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October 21, 2017

Dean of Medicine Peter Buckley authors book on physical health problems associated with schizophrenia

Dean of Medicine Peter F. Buckley, M.D., authors book Physical Health and Schizophrenia on physical health problems associated with schizophrenia.

Dean of Medicine Peter F. Buckley, M.D., authors book Physical Health and Schizophrenia on physical health problems associated with schizophrenia.

“It’s well known that schizophrenia and serious mental illnesses carry a reduced life expectancy, but it’s often assumed that suicide is the main cause of this disparity,” says Peter F. Buckley, M.D., dean of the VCU School of Medicine. “Actually, suicide accounts for no more than a third of the early mortality associated with schizophrenia. The vast majority is due to cardiovascular factors.”

Buckley has joined with David J. Castle and Fiona P. Gaughran in authoring a new book on the physical health problems associated with schizophrenia that provides a clear overview of strategies and interventions for tackling these issues.

Physical Health and Schizophrenia is written as a resource for researchers and clinicians in the mental health field as well as those working in primary care. It also includes an appendix designed specifically for patients and those who care for them, with practical tips on how to be actively involved in monitoring and managing physical health problems.

Before joining the School of Medicine as its 24th dean in January 2017, Buckley served for almost seven years as dean of the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, with the last two years of additional responsibilities while also serving as interim CEO of the academic healthcare system. Alongside his administrative responsibilities, he has remained active in research on the neurobiology and treatment of schizophrenia and is recognized internationally for his research.

A distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Buckley is a past president of the American Association of Chairs of Departments of Psychiatry and has served as an executive committee member of the International Congress of Schizophrenia Research. With 500 original articles, book chapters and abstracts to his credit, Buckley is editor of the journal Clinical Schizophrenia & Related Psychoses. He is senior author of a postgraduate textbook of psychiatry and has also authored or edited 17 books on schizophrenia and related topics. He serves as associate editor or as a member of the editorial boards of nearly a dozen other psychiatric journals.

Co-author David J. Castle, M.D., is professor and chair of psychiatry at St Vincent’s Hospital at the University of Melbourne in Australia. Fiona P. Gaughran, M.D., is lead consultant in the National Psychosis Service and R&D director of the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. She also is a reader in psychopharmacology and physical health at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience in London, U.K.

Physical Health and Schizophrenia is published by Oxford University Press, a department of the University of Oxford in the U.K.

By Erin Lucero

Virginia Commonwealth University
VCU Medical Center
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