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Dilip V. Jeste, M.D. is the Estelle and Edgar Levi Chair in Aging, Director of the Sam and Rose Stein Institute for Research on Aging, and Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Neurosciences, at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He is also the Director of the Advanced Center for Interventions and Services Research at UCSD, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), and the John A. Hartford Center of Excellence in Geriatric Psychiatry.

Dr. Jeste obtained his medical education in Poona, and psychiatry training in Bombay, India.  In the USA, he completed psychiatry residency at Cornell University, and Neurology residency at George Washington University. He was a research fellow, and later, Chief of the Units on Movement Disorders and Dementias at NIMH before joining UCSD.

Dr. Jeste has been Principal Investigator on a number of research and training grants. He has published 11 books, and over 550 articles in peer-reviewed journals and more than 125 invited book chapters.  He is:

  • Past President of the American Psychiatric Association (APA)
  • Past President of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP)
  • Past President of the West Coast College of Biological Psychiatry
  • Founding President of the International College of Geriatric Psychoneuropharmacology

Dr. Jeste is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, and was a member of the National Mental Health Advisory Council and the NIH Council of Councils. He is Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.

He has been listed in “The Best Doctors in America” and has been in the Institute of Scientific Information list of the “world's most cited authors”--comprising less than 0.5% percent of all publishing researchers of the previous two decades.

Dr. Jeste has received many awards including:

  • The A.E. Bennett Neuropsychiatric Research Award from the Society of Biological Psychiatry
  • MERIT Award from the NIMH
  • Commendation for Dedicated Service from the American Legion, Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Commission
  • C. Charles Burlingame Award from the Institute of Living, Hartford
  • The Award for Research in Psychiatry
  • The Jack Weinberg Memorial Award in Geriatric Psychiatry
  • The George Tarjan Award
  • Two Distinguished Lecturer Awards from the APA
  • Life-Time Service Award from the American College of International Physicians
  • Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • Asian Heritage Award for Excellence in Science, Technology, and Research
  • Distinguished Investigator Award from the National Alliance for Research in Schizophrenia and Affective Disorders

Additionally, he has received awards from the American College of Psychiatrists, International Psychogeriatric Association, Universities of Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, and Maryland, and from Weill Cornell Medical College, Beth Israel Hospital, NY, and Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia.