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November 2006 Issue

Stanley Kaplan, MD, recently gave a $2.5 million gift to the psychiatry department through his Dr. Stanley and Mickey Kaplan Foundation
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Psychiatry Department Receives $2.5 Million Gift

Published November 2006

The Academic Health Center has received a $2.5 million gift from the Dr. Stanley and Mickey Kaplan Foundation to support the department of psychiatry and establish the Dr. Stanley and Mickey Kaplan Endowed Chair in Psychiatry. The chair will be awarded to the chairman of the psychiatry department.


“The field of psychiatry is ever changing, and this gift will be instrumental in helping us nurture all that is best in our existing traditions and in future therapeutic developments,” says David Stern, MD, College of Medicine dean. “We are extremely proud that the chairman of our psychiatry department will now be known as the Dr. Stanley and Mickey Kaplan Chair.”


Stanley Kaplan, MD, is an alumnus of the College of Medicine and completed his residency training at UC. He is a former professor and interim chair of psychiatry and currently serves as an emeritus professor.


In 1991 Kaplan established the national Stanley M. Kaplan Essay Contest to encourage improved writing and research skills among medical students. During his career at UC, Kaplan was also involved in research. He is published widely for his work on a range of topics in psychiatry—particularly for studies in psychosomatic medicine.


“I am proud to be part of what was and still is one of the finest departments of psychiatry in the country,” says Kaplan. “I was fortunate to serve on the faculty of one of the first psychiatry departments that encouraged interest not only in psychiatry, but also in the arts and humanities.”


A strong supporter of the arts, Kaplan in 2003 established the Kaplan Prize in honor of his late wife, Mickey Jarson Kaplan. The prize is awarded annually to support a new play production at the Playhouse in the Park. The Kaplan Foundation also supported the naming of the new dance studio at the Cincinnati Ballet in honor of Mickey.

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