Stephen M. Strakowski, MD

Stephen M. Strakowski, MD


Stephen M. Strakowski, MD
Associate Vice President, Regional Mental Health
Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry
The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School

Presentation: Bipolar Disorder Update

Dr. Steve Strakowski is the Associate Vice President for Regional Mental Health and Inaugural Chair of the Psychiatry Department at Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin.

He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Notre Dame with a BSE in 1984 and Alpha Omega Alpha from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine with an MD in 1988. He completed his residency training at McLean Hospital/Harvard University School of Medicine in 1992. He then moved to the University of Cincinnati for 24 years before accepting his current position in 2016.

As Founding Chair, Dr. Strakowski is responsible for developing a new psychiatry department as part of the creation of the Dell Medical School. DMS is a unique medical school committed to serving as an innovator and leader developing improved and novel methods of health care delivery in Austin, then Texas, and then the nation, as well as developing cutting-edge areas of research in critical areas. As Chair, Dr. Strakowski leads the development of improved mental health care delivery, research and research strategies to improve access and quality of treatment for people suffering from mental illness in the region. He supervises the academic faculty and serves on DMS leadership teams. He is also guiding the development of a neuroscience institute and expanding UT imaging research. He is Mental Health Service Line Chief for the Seton Family of Hospitals (Ascension Texas).

In addition to the typical components of this job developing clinical, research and educational programs, as the Associate Vice President of the Regional Mental Health, Dr. Strakowski is leading a $15.5 million redesign of the Austin State Hospital.  He is working closely with local state senator Kirk Watson, several other legislators, multiple public and community stakeholders and the Texas Health & Human Services Commission to redesign the care delivery model for our local state hospital and its catchment area (approximately 55 counties). Texas is making significant investments in its mental health infrastructure and has provided strong financial support to transform the care model to move from primarily crisis interventions to a care continuum.

Previously, Dr. Strakowski served as Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer for UC Health, a four-hospital health system affiliated with the University of Cincinnati. He also served a Chair of Psychiatry during which he led the Department from significant financial and structural disarray to one of the stronger departments in the University, and as Senior Associate Dean for Research. He is recognized by Best Doctors, Castle-Connelly, and US News and World Report as one of the nation’s top psychiatrists.

Disclosure: Dr. Starkowski has the following relevant financial relationships, potential or perceived, with commercial or conflicts of interest to disclose:

  • Consultant: Sunovion, Procter & Gamble
  • Contracted Research: Janssen, Otsuka

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