With nearly 50 years of experience in the fields of academia and health care, Donald Max Pirodsky, MD, is an applauded educator and psychiatrist who hosted his own private practice from 1986 to 2007 while simultaneously working as an adjunct attending psychiatrist at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, N.Y., from 1991 to 2006. Prior to these appointments, Dr. Pirodsky served as an attending psychiatrist at SUNY Upstate Medical University from 1976 to 1991, the chairman of the Pharmacy Review and Therapeutic Agents Committee at the Syracuse VA Medical Center from 1980 to 1986, and a staff psychiatrist at the Syracuse VA Medical Center from 1976 to 1987. Dr. Pirodsky began his journey in medicine as an intern at Northwestern Memorial Hospital from 1970 to 1971.
In preparation for his lauded career, Dr. Pirodsky first obtained a Bachelor of Arts from Hofstra University
in 1966, followed by a Doctor of Medicine from the State University of New York at Syracuse in 1970. He subsequently completed residencies in psychiatry at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.Y., from 1973 to 1974, and University Medical Center Tucson in Arizona from 1974 to 1976.
A diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Dr. Pirodsky is a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a member of the American Psychosomatic Society, the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, and the New York State Psychiatric Association, among several others.
To impart his wealth of knowledge onto his community, Dr. Pirodsky contributed as an author and co-author for numerous publications, such as articles in professional journals and chapters to medical books. In addition, he authored “Primer of Clinical Psychopharmacology: A Practical Guide,” published in 1981, and co-authored “Clinical Primer of Psychopharmacology: A Practical Guide, Second Edition,” published in 1992.
The father of two children, Dr. Pirodsky enjoys collecting baseball cards and other sports memorabilia. He looks fondly upon the publication of his two books, considering them to be the highlights of his career.
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