Message from the Chair
William F. Gabrielli, Jr., M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Psychiatry and Internal Medicine
Chair of Psychiatry
"We welcome your inquiry and thank you for your interest in our training programs. Since 1905, psychiatry has played a prominent role in medical education and patient care at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Our tradition, the oldest, proudest, and greatest in the State, is inspired by the work of Benjamin Rush, MD (the father of American Psychiatry) who for 43 years during the 1800’s quietly cared for the psychiatric needs of patients at the Pennsylvania Hospital, a general medical facility. In this tradition, psychiatric care equates to specialized medical care focusing on mental health as part of comprehensive healthcare. Psychiatric illness is understood in the broader context of health and disease, with diagnoses and treatments empirically based.
The University of Kansas tradition in mental health care also reflects our humanistic focus. Mental illness strikes people, and our commitment is to meet each of these unique individual’s needs with kindness as well as expertise. Partly due to our close relationships with the community mental health system, the state hospital system, and the local veterans’ hospitals it would be difficult for anyone to find another psychiatric facility in the region better able to provide the same level of comprehensive and compassionate care for those suffering with mental illness.
Psychiatry at the University of Kansas Medical Center shares one other tradition with the best training programs in the country. We have a profound appreciation for the growth of knowledge in the field. Throughout our history, mental illness has remained a frontier science. While others have faltered as they deviated from the scientific tradition, we remain committed to our role in the advancement of scientific psychiatry.
Our patient care and academic missions rank highest in our priority. At the University of Kansas we care about our patients, our trainees, and the importance of the growth of knowledge in the treatment of mental illness. We hope you will join us in our efforts to advance these important traditions into our second century."