Max Fink, MD, Awarded Thomas William Salmon Medal by New York Academy of Medicine

Left to right: Rachit Patel, MD; Michael Schwartz, MD; Ami Baxi, MD; Jesse Contovasils, MD; Max Fink, MD; Jenna Taglienti, MD; Lauren Spring, MD; Ruby Bayog, MD; Letty Smith, MD (obscured); Reena Jaiswal, MD; Ashish Tambar, MD, Rathna Mallela, MD; Greg Gunyan, DO; Josiah Hagen, DO

Max Fink, MD, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Neurology at Stony Brook University, was awarded the New York Academy of Medicine’s Thomas W. Salmon medal for his life-long contributions to psychiatry and neurology at a ceremony on November 29, 2011. Robert Michels, MD, Chairman of the Salmon Committee and the former Dean of Medicine at Cornell University, who presented the award on behalf of the Academy, described Dr. Fink as a world leader in experimental psychiatry.

In his acceptance speech, Dr. Fink recalled Dr. Salmon's work with the National Committee for Mental Hygiene, an advocacy organization founded by Clifford Beers in 1909. Dr. Salmon’s work helped to launch the community mental health movement, with its emphasis on the promotion of mental health and the prevention of mental illness.

The presentation ceremony was followed by a lecture by Helen S. Mayberg, MD on "Deep Brain Stimulation: Rethinking Depression and its Treatment." Dr. Mayberg is Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry at Emory University.

Twelve residents from the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science attended the presentation and lecture, accompanied by Michael Schwartz, MD, the department's Director of Residency Training.

Dr. Fink’s contributions to psychiatry and neurology are described in more detail in the Fall 2011 edition of Headlines, the Department’s newsletter, and in a press release issued by Stony Brook University.