HOUSTON (July 15, 2013)DePelchin Children’s Center is proud to announce that Oscar G. Bukstein, M.D., M.P.H., will assume the newly created role of Medical Director beginning July 15, 2013. In this capacity, he will oversee DePelchin’s mental health services, including psychiatric services, psychological testing and counseling, in an integrated service model.

“The newly created Medical Director position at DePelchin furthers our commitment to being a leading resource in Houston for children’s mental health services,” said Jenifer Jarriel, DePelchin President and CEO. “Dr. Bukstein’s clinical background and operations expertise will provide the vision and leadership not only for our clinical services but also our teaching and research initiatives. We are thrilled to have him join DePelchin.”   

Dr. Bukstein brings more than 25 years of practice experience to DePelchin with particular clinical and research expertise in treating youths with mental health problems. Most recently he served as Professor of Psychiatry and Chief of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at The University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston (UTHSC-H). He has either authored or co-authored more than 120 papers, chapters and books and has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institute on Child Health and Human Development. In addition to his academic and clinical roles, Dr. Bukstein has developed strong administrative skills with broad experience in both clinical and research program development and management. 

“I am honored to be joining DePelchin as the first Medical Director for the organization as we collectively share a passion for children’s mental health and supporting families struggling with these issues,” said Dr. Bukstein. “There is a critical need in our community for mental health services and I look forward to continuing to strengthen and expand DePelchin’s role in this area now and in the future.”

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