Distinguished Alumnus Award Robert N. Golden, MD Class of 1979

UWSMPH Dean Dr. Robert Golden











Dr. Golden is the Dean of the School of Medicine and Public Health and Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is also the Robert Turell Professor in Medical Leadership and Professor of Psychiatry.

Having received his bachelor of arts cum laude with honors in psychology from Yale, he completed an internship, residency, and chief residency in psychiatry at the University of North Carolina.  He served as a Medical Staff Fellow in the Clinical Pharmacology Section of the National Institute of Mental Health Intramural Research Program.

Upon returning to UNC-Chapel Hill, he served as the founding Director of both the Clinical Psychobiology & Pharmacology Research Training Program and the ECT Service, and as Associate Director of both the General Clinical Research Center and the Mental Health Clinical Research Center.  Before becoming the 9th Dean of the School of Medicine and Public Health, he served as Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at UNC School of Medicine and Vice Dean for the School of Medicine.

Dr. Golden’s research and clinical interests are focused on psychobiological and psychopharmacologic aspects of mood and anxiety disorders.  He has published more than 200 papers, chapters, and books, and more than 190 research abstracts.  He has served on several editorial boards, review panels, and advisory committees, was Field Editor for Clinical Psychobiology for Neuropsychopharmacology, and is currently Associate Editor for Psychosomatic Medicine.  He has served on the Board of Regents of the American College of Psychiatrists, and is currently a Director of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

His honors include selection as a Ginsburg Fellow of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry, a Laughlin Fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists, a Jefferson Pilot Fellow in Academic Medicine, the 1993 recipient of the Eugene Hargrove Mental Health Research Award, listing in The Best Doctors in America, designation as “Teacher of the Year” by the UNC psychiatry residents on four occasions, recipient of the 2003 Mood Disorders Research Award from the American College of Psychiatrists, appointment as the inaugural Stuart Bondurant Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and recipient of the 2010 Distinguished Medical Alumnus Award from the UNC School of Medicine.

Currently he is Chair of the Board of the UW Medical Foundation, an academic group practice comprised of more than 1,100 physicians, and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Authority Board of UW Hospital and Clinics.

He resides in Madison Wisconsin with his four children and wife, Shannon Kenney M.D., who is the Wattawa Bascom Professor of Cancer Research in the Departments of Oncology and Medicine.