Mark S. Gold, MD
Dr. Gold is the Donald Dizney Eminent Scholar, Distinguished Professor and Chair of Psychiatry. Recently, he has also been selected as the University of Florida’s Distinguished Alumni Professor. This position is two year, University – wide leadership position. Prior to assuming the position as Chair he was a Distinguished Service Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry, Neuroscience, Anesthesiology, and Community Health & Family Medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine located in Gainesville, Florida. He is also a member of the McKnight Brain Institute and a Founder of the U.F. Center for Alcohol and Drug Research and Education (CARE). Dr Gold is a teacher of the year, researcher and inventor who has worked for nearly 40 years to develop models for understanding the effects of tobacco, cocaine , and other drugs and also food on the brain and behavior. Dr. Gold has developed translational research models which have led to new treatments for addicts and also conceptualized hypotheses which were more than novel but also yielded new approaches to treat patients. He has been recognized many times for his innovations and also as an inventor.
Dr. Gold was the first Faculty in the Division of Addiction Medicine and Chief of the Addiction Medicine Division. Under his leadership, the Division of Addiction Medicine at the University of Florida has grown from Dr. Gold in 1990 to one of the largest and best known translational research – to- new treatment programs in the world with over 30 academic Faculty and National Institute of Health (NIH), National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcohol (NIAAA), National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and other funded researchers in second hand exposure models, self-administration, functional brain imaging, public health, impaired professionals, genomics, proteomics, and nanotechnology. The entire Department of Psychiatry , with its 80 full-time academic Faculty is one of the largest and most diverse academic Departments in the USA.