Vice President for Faculty Affairs & Professional Development
Professor, Psychiatry, Public Health, and the Health Related Professions
SUNY Downstate Medical Center

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Dr. Merlino is the founding Vice President for Faculty Affairs & Professional Development and Professor at SUNY Downstate's College of Medicine, School of Public Health, and College of Health Related Professions. From 2000-2014 he worked at NYC Health & Hospitals, as Director of Community and Ambulatory Psychiatry at Bellevue Hospital Center, Director of Psychiatry at Queens Hospital Center, and lastly as Director of Psychiatry and Deputy Executive Director of Kings County Hospital Behavioral Health Service. Previously, he served in various leadership roles in psychiatry at Lenox Hill Hospital from 1987-1999 where he was the founding chair of the hospital ethics committee and consultation service. 

Dr. Merlino is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, a Fellow of The New York Academy of Medicine, and a Life Fellow and former President of the American Academy of Dynamic Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis. He is a member of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP), GAP Board of Directors and founding chair of the Committee on Administration & Leadership. 

Dr. Merlino has co-edited four books on topics including disaster psychiatry, Freud, and an oral history of the homosexual rights movement in American Psychiatry. His most recent book (2014) is on the use of the Toyota lean approach to quality transformation in behavioral healthcare. Dr. Merlino received his medical degree from New York Medical College and Master of Public Administration from Baruch College.