Richard Balon, MD, is Professor of Psychiatry at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan. He graduated from the Medical School of Charles University in Prague, Czechoslovakia. Dr. Balon completed his first residency in psychiatry at the Psychiatric Research Institute (now the Psychiatric Center Prague) in Prague and his second at Lafayette Clinic and Wayne State University. He is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Inc. (ABPN) and is certified in clinical psychopharmacology by the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology.
After finishing his residency at Lafayette Clinic, Dr. Balon joined the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at Wayne State University, where he quickly rose to the rank of Professor. He currently directs the Master of Science in Psychiatry program. This program is designed to train residents, medical students, and fellows in clinical and basic science research. Dr. Balon also heads one of the Wayne State University outpatient facilities. The primary role of this facility is the fraining of residents, medical students, and other trainees in outpatient psychiatry.
Dr. Balon's interest and involvement in clinical psychopharmacology began during his framing in Prague, where he participated in various investigational drug trials. He was also one of the investigators who participated in a World Health Organization study on determinants of outcome of severe mental disorders. His interest in clinical research has continued throughout his career. Dr. Balon has been involved in studies on the biology of anxiety (lactate and isoproterenol infusions in panic disorder), psychoneuroendocrinology, and heart rate variability in different mental disorders and conditions, as well as investigational drug studies. During the past decade, he has also become interested in various aspects of human sexuality and sexual dysfunction associated with different psychotropic medications.
Besides being involved in clinical research, Dr. Balon has gradually become more involved in psychiatric education. He was Director of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry. Dr. Balon has been an examiner of Part ? and the chief proctor of Part I of the ABPN examination in Detroit. Dr. Balon is a member of the USMLE Part ? Psychiatry Committee and the American College of Psychiatrists PRITE Editorial Board. Dr. Balon chaired the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Task Force to Facilitate Communication Between the APA and the ABPN. His dedication to education and his teaching skills have been recognized in the form of several teaching awards from residents and by the APA's First Annual Nancy CA Roeske Certificate for Excellence in Medical Student Education. In addition, Dr. Balon received the APA's George Tarjan Award in 1998, the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology's Travel Fellowship Award in 1987, and the Association for Academic Psychiatry's Region VI Teacher of the Year Award in 1999. He received a silver medal from the Third Medical Faculty of Charles University in 1998.
Dr. Balon has been active in various professional organizations, such as the APA, the American Medical Association, the American College of Psychiatrists, and the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology. He has served as Vice Chairperson of the APA Scientific Program Committee and Chair of the APA Committee on LMGs. He was President of the Michigan Psychiatric Society and serves on the National Board of Trustees of the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology.
Dr. Balon has lectured nationally and internationally on the topics of clinical psychopharmacology, sexual dysfunction, and psychiatric education. He has published widely in various psychiatric journals, has authored or coauthored more than 280 publications, and has edited 3 books. Dr. Balon serves on the editorial boards of several journals, is book review editor for the Annals of Clinical Psychiatry, and is editor of the International Psychiatrist Newsletter.