John Tomkowiak, MD, MOL
Associate Professor and Acting Chair
Dean, Chicago Medical School
The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences views modern psychiatry as neuropsychiatry because behavior is a product of brain function and psychopathology is an expression of deviant brain structure and function. Neuropsychopharmacology, neurophysiology and neuropsychology are the foundations for this modern psychiatry. But neuropsychiatry is not neuroscience alone. Socioeconomic and other environmental factors play a major role in the expression of behavior and a supportive therapeutic doctor-patient relationship is essential. Those verbal techniques used in the doctor-patient relationship comprise psychotherapy, which affects brain functioning through learning.
Clinical practice of psychiatry requires both knowledge and wisdom. Our department is known for its emphasis on neuropsychiatry and descriptive psychopathology, and its dedication to psychiatric education.
Our Mission is to prepare our trainees for the practice of tomorrow with the foundation of yesterday and the wisdom of today. Our publications reflect our philosophy. Our residency graduates practice successfully in public, private and academic settings. Some remain with us as faculty members. Much attention is given to the work satisfaction of faculty, residents and medical students.