Dan German Blazer, M.D., Ph.D.

Dan BlazerJ.P. Gibbons Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Vice Chair for Education and Academic Affairs, Duke University Medical Center
Professor of Community and Family Medicine, Duke University Medical Center
Head of the University Council on Aging and Human Development,
Duke University Medical Center
Adjunct Professor in the Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of North Carolina

B.A. Vanderbilt University
M.D. University of Tennessee
M.P.H University of North Carolina
Ph.D. University of North Carolina

Following nine years in academic administration as Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Dean of Medical Education at Duke University School of Medicine, Dr. Blazer returned to teaching, research and practice in July of 1999. In 2002-03 he was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies of the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. He is the author or editor of 34 books, author or co-author of over 180 published abstracts and over 360 peer-reviewed articles. He is also the author or co-author of over 170 book chapters. Many of the book chapters and scientific articles are on the topics of depression, epidemiology, and consultation liaison psychiatry, especially with the elderly. Dr. Blazer’s research has focused on the prevalence of physical and mental illness in the elderly.

Among the honors received by Dr. Blazer are the receipt of a Research Career Development Award from the National Institute of Mental Health, listing in WHO’S WHO IN AMERICA, WHO’S WHO IN AMERICAN MEN AND WOMEN OF SCIENCE and THE BEST DOCTORS IN AMERICA, receipt of the Honored Teaching Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, fellowship in the American College of Psychiatry and Gerontological Society of America, Distinguished Life Fellowship in the American Psychiatric Association, Distinguished Faculty Member of Duke University School of Medicine, Oscar Pfister Award from the American Psychiatric Association for the integration of religion and psychiatry, and the Pioneers in Geriatric Psychiatry Award from the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry.

Dr. Blazer is Past-President of the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry and past chair of the membership committee of the Institute of Medicine. He is currently the editor of Duke Medicine HealthNews and a member of the editorial board of the Archives of General Psychiatry.