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Master Clinician: Steve R. Pliszka, MD: Psychopharmacology is More Than Just Prescribing Medication: What Neuroscience Teaches Us About Patient Care
According to Steve R. Pliszka, MD, over the last three decades of his career, psychiatry has become more grounded in neuroscience and evidenced based interventions. How do we utilize these valuable insights in the care of individual patients? As neuroscience elucidates the impact of parenting and environment on the developing brain, how should this impact our interactions with patients? In this Clinical Consultation Breakfast, Dr. Pliszka describes changing practice patterns of the last 30 years, discusses several cases that illustrate the new challenges we face, and tries to anticipate how advances in neuroimaging and genetic will change the practice of clinicians.
Steven R. Pliszka, MD is Chair of the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He has been a faculty member at UTHSCSA since 1986, joining the Department of Psychiatry after completing his general and child adolescent psychiatry residencies at UTHSCSA. Throughout his career he has been involved in a wide range of administrative, research, clinical, and educational activities. Prior to being Chair he served as Chief of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry from 1995-2015. His research has focused on ADHD and related disorders. He has been involved with clinical trials of the most medications used for ADHD. He currently uses functional magnetic imaging to try to understand the mechanisms of action of treatments for ADHD. He has been involved in several projects to integrate mental health services into pediatric primary care. Dr. Pliszka is the author of Neuroscience for the Mental Health Clinician and Treating ADHD and Comorbid Disorders (Guilford Press). He has been very active in the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, authoring AACAP’s practice parameters for the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD in 2007. Dr. Pliszka has an active clinical practice, caring for many children and adolescents with ADHD and other psychiatric disorders; he also serves as the attending psychiatrist for two residential facilities for children with severe behavioral and emotional disorders.