University of Colorado Professor to Head UB Psychiatry Department

By Lois Baker

Release Date: February 24, 2004 This content is archived.


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Steven Dubovski will become chair of the Department of Psychiatry effective July 1.

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Steven L. Dubovsky, M.D., professor of psychiatry and medicine and vice chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, has been named chair of the Department of Psychiatry in the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

He assumes responsibility for the department on July 1.

Dubovsky is a specialist in the pathophysiology and treatment of mood disorders, and in interactions between medical and psychiatric illnesses. He developed a laboratory test for bipolar disorder, as well as one of the treatments now available for this condition. His recent research has dealt with potential treatments for Alzheimer's disease.

Additional research interests include calcium metabolism in affective disorders, psychosomatic medicine and issues in medical education.

A native of Colorado, Dubovsky earned a bachelor's degree magna cum laude from New York University in 1965 and a medical degree from New York University School of Medicine in 1969. After completing an internship at Vancouver General Hospital in Vancouver, British Columbia, he completed a psychiatric residency at the University of Colorado Medical Center in 1973 and joined the University of Colorado medical school faculty that year as an instructor. He rose through the academic ranks and was promoted to full professor in 1989.

Dubovsky maintains an active clinical practice, and currently oversees academic and clinical affairs in the Department of Psychiatry and heads the department's Center for Advanced Psychiatry. He has held several administrative positions in the medical school, including associate dean for academic and faculty affairs, associate medical director of the general clinical research center, acting dean and acting and interim chair of psychiatry.

Dubovsky has published more than 100 articles in professional journals and is the author or co-author of 60 monographs, books and book chapters.