Duke University School of Medicine
JP Gibbons Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Dr. Blazer is the JP Gibbons Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University School of Medicine. He received his MD degree from the University of Tennessee, his MPH and PhD degrees from the University of North Carolina and trained in Psychiatry at Duke. A former interim chair of Psychiatry and Dean of Medical Education for Duke University School of Medicine, he continues to be active in developing national health policy through the National Academies. He was elected to the Institute of Medicine (now National Academy of Medicine) in 1995 and received the Walsh McDermott Award from the Institute for Lifetime Distinguished Service in 2014. He chaired the Academies Committee on Cognitive Aging.
Dr. Blazer was the recipient of the first Annual Geriatric Psychiatry Research Award and the Distinguished Service Award from the American College of Psychiatrists, the Weinberg Award for geriatric psychiatry and the Oscar Pfister Award for the integration of religion and psychiatry from the American Psychiatric Association, the Klemeier Award from the Gerontological Society of America, Rema Lapouse Award from the American Public Health Association, the Distinguished Faculty Award from Duke University School of Medicine and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of North Carolina School of Public Health and the University of Tennessee School of Medicine, as well as the Senior Investigator Award from the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry. He is the author or co-author of over 500 peer reviewed articles, 200 book chapters and is author or editor of 40 books.