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   Joseph B. Martin

Professor Joseph Boyd Martin, M.D. Ph.D., has served as the Dean of Harvard Medical School since July 1997. Prior to that, he served as Chancellor of the University of California, San Francisco. Born in Alberta, Canada in 1938, Martin received his premedical and medical education at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, receiving the M.D. degree in 1962. He completed a residency in neurology in 1966 and fellowship in neuropathology in 1967 at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and earned his Ph.D. in anatomy from the University of Rochester in 1971.

He is the author or co-author of more than 300 scientific articles and reviews, and was one of the editors of Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, a widely used medical textbook. He has served on the editorial boards of the New England Journal of Medicine, Annals of Neurology, and Science. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a member of the American Association of Physicians and the American Neurological Association, serving the latter as President in 1989.

Dr. Martin is a prominent proponent of the reintegration of neurology, psychiatry and the neurosciences. In a 2002 review article in the American Journal of Psychiatry, he wrote that 'the separation of (neurological versus psychiatric disorders) is arbitrary, often influenced by beliefs rather than proven scientific observations. And the fact that the brain and mind are one makes the separation artificial anyway.' (Martin JB. The integration of neurology, psychiatry and neuroscience in the 21st century. Am J Psychiatry 2002; 159:695-704)

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