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Ray DePaulo is the first Hopkins psychiatrist-in-chief and Phipps chair to have been educated at Johns Hopkins. He became a Hopkins medical student during the Elkes era, a Phipps chief resident when Paul McHugh took the helm, and a faculty leader in the clinical care of mood disorders, psychiatric genetics research, and the education of medical students, residents, as well as patients and families. As all these, and as a man who knows everyone worth knowing at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, he was uniquely equipped to maintain our department’s position ahead of the mainstream.
“The methods of molecular and brain research in psychiatry are rapidly advancing and their stated goal is to retool practitioners as the ‘War on Cancer’ did starting in 1971…The methods of brain science can teach us things we didn’t know and that are exciting, but they aren’t yet changing how we diagnose and treat our patients…. Patients come in with a complaint or concern and ask their physician four questions in sequence: ‘What is wrong? How did it happen? What will become of me? ‘What should we do about it?.’…. These questions…require actual knowledge of the patient as a person, as a lived life. This is the rationale of the Meyerian history: …His method is comprehensive, systematic and logical, rather than simply a chronology…. It might not be appreciated today that Meyer’s examination of the patient is both the predecessor of and the key companion piece to the Perspectives of Psychiatry in what we know today as ‘Hopkins Psychiatry.’ …Hopkins Psychiatry, according to many of our colleagues elsewhere and for many of the past 30 years was ‘different’ from what is practiced and taught at their centers. However today, as [the US News 2011 and 2012 surveys of psychiatrists] have voted Hopkins as the best clinical Department of Psychiatry, it is clear that we have a reputation as an excellent patient care program.”
J Raymond DePaulo, excerpts from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Grand Rounds 2010, 2011, 2012.