Dr. Francisco Fernandez selected Board officer of national psychiatrist group

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USF Health psychiatrist Francisco Fernandez, MD, was recently selected First Vice President for the Board of Regents of the American College of Psychiatrists.

Dr. Fernandez, chair of the USF Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, was among five Board officers selected at the group’s annual meeting held in February.

The American College of Psychiatrists was founded in 1963 to provide continuing education to its members and to promote the latest advances in the specialty. Membership is limited to 750 practicing psychiatrists who have demonstrated outstanding competence and national recognition in the field of psychiatry.

Dr. Fernandez has been an active member of the College since 1994, including chairing several programs and committees, most recently the Committee on Nominations and Leadership Development.

In addition, Dr. Fernandez was recognized by the College in 2010 when he earned the Bowis Award for advancing psychiatry through service, research, and clinical work.