Herzl R. Spiro, MD, PhD

Title: Psychiatrist
Company: Outreach Community Health Clinic
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

Herzl R. Spiro, MD, PhD, Psychiatrist at Outreach Community Health Clinic, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in psychiatry.

Inspired by his father, who was a famous rabbi during the Holocaust, Dr. Spiro has strived to give back to the Jewish community through his work as a psychiatrist. Matriculating at the University of Vermont, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in government, with minors in history and literature, in 1955 and a Doctor of Medicine in 1960. From there, he completed an internship at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center in 1961 and a psychiatry residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1964. At the start of his career, Dr. Spiro served the John Hopkins School of Medicine as an instructor to associate professor of psychiatry, as well as a lecturer in mental hygiene to its School of Hygiene and Public Health until 1971. From there, until 1975, he was a director at Rutgers Mental Health Center, an adjunct professor of psychology at Rutgers University Graduate School of Psychology and a professor of psychiatry and community medicine at Rutgers Medical School.

In 1975, Dr. Spiro achieved a Doctor of Philosophy in psychology from Rutgers University. From 1975 to 1981, he excelled as the director of mental health for the Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex while also serving as president of the medical staff at Milwaukee Psychiatric Hospital from 1975 to 1982. Returning to the educational sector, Dr. Spiro also served the Medical College of Wisconsin as professor and chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health Services from 1975 to 1982, as well as distinguished professor of research psychiatry until 1983. Likewise, he had been a professor of psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for 11 years until 1999. Dr. Spiro has also worked for the Columbia Hospital and Milwaukee Psychiatric Hospital between 1983 and 1988 and in outpatient and civil forensic court cases from 1999 to 2007. More recently in his career, he worked for the Aurora Sinai Medical Center from 2007 to 2020.

Since 1999, Dr. Spiro has held the honorable title of professor and chair emeritus of psychiatry and psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Medical College of Wisconsin, respectively. In addition, since 2020, he has worked with Outreach Community Health Clinic for the homeless. A fellow emeritus of the American College of Psychiatry, Dr. Spiro has earned numerous accolades throughout his career trajectory. Notably, he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Vermont Medical School, Antonin Boisen Award in Psychiatry and Religion and Woodbury Prize from the Lamb Foundation, among others. Dr. Spiro attributes his success to Dr. Jerome Frank, the founder of group therapy, who was one of his greatest mentors and influence that he had the opportunity to work under. With this sentiment, he believes that a collective effort of the works of others has allowed him to be successful in his career.

Dr. Spiro currently holds membership with Phi Beta Kappa. Congruent to his medical endeavors, he is the author of the 2020 work, “Of Hope: A Memoir.” Dr. Spiro hopes that he has been a great torchbearer for the field and in the coming years plan to pass it along to the future practitioners in the field. As he does not plan to retire, he aims to continue working hard for the people of the inner city, such as the Community Mental Health Program who lost their funding in the 1980s and others who would benefit from grant funding.

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