Psychiatry Chair (Interim), Richard Weiner, M.D., Ph.D.

The Interim Chair of the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

Richard Weiner, M.D., Ph.D.


Dr. Richard Weiner earned his MD and PhD through the Medical Scientist Training Program at Duke University School of Medicine and completed Psychiatry residency training at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill before returning to Duke to embark on a long and illustrious academic career. 
In addition to serving as Chief of the Mental Health Service Line at the Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center for two decades, Dr. Weiner is the Medical Director of the nationally prominent Duke ECT Program.  Having authored over 150 publications in the area of neuromodulation, Dr. Weiner is an accomplished physician-researcher and educator.  His research has been instrumental in the development of newer, safe and effective procedures for the application of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in the treatment of treatment-refractory depression.  Although he is known most for his work in neuromodulation, Dr. Weiner is a firm believer in an eclectic perspective with respect to assessment and treatment of individuals suffering from psychiatric disorders, with the development and implementation of customized treatment plans that pay attention to psychodynamic, relationship, and environmental factors as well as diagnosis.
In terms of educational involvement in the Department, Dr. Weiner has served for decades on the Psychiatry Residency Education Committee and has a long history of advocating for excellent clinical and training opportunities at all levels at Duke and the Durham VA Medical Center. As part of that advocacy, he has personally taught countless trainees important lessons about leadership and education as well as ECT administration.
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