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U-M Department of Psychiatry Alumni

Here we profile just a few of our many accomplished alumni. Please email us to stay in touch with the department and fellow psychiatry alums, or to suggest individuals to feature in future profiles!

Elissa Benedek, M.D.

Elissa Benedek’s (M.D. ‘60, Residency ‘62, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship ‘64) career in psychiatry has spanned nearly 50 years, and she has no plans for slowing down any time soon.

Alvin Michaels, M.D.

Alvin Michaels, M.D.

Alvin Michaels, M.D. (B.S. ’56, M.D. 60’, Psychiatry Residency 67’) in many ways, Dr. Alvin “Al” Michaels’ professional life is even more active today than when he began his career in psychiatry nearly 50 years ago.

Alvin Michaels, M.D.

Karen L. Pierce, M.D.

Karen L. Pierce, M.D. (M.D ‘1978, Residency ‘1981, Fellowship ‘1983) fell in love with psychiatry as she learned about the complexities of the brain.

Karen L. Pierce, M.D.

Jack C. Westman, M.D.

Jack C. Westman (B.S. ’49, M.D. ’52, M.S. in Psychiatry, ’59) is professor emeritus of psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and president of Wisconsin Cares, Inc., an interdisciplinary organization that promotes public policies that enhance the wellbeing of childrearing families.

Jack C. Westman, M.D.