiatry, has been honored with the Nancy Roeske, M.D. Certificate of Recognition for Excellence in Medical Student Education award.  This certificate is presented to APA members and fellows who have made outstanding and sustaining contributions to medical student education.

Pary joined the SIU faculty in 1994 and is retiring this month.  He completed a visiting fellowship in magnetic resonance imaging at the Pittsburgh NMR Institute (1989) and a fellowship in psychopharmacology at Tufts University School of Medicine (1982).  He completed his psychiatric residency at Tufts (1981) and earned his medical and bachelor's degrees from Loyola University (1977, 1973).

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