Dr. Jeffrey Akman
Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean, Walter A. Bloedorn Chair in Administrative Medicine, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, George Washington University
Dr. Jeffrey Akman is Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) of the George Washington University (GWU). In that position, he provides leadership for the 11th oldest medical school in the U.S. and maintains SMHS’s commitment to biomedical research, excellence and innovation in medical and health sciences education, and improving the health and well-being of local, national, and global communities.
Dr. Akman completed his psychiatry residency at GWU and then joined full-time faculty at GWU where he served as Associate Dean for Educational Policies and Faculty Affairs. He developed a national reputation in medical education in psychiatry before being appointed the Leon M. Yochelson Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral at GWU, which he held for 10 years. In the mid-1980s, Dr. Akman was one of a handful of psychiatrists who defined and developed the field of HIV/AIDS psychiatry and he was the principal investigator of a National Institute of Health grant to train and educate healthcare professionals in the medical and mental health aspects of HIV/AIDS. He has held numerous leadership positions in medicine and psychiatry and he is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a member of the American College of Psychiatrists. Additionally, he has won numerous awards, including being named one of “America’s Top Psychiatrists” and one of the “Best Doctors in America.” He currently serves on the Mayor of the District of Columbia’s Commission on HIV/AIDS.
Dr. Akman graduated from Duke University and received his medical degree from GWU.