Maria Oquendo, MD, PhD

Chair of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Professor Emerita, Columbia Irving Medical Center


Maria A. Oquendo, M.D. is Professor Emerita at Columbia University. She was previously Ruth Meltzer Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University and Vice Chair for Education and Director of Residency Training at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. She is currently Chair of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.

Dr. Oquendo's areas of expertise include the diagnosis, pharmacologic treatment and neurobiology of Bipolar Disorder and Major Depression, with a special focus on suicidal behavior as well as cross-cultural psychiatry. She graduated summa cum laude from Tufts University in 1980 and received her M.D. from the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University in 1984.