Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Executive Committee Member, University of Florida McKnight Brain Institute
Mark S. Gold, M.D.
About the Speaker
Mark S. Gold, MD, was selected as the University of Florida College of Medicine's first Distinguished Alumni Professor and served as the 37th Distinguished Alumni Professor. Prior to becoming chair of the department of psychiatry, he was a Donald R. Dizney Distinguished Service Professor in psychiatry, neuroscience, anesthesiology, and community health and family medicine.
He is a UF College of Medicine Teacher of the Year, researcher, mentor and inventor who has worked for more than 40 years to develop models for understanding the effects of tobacco, drugs and food on the brain and behavior.
Since the start of his research career at UF in 1970, Dr. Gold has been published more than 900 times in peer-reviewed journals for diverse psychiatric and addiction research subjects. He has authored 15 books, including a medical textbook on tobacco, alcohol, cocaine, practice guidelines, UpToDate, American Society of Addiction Medicine core competencies and medical textbooks for primary care professionals. His pioneering Oxford University Press book, ""Food Addiction,"" has become a well-known reference summarizing his work on the subject for over 30 years.
Dr. Gold has received numerous awards, including Distinguished Alumnus Awards from UF, Washington University and Yale University. He received Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha recognition from Washington University and UF.
He helped lead national panels for Columbia University, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Betty Ford Center, Yale University and the White House. He has worked with the State Department on projects in Afghanistan, the National Institute on Drug Abuse on crack, the National Institutes of Health on obesity and the Office of National Drug Control Policy on teen smoking and drug use prevention.
He has been awarded lifetime achievement and other major awards from many national organizations and the China Academy of Sciences in recognition of his groundbreaking research on food, drug abuse and addiction.