Michael F. Myers, MD

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Michael F Myers, MD, DLFAPA


Dr. Myers is Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and immediate past Vice-Chair of Education and Director of Training in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at SUNY-Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. He graduated in medicine from the University of Western Ontario in 1966 and did residencies at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, Wayne State University (Detroit General Hospital), and the University of British Columbia. Since completing his residency training in 1973 and until June 2008, he taught half-time at the University of British Columbia and was in private practice half-time in Vancouver. He is board certified in Psychiatry by both the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada and the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology.

Dr. Myers is the author or co-author of eight books: Why Physicians Die By Suicide: Lessons Learned From Their Families and Others Who Cared (Amazon 2017); The Physician As Patient: A Clinical Handbook for Mental Health Professionals (with Glen Gabbard, American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc., Washington, DC, 2008); Touched By Suicide: Hope and Healing After Loss (With Carla Fine, Gotham/​Penguin Books, New York, 2006); The Handbook of Physician Health (with Larry Goldman and Leah Dickstein, American Medical Association, Chicago, 2000); Intimate Relationships in Medical School: How to Make Them Work (Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks CA, 2000); How’s Your Marriage? A Book for Men and Women (American Psychiatric Press Inc., Washington, DC, 1998); Doctors’ Marriages: A Look at the Problems and Their Solutions (Second Edition, Plenum, New York, 1994); Men and Divorce (Guilford, New York, 1989). His publications also include over 150 articles, book chapters, letters, book reviews and 8 videotapes covering a range of topics: marital therapy, men and reproductive technology, divorce, sexual assault of women and men, AIDS, the stigma of psychiatric illness, gender issues in training and medical practice, the treatment of medical students and physicians, boundary crossing in the doctor-patient relationship, ethics in medical education and suicide.

Regarding editorial experience, Dr Myers has served on the editorial boards of several medical journals, the Editorial Board of American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc. and the Editorial Advisory Board of Psychiatric News, the official newspaper of the American Psychiatric Association.

Dr. Myers has received awards for excellence in teaching from the University of British Columbia, the Dr. Nancy Roeske Award from the American Psychiatric Association, the Distinguished Member Lecture Award and the RO Jones Memorial Lecture Award from the Canadian Psychiatric Association, the Douglas Utting Award from McGill University, the Distinguished Leader in Medicine Award from Dalhousie University, the Award of Excellence from the College of Physicians & Surgeons of British Columbia, Distinguished Educator Award from SUNY Downstate Medical Center and a number of other named lectureships in Canada and the United States. From 1997 - 2000, he served on the Board of Trustees of the American Psychiatric Association and from 2000 – 2001 he was President of the Canadian Psychiatric Association. He is a Distinguished Life Fellow of both the American and Canadian Psychiatric Associations and in 2009, he was elected to Fellowship in the New York Academy of Medicine and the Royal Society of Medicine (UK). In 2016 he received both an Alumni of Distinction Award and the Dean's Distinguished Lecture Award from Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry of Western University in London ON.

Dr. Myers is a specialist in physician health. Until 2008, he served on the Advisory Board of the Center for Physician Health of the Canadian Medical Association and he was the founder and Co-Chair of the Section on Physician Health of the Canadian Psychiatric Association. For many years he served on the Committee on Physician Health, Illness, and Impairment of the American Psychiatric Association and has produced an educational videotape for medical students, physicians, and their families called “Physicians Living With Depression” (American Psychiatric Press Inc., Washington, DC, 1996). His videotape “When Physicians Die By Suicide: Reflections of Those They Leave Behind” won the 1999 APA Psychiatric Services Award. For his advocacy efforts, Dr. Myers received the 2002 CAIR (Canadian Association of Interns and Residents) Resident Well-Being Award. In September 2008, he was awarded a President's Commendation by the Canadian Psychiatric Association for his pioneering work and advocacy in the field of physician mental health. Currently, Dr Myers serves on the Advisory Board to the Committee for Physician Health of the Medical Society of the State of New York. He writes a monthly blog on physician health issues for Psych Congress Network and for Psychology Today.

Along with his continuing clinical research, teaching and outreach in the field of suicide, Dr Myers is the immediate past President of the New York City Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. He also serves on the Clinician Survivor Task Force of the American Association of Suicidology and is a frequent presenter at their annual meetings.

Dr. Myers lectures widely throughout North America and beyond on these subjects.

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Written with Glen O Gabbard, MD, this practial handbook discusses not only common illnesses and problems seen in doctors but also the many biopsychosocial treatments that are indicated.
Written with Carla Fine, author of the best-selling No Time to Say Goodbye: Surviving the Suicide of a Loved One (Broadway Books/ Doubleday 1999).
Intimate Relationships in Medical School is for anyone studying the medical sciences who is married or in a committed relationship.
"Easy to read and full of illuminating insights, How’s Your Marriage is the most helpful home repair kit imaginable.”
--Maggie Scarf, author of Unfinished Business: Pressure Points in the Lives of Women, Intimate Partners: Patterns in Love and Marriage, and Intimate Worlds: Life Inside the Family
A unique book written by a psychiatrist clinician about the intimate relationships of physicians.