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Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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VA Physician Becomes Tenured Professor at Baylor College of Medicine

July 12, 2007

HOUSTON – Mark E. Kunik, M.D., M.P.H., a psychiatrist in the Mental Health Care Line at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC), was promoted to tenured professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine on June 25, 2007.

Listed as one of the best doctors in the nation in the field of psychiatry in 2006 by the medical knowledge company, Best Doctors, Inc., Kunik is a practicing geropsychiatrist at the MEDVAMC and has conducted extensive clinical and health services research on dementia. He has worked tirelessly to improve the quality of life for people with dementia, both as a caring physician to his patients and as a researcher who has published more than 50 papers on dementia-related issues alone.

The many patients whose lives he has touched since he first joined the MEDVAMC in 1993 would gladly attest to the thoughtful and sympathetic attention Kunik has shown to each one. After serving as the director of the Geropsychiatry Service at the MEDVAMC from 1993 to 1999, Kunik received an Advanced Research Career Development Award and moved to the VA’s Houston Center for Quality of Care & Utilization Studies (HCQCUS) to further his research efforts on behalf of those with dementia.

"Dr. Kunik is committed to providing state of the art, evidence-based care for our veterans with mental health issues. An extremely talented physician, he is also dedicated to educating and guiding the next generation of leaders in behavioral sciences," said Thomas B. Horvath, M.D., F.R.A.C.P., MEDVAMC chief of staff.

In addition to being a physician investigator and associate director at HCQCUS, Kunik also serves as associate director for Research Training for the South Center VA Healthcare Network and co-director for the VA’s Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center’s Special Fellowship Program in Advanced Psychiatry and Psychology.

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