Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Past APA President Dr. Jerry M. Wiener Dies: A Remembrance. (Opinion)

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Past APA President Dr. Jerry M. Wiener Dies: A Remembrance. (Opinion)

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One of the leading voices in American psychiatry and academic psychiatry has passed away.

Jerry Wiener shone as a person whose dedication to principle was unwavering and who was always forthright in the expression of what he believed and uncompromisingly persistent in pursuing what was right.

He was a passionate advocate for the field of psychiatry and for the psychiatric care of children and adolescents. He held strongly that psychiatry was a medical specialty, and that our identity as psychiatrists was rooted in our medical training and in the medical model. He fought passionately against psychologist prescribing privileges.

He was a psychoanalyst who wrote textbooks on psychopharmacology, and he practiced and actively espoused his belief that psychiatry was "an integrative discipline with feet firmly and equally planted in neuroscience and psychosocial theory combined within the biopsychosocial model."

In his 20 years as department chair at George Washington University, Jerry was deeply invested in and supportive of medical students and residents. Whether as faculty advisor, supervisor, teacher, or just to reach out to provide some encouragement, Jerry was always available to medical students and residents. He encouraged referrals and always had time to provide free or reduced-fee psychiatric treatment for a medical student. It was common for him to invite a student or resident out to lunch or over to his home for a meal with his family.

But there was much more to Jerry Wiener than his professional accomplishments. He was, first and foremost, a family man devoted to and immensely proud of his loving wife, Louise; his sons, Matthew, Ethan, Ross, and Aaron; his daughters-in-law, Mari, Melike, and Robin; and his grandson, Noah.

With his keen intellect and his sparkling sense of humor, Jerry was worldly, well read, and extremely knowledgeable--seemingly about most things, but especially about antiques, world affairs, and literature. He was an avid collector and gardener.

In his American Psychiatric Association presidential address, entitled "Encompassing Diversity and Demanding Equity" and given in May 1995, Jerry said that "we are, more than any other, a specialty still of both science and soul. …

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