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Menninger Bids Farewell to Chief of Staff John M. Oldham, MD, MS

Thursday, December 31, 2015

C. Edward Coffey, MD, and John M. Oldham, MD, MS

After nine years as The Clinic's chief of staff, John M. Oldham, MD, MS, pictured right with Menninger President and CEO C. Edward Coffey, MD, departs today for his new role as the interim chair of the Menninger Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine.


"We are indebted to Dr. Oldham for his unwavering dedication to the patients we treat and to the faculty and staff who treat them," said Dr. Coffey. "It's thanks to his leadership, vision and compassion that Menninger has been able to continue to deliver such outstanding care to those with severe mental illness."


An expert in personality disorders and recognized internationally as a leader in psychiatric medicine, Dr. Oldham has had responsibility for leading the medical staff and managing research and education during his tenure at Menninger. He has also had responsibilities at Baylor, serving as Executive Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs and Development; Barbara and Corbin J. Robertson, Jr. Endowed Chair in Personality Disorders; and Professor.

He has also hosted Menninger Mindscape, a podcast about mental health issues.
Throughout his career, Dr. Oldham has been active in the American Psychiatric Association, which serves more than 38,000 psychiatrists worldwide. He is a past president of the organization. He was also a member of the Personality and Personality Disorders Workgroup, which made recommendations for changes to the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
Dr. Oldham has also served a two-year term as president of the American College of Psychiatrists, which is limited to 750 practicing psychiatrists who have demonstrated outstanding competence in the field of psychiatry and who have achieved national recognition in clinical practice, research, academic leadership or teaching.
A prolific writer and educator, Dr. Oldham is senior editor of the Textbook of Personality Disorders and the Essentials of Personality Disorders. For more than 10 years, he has served as editor of the Journal of Psychiatric Practice. In addition, he is an associate book editor for the American Psychiatric Publishing Inc. (APPI) and a member of the APPI Board of Directors.
Before joining Menninger in 2007, he served as professor and chairman of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and executive director of the Institute of Psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina.
At Columbia University, Dr. Oldham was the Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor and acting chairman of the Department of Psychiatry. He also directed the New York State Psychiatric Institute and was chief medical officer of the New York State Office of Mental Health.
Dr. Oldham received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine and completed psychiatric residency training at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and the New York State Psychiatric Institute. He completed psychoanalytic training at the Columbia Psychoanalytic Center.