Nationally Renowned Psychiatrist to Lead Hackensack Meridian Health’s Mental Health Physician Services

Dr. Gary Small
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Dr. Gary Small

Hackensack Meridian Health has announced that nationally renowned psychiatrist
Gary W. Small, MD, has joined the health care network as its behavioral health physician in chief.

In this newly created position, Small will oversee all professional and administrative activities within the behavioral health care transformation service at Hackensack Meridian Health, as well as serve as chair of psychiatry at Hackensack University Medical Center.

Prior to joining Hackensack Meridian Health, Small was a professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences, Parlow-Solomon professor on aging at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, director of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior, and director of the UCLA Longevity Center.

Small is known nationally and internationally for his public work in promoting the practice of psychiatry and innovative research on brain health and aging.

Small has authored more than 500 scientific publications as well as the international best-seller “The Memory Bible.” Small’s research has been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, London Times, Washington Post, Time Magazine, and Newsweek. He has also appeared as a frequent expert on television, including NBC’s “The Today Show” and on CNN and PBS. Small is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Jack Weinberg Award from the American Psychiatric Association and the senior investigator award from the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry.

Scientific American magazine also named Dr. Small one of the world’s top 50 innovators in science and technology in 2002.

“Gary Small is a superstar among behavioral health care professionals,” said Donald J. Parker, president, behavioral health care transformation services and integrative medicine for the Hackensack Meridian Network, and president, Hackensack Meridian Carrier Clinic. “His arrival further cements Hackensack Meridian as a leading provider of psychiatric care services in our metropolitan region and the nation.”

Among his numerous duties within the network’s behavioral health services, Small will oversee educational programs and training, be responsible for clinical operations of the department, develop and expand research and academic programs, and develop and maintain quality initiatives. He will also lead Hackensack Meridian’s recruiting efforts for physicians within the behavioral health field.

Small started in his new position at Hackensack Meridian Health on November 1.