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Rajesh Tampi, MD

Chair, Department of Psychiatry


Rajesh Tampi


School of Medicine

Rajesh Tampi, MD

Chair, Department of Psychiatry


Dr. Tampi is the Professor and Chairman, Department of Psychiatry, Inaugural Bhatia Family Endowed Chair in Psychiatry, Creighton University School of Medicine and Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) Health Behavioral Health Services, Omaha, Nebraska. Prior to moving to Omaha, Dr. Tampi was the Chairman, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Cleveland Clinic Akron General, Akron, Ohio and the Chief, Section for Geriatric Psychiatry, Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. In addition, he was a Professor of Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Learner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Tampi is also a Professor of Psychiatry at North East Ohio Medical University, Rootstown, Ohio and an Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut.

Dr. Tampi is the Past President of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP). He was the President of the AAGP for 2019-2020 and the Co-President for 2020-2021. Dr. Tampi was the Secretary and Treasurer of the AAGP for 2017-2018. He was the Program Chair for the 2017 AAGP Annual Meeting, Dallas, Texas. Dr. Tampi is the Past President of the International Medical Graduates (IMG) Caucus at the American Psychiatric Association (APA). He is a Distinguished Fellow of the APA and of the AAGP.

Dr. Tampi is a graduate of the University of Kerala, Kerala, India. He trained in Psychiatry at the University of Leeds, Leeds, England and at the University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont. During his residency training in England, Dr. Tampi also attained a Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Psychiatry from the University of Leeds, Leeds, England, United Kingdom. He completed his Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship at Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut.

Dr. Tampi has received three ‘Outstanding Teaching Attending Awards’ and the ‘Chairman’s Award’ for outstanding teaching, research and clinical work from the Department of Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine. He received the ‘Teacher of the Year’ Award from the Department of Psychiatry, Case Western Reserve University MetroHealth Program, Cleveland, Ohio in 2015, 2016 and 2018.

Dr. Tampi is a recipient of the Geriatric Academic Career Award (GACA) instituted by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). He was a recipient of the AAGP’s ‘Clinician of the Year Award’ in 2013. Dr. Tampi also received the AAGP’s ‘Recognition and Appreciation’ Certificate in 2018. In 2019, he received the AAGP’s ‘Educator of the Year Award’. Dr. Tampi received the ‘2019 Outstanding Academician of the Year Award’ given by the Indo-American Psychiatric Association (IAPA). He is the recipient of the 2021 ‘Jack Weinberg Award’ for Geriatric Psychiatry given by the APA.  Dr. Tampi has been honored with the 2022 ‘George Tarjan Award’ by the APA.

Dr. Tampi has over 180 publications on various topics in psychiatry and geriatric psychiatry. In addition, he is the Editor of 10 books in psychiatry published by reputed publishers including Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW), Oxford University Press (OUP), Springer International Publishing (SIP) and Cambridge University Press (CUP).  
Dr. Tampi serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the World Journal of Psychiatry. He is also an Associate Editor for Drugs in Context (Psychiatry), Associate Editor for Aging Psychiatry Section of Frontiers in Psychiatry and the Section Editor of Geriatric Psychiatry for Psychiatric Times. He is on the Editorial Board of ‘Clinical Interventions in Aging’, the ‘Annals of Clinical Psychiatry’ and ‘Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology’. Furthermore, Dr. Tampi serves as an ad-hoc peer reviewer for 55 journals including the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, the American Journal of Psychiatry, JAMA Psychiatry, the Journal of American Geriatrics Society and the American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and other Dementias amongst others. 

Teaching Interests

  • Psychiatry

Research Focus

Dr. Tampi’s clinical and research interests are the management of psychiatric disorders in late life, neurodegenerative disorders, ethical & legal issues in geriatric psychiatry, integrated geriatric -psychiatric care and undergraduate and postgraduate education in psychiatry and geriatric psychiatry.





Editing and Reviews

  • The Carlat Psychiatry Report
    Tampi, RR, Aiken, C. An Off-Label Guide to Gabapentin
    20, p. 1-2 2022
  • The Carlat Psychiatry Report
    Tampi, RR, Personality Changes Later in Life: Diagnostic and Treatment Considerations.
    1, p. 5-6 2022


  • Assessment and Management of Cognitive Disorders in Late Life. 2022
  • Managing Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia During COVID 19: A Clinicians Guide 2022
  • Sleep in Older Adults: Assessment, Diagnosis, and Management 2022
  • Managing Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia in the Era of Boxed Warning 2022
  • International Medical Graduate and a Career as a Geriatric Psychiatrist 2022
  • Writing and Getting Published: Developing This Important Skill Set for Geriatric Psychiatrists 2022


  • George Tarian Award
    American Psychiatric Association