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Psychiatry Chair Announced for UT Tyler School of Medicine 

 TYLER (February 6, 2023) – Cheryl McCullumsmith, MD, PhD, has been appointed as the Robert M. Rogers Distinguished University Professor and Founding Chair for The Robert M. Rogers Department of Psychiatry at The University of Texas at Tyler School of Medicine, beginning June 2023. 


“We welcome Dr. McCullumsmith to UT Tyler, and with her expertise and experience in psychiatry and neuroscience, we look forward to the valuable contributions she will bring to the School of Medicine,” said President Kirk A. Calhoun, MD, FACP. 


McCullumsmith is an accomplished professional in the field of psychiatry and is board certified in psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine. She is passionate about holistic medical treatments and evidence-based behavioral health interventions. Currently, she is psychiatry chair at the University of Toledo, chief medical officer for value based care for the University of Toledo Physicians and lead of the statewide Ohio Behavioral Health Taskforce. 


“Her leadership in this position will not only strengthen the department but also the institution as a whole by providing a strong, visionary leader to guide its efforts in the field of psychiatry and behavioral health,” said Dr. Brigham Willis, MD, MEd, FAAP, dean of the UT Tyler School of Medicine. 


In July 2022, the Robert M. Rogers Foundation made a generous gift of $10 million, and in recognition of that gift, the School of Medicine named the psychiatry department “The Robert M. Rogers Department of Psychiatry.” The combination of this gift and Dr. McCullumsmith’s leadership will enable the School of Medicine to develop students into skilled psychiatry practitioners. 


McCullumsmith is a member of well-known health care organizations such as the American Psychiatry Association, the American Medical Association and the American College of Psychiatrists. She has also received awards from the University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health and Association of Women Psychiatrists. 


McCullumsmith obtained a Bachelor of Science in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a PhD in neuroscience from the University of Michigan and an MD with research honors from the University of Michigan. 


“I am so excited for the opportunity to serve as the inaugural chair of psychiatry for the UT Tyler School of Medicine,” said McCullumsmith. “Together, we are going to make East Texas the national model for integrated, person-centered psychiatric education and treatment.”

With a mission to improve educational and health care outcomes for East Texas and beyond, UT Tyler offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs to 10,000 students. UT Tyler recently merged with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler (now known as UT Tyler Health Science Center). Through its alignment with UT Tyler Health Science Center (HSC) and UT Health East Texas, UT Tyler has unified these entities to serve Texas with quality education, cutting-edge research and excellent patient care. Classified by Carnegie as a doctoral research institution and by U.S. News & World Report as a national university, UT Tyler has campuses in Tyler, Longview, Palestine and Houston.

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