UPDATED: Dr. Guerrero first U.S. medical school psychiatry chair of Filipino ancestry

Dr. Anthony Paul Sison Guerrero has been named Psychiatry Chair at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM). He becomes the first chair of psychiatry of Filipino ancestry at a U.S. medical school.

Dr. Guerrero, a JABSOM alumnus, has served as interim Chair of Psychiatry since 2012, while continuing in his roles as Director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Division and Residency Training Program. In addition to his medical degree from JABSOM, he is a graduate of Saint Louis High School, the University of Hawai`i Mānoa and the University of Hawai`i Residency Program.

“After more than years with the department, Dr. Guerrero is notably qualified as the next Chair,” said Dr. Jerris Hedges, JABSOM Dean. “Dr. Guerrero began his career in 1999 as a psychiatrist in our State-University Collaboration on Lāna`i, solidifying his commitment to public psychiatry and the severely mentally ill of all ages,” said Dean Hedges. Dr. Guerrero went on to serve as our Director of Medical Student Education and Clerkship Director.

Dr. Tony Guerrero, Chair of Psychiatry

Dr. Tony Guerrero, Chair of Psychiatry

In 2003, Dr. Guerrero became the founding leader of the Kapi`olani Behavioral Health Service, which has since grown into a comprehensive child and adult consultation-liaison program based at Kapi`olani Medical Center for Women and Children.

Dr. Guerrero was appointed Associate Chair of Education and Child & Adolescent Division Director in 2004, where he oversaw the work of our undergraduate, Graduate Medical Education and Continuing Medical Education programs. Under his leadership, the Child and Adolescent Division remains one of the strongest components in the department.

Guerrero became the Psychiatry Department’s Executive Associate Chair in 2011. He led the effort to develop and initiate a new model* of faculty assignment and development, which will define and advance the next phase of growth for the department.

Dr. Guerrero also holds leadership roles among several psychiatry associations around the world. He has also published 27 peer-reviewed journal articles, 15 chapters in major textbooks and edited a seminal textbook on Problem-Based Behavioral Science and Psychiatry.

In addition to his impressive record, Dr. Guerrero among the youngest graduates to complete medical school at UH (he was 22 when he received his MD degree) and he was the first graduate of Hawai`i’s Triple Board (pediatrics, psychiatry and child/adolescent psychiatry) Residency Program.

Guerrero succeeds previous Psychiatry Chair, Dr. Naleen Andrade, who currently serves as the Designated Institutional Official for all of JABSOMʻs Graduate Medical Education programs. Former Chairs of the Psychiatry Department also include Walter Char and John F. McDermott. All four psychiatry chairs are pictured.

We invite you to read a fascinating cover story about Dr. Guerrero featured in the Hawai`i Fillipino Chronicle at HAWAI`I FILIPINO CHRONICLE.

(*C.A.R.T.S. = Clinical, Administrative, Research/Scholarly Development, Teaching, and Service model.)






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