Joseph Flaherty

Dr. Joseph Flaherty is the dean at Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM).

Prior to joining RUSM, Flaherty was dean of the University of Illinois College of Medicine (UIC), the nation’s largest medical school, for more than six years. Before accepting the lead position at the college, Flaherty was head of the Department of Psychiatry at UIC. A medical faculty member, clinician and researcher since 1975, he received his undergraduate degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine’s Chicago campus, where he also completed an internship in pediatrics and a residency in psychiatry. He received additional research training in social psychiatry at UIC and in sociology at London University.

A professor of psychiatry, Flaherty has more than 25 years of National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding in the areas of gender, depression and alcoholism. He has been funded by many private foundations for a variety of work ranging from the psychobiology of depression to the mental health of immigrants in central and South America, Russia and Israel. His clinical work has focused on major psychiatric disorders and impaired physicians. He has published more than 200 professional papers, books and chapters. He is a distinguished fellow in the American Psychiatric Association and a fellow of the American College of Psychiatry and has served on a many national and international committees, including those of the World Health Organization, Institute of Medicine of the National Academies and the NIH. He has been selected for a number of “Best Doctor” lists including Castle Connolly’s "America's Top Doctors.


University of Illinois, Urbana, Psychology
University of Illinois, College of Medicine (MD)
University of Illinois Hospital, Pediatrics (Internship)
University of Illinois Hospital, Psychiatry (Residency)

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