Jeffrey Akman, MD

Jeffrey Akman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey S. Akman is Dean of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) and vice provost for health affairs at The George Washington University. In addition, he will assume the roles and responsibilities of the vice president for health affairs. Akman brings to the position more than 33 years of service to the school, including 25 years as a full-time faculty member and numerous leadership roles.

Upon completion of his medical degree at SMHS in 1981 and his Psychiatry residency at GW in 1985, he then joined the full-time faculty in 1985. He served as the director of medical student education in Psychiatry, assistant dean for student educational policies, and associate dean for student and faculty development and policies before being appointed the Leon M. Yochelson Professor and Interim Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in 2000. He was named permanent chair of the department in 2004.

As chair, Dr. Akman lead more than 300 faculty members, directed the department’s clinical practice of general adult psychiatry, and served as chief of the Psychiatry Service of The George Washington University Hospital. Dr. Akman has directed and taught all of the major psychiatry and behavioral sciences courses for GW medical and health sciences students; taught medical humanities courses; and counseled, advised, and mentored countless GW medical students and residents. As a dean, he led the development of three GW medical school traditions: the SMHS Convocation, the medical school’s Honor Code, and the White Coat Ceremony.

One of a handful of psychiatrists who defined and developed the field of HIV/AIDS psychiatry in the mid-1980’s, Dr. Akman is nationally recognized for his expertise in HIV/AIDS neuropsychiatry and in the psychiatric care of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals. He continues to have a clinical practice of general adult psychiatry with a particular interest in HIV/AIDS neuropsychiatry and GLBT mental health issues.

Dr. Akman has provided extensive volunteer service to the community, including providing pro bono service to the clients and staff of several nonprofit community organizations, and serving on the boards of directors of Food & Friends, the Whitman-Walker Clinic (President, 1992-3), the National Lesbian & Gay Health Association (President, 1996-98), the Washington Psychiatric Society (President, 2003-04), the Medical Society of the District of Columbia, and the Samaritans of DC.

Dr. Akman is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a member of the American College of Psychiatrists. He was named one of “America’s Top Psychiatrists” and one of the “Best Doctors in America.” A recipient of the school’s Distinguished Teacher Award, he was inducted into its Society of Distinguished Teachers in 1998. He is a recipient of the GW Chapter of the AAMC Physician Humanism Award and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society.