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Department Chair

Rajesh R. Tampi, MD, MS, DFAPA, DFAAGP

Dr. Tampi is the Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Creighton University School of Medicine and Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) Health Behavioral Health Services in Omaha, Nebraska. We are proud to announce that Dr. Tampi will be installed as the inaugural Bhatia Endowed Chair of Psychiatry on March 15, 2022.

Prior to moving to Omaha, Dr. Tampi was the Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Cleveland Clinic Akron General in Akron, Ohio and the Chief of the Section for Geriatric Psychiatry at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. In addition, he was a Professor of Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Learner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Tampi maintains his appointment as a Professor of Psychiatry at NorthEast Ohio Medical University in Rootstown, Ohio and as a Professor of Psychiatry (Adjunct) at Yale School of Medicine in 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 in 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 in Kerala, India. He trained in Psychiatry at the University of Leeds in Leeds, England and at the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vermont. During his residency training in England, Dr. Tampi also attained a Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Psychiatry from the University of Leeds. He completed his Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship at Yale School of Medicine in 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 in 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 is the recipient of the APA’s 2022 ‘George Tarjan Award’.

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 52 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.

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.