Stephen L. Stern
Stephen L. Stern was born in New York City in 1946. After receiving his B.A. degree (cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) in 1967 from Columbia University and his M.D. degree in 1971 from New York University, he completed an internship in psychiatry and medicine at Philadelphia General Hospital in 1972 and a residency in psychiatry at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia Veterans Administration Medical Center in 1975. Subsequently, he served as a Psychiatrist in the United States Air Force and as a Faculty Member in the Departments of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania and The Ohio State University, where he was Founder and Director of a mood disorders clinic. Since 1997, he has been Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and Staff Psychiatrist in the South Texas Veterans Health Care System, where he currently serves as the Psychiatrist for the Hepatology and Immunosuppression (HIV) Clinics. His current areas of research interest include the interface between psychiatric disorders, especially depression, and general medical illness; and the role of companion animals in the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder. He has received certification in psychosomatic medicine from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.