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VOL. 126 | NO. 155 | Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Haykal Recognized For Work in Psychiatry

By Taylor Shoptaw

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Dr. Radwan Faysal Haykal, director of the Bipolar Spectrum Program at Lakeside Behavioral Health System and clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has been inducted as a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.


(Photo: Lance Murphey)

Hometown: Aleppo, Syria

Education: Pre-college years at Marist Brothers, a French school in Aleppo; B.Sc. and M.D. from the American University of Beirut; completed residency in psychiatry at the University of Tennessee, Memphis; certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Family: Wife, Suzanne, and sons, Faris and Zane.

Favorite quote: “Research is seeing what everybody else has seen and thinking what nobody else has thought.” – Albert Szent-Györgi, Hungarian-born biochemist

Favorite music: I love international music, especially Arabic, Greek and French songs, as well as the rock and roll classics of the 1950s and 1960s.

Activities you enjoy outside of work: Table tennis, cards, crossword puzzles and attending Tigers basketball games

Why did you pursue a career in psychiatry? Psychiatry is a specialty that combines medical, psychological and social sciences. This unique hybrid appealed to me because I am a people person and I am fascinated by human behavior. I continue to be amazed by new treatments for mental illness and by the overall scientific growth of this field.

What originally drew you to Lakeside Behavioral Health System? I value the collegiality with other psychiatrists and mental health professionals, and I appreciate working in a system where my opinion matters.

What does it mean to you to be inducted as a Distinguished Fellow of the APA? It is a wonderful honor to know that I have earned the respect and appreciation of my peers.

What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishments? My research on dysthymia (chronic depression) and bipolar disorder. Also, my promotion last year to clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

What do you find most rewarding about your work? Observing my patients’ progress and seeing the impact our work has on them and their families. No award or distinction is more meaningful to me than the cards and letters of thanks I receive from my patients.

I also enjoy speaking at conferences in front of enthusiastic audiences, and I have had the privilege of lecturing nationally and overseas.

Charlotte Henderson has been promoted to tax manager at Reynolds, Bone & Griesbeck PLC, Certified Public Accountants and Advisors. Joseph Callicutt has been promoted to audit manager. Charles Bennett has been promoted to audit senior. Tim Ellis has become licensed as a certified public accountant.

Dr. Jason Mullenix has joined the medical staff of Memphis Obstetrics and Gynecological Association PC. Mullenix comes to MOGA after six years with a two-physician OB/GYN practice in Lawrenceburg, Tenn. He delivered babies and performed surgeries at local hospitals in Lawrenceburg and Pulaski, Tenn.





Shelley Thomas and Alfred Garrett have joined Literacy Mid-South. Thomas joins as adult program coordinator. Garrett joins as adult program manager.

Walter Grant, Hamp Holcomb, Gary Frazier and Frederick C. Schaeffer Jr. of Strategic Financial Partners have earned New England Financial’s master’s level recognition, an honor bestowed to a select set of New England Financial’s top advisers, specifically those who exemplify the highest standards of personal integrity, professionalism and customer service across the country.

Joanne Cunningham has been named director of patient and family centered care at Methodist University Hospital. Cunningham was the first volunteer chairman of the Le Bonheur Family Partners Council, a group of volunteers who have had patient experiences. The council guides the hospital’s improvement processes, provides advice on how to improve clinical care and helps define patient- and family-centered care.

N. Tyler Darby has joined the Blount Law Firm as an associate.

The Memphis and Bartlett campuses of the National College of Business and Technology have been honored by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools as Honor Roll Institutions.

Jim Boncosky has joined Diamond International of Memphis. Boncosky will manage the dealership’s truck salespeople and will be responsible for all new truck sales in the Memphis market area.

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