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Vishwajit Nimgaonkar, MD, PhD

  • Associate professor of psychiatry and human genetics at the University of Pittsburgh
  • Attending psychiatrist at UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital
  • Medical director of the Long-Term Structured Residential Unit at UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital

Vishwajit Nimgaonkar, MD, PhD, is a Professor of Psychiatry and Human Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh where he directs the Program in Genetics and Psychoses. His research is focused on the causation of severe psychiatric illnesses, including genetic and environmental factors. With funds from the National Institute of Health, Dr. Nimgaonkar oversees research projects in the United States, India and Egypt.

Dr. Nimgaonkar received his medical qualifications (MBBS) from the University of Madras and his PhD (DPhil) from the University of Oxford, UK. His clinical training includes residencies at the Maudsley Hospital, London, UK, and at UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital, Pittsburgh.

Dr. Nimgaonkar’s post-doctoral work includes a fellowship in Molecular Biology at the University of London, UK followed by training in Human Genetics at Pittsburgh. He is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology.

Dr. Nimgaonkar has received several honors, including a Rhodes scholarship, the Sir Dennis Hill Prize from the Institute of Psychiatry, London, the NIMH Independent Scientist Award, the Harry Levin Award for Clinical Excellence from UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital and an Outstanding Mentorship Award from the Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He serves on the editorial board of several psychiatric journals and is a member of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology.