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Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Psychiatry Grand Rounds Speaker


        Robert J. Malcolm, MD and Patrick M. O'Neil, PhD


Robert J. Malcolm, MD

Robert Malcolm, M.D., is Professor of Psychiatry, Family Medicine and Pediatrics, and Associate Dean for Continuing Medical Education at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), Charleston, SC.  He is Director, Bio-Behavioral Medicine, Institute of Psychiatry, MUSC.

Dr. Malcolm received his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina and completed a residency in psychiatry at Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, CA. While at Stanford University, he studied Sleep Disorders with Dr. William Dement.  Dr. Malcolm was the cofounder of the first sleep lab at MUSC.  He is board certified in Psychiatry and Neurology with a certified subspecialty area of substance abuse.  Dr. Malcolm is  board certified in Family Medicine (recertified December, 2009).  Dr. Malcolm practiced primary care Family Medicine for 10 years.  Dr. Malcolm served 25 years as a military reserve physician, 15 of them as a USAF-R flight surgeon.

His practice is now in general psychiatry and addictions.

Dr. Malcolm’s research has focused on medication development for addiction treatment and the pharmacologic management of illicit drug withdrawal syndromes. He has current research grants from the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse. He  served as a member for 6 years on  the NIH/NIDA Treatment Research Committee.

Dr. Malcolm has authored or coauthored over 200 publications including book chapters, abstracts, and peer reviewed articles published in journals such as the American Journal of Psychiatry, Biological Psychiatry, the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, and the American Journal on Addictions/American Academy of Psychiatrists on Alcoholism and Addiction and Science.

Patrick Mahlen O’Neil, PhD

Pat O’Neil is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina, where he is Director of the Weight Management Center.  He received his B.S. in Economics from Louisiana State University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Georgia.  O’Neil has been professionally involved in obesity since 1977 in numerous clinical, teaching, research and public education roles.  He directs a long-standing multi-disciplinary weight management center offering services for people of all degrees overweight.  His teaching activities include supervision of psychology interns on clinical rotations in the Center, lectures to medical students, residents, and other trainee groups, and invited continuing education lectures to physician and other practitioner audiences.  He is and has been principal investigator for a number of externally funded clinical trials of weight-loss agents.  He is the author of more than 100 professional publications, chapters, and presentations, primarily concerning psychological, behavioral and other clinical aspects of obesity and its management.  From 1987 to 1996, he authored Weighing the Choices, a weekly column on weight control in the Charleston, SC, Sunday Post and Courier.

O’Neil is an Associate Editor of the journal Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases and a member of the Editorial Boards of the journals Obesity (formerly Obesity Research), Eating Behaviors and International Journal of Obesity.  He is a longstanding active member of The Obesity Society (formerly NAASO), presently serving as President-Elect after a term on Council.  Previously, he was Editor of the NAASO web site, Program Chair for the NAASO 1999 annual meeting in Charleston, a member of the Publications committee and a member of the NIH/NAASO Ad Hoc Committee for Development of The Practical Guide for the Identification, Evaluation, and treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults.   He is a former member of the Committee on Military Nutrition Research of the Institute of Medicine.  Also, he is former Chair of the Obesity and Eating Disorders Special Interest Group of the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy.

Closer to home, O’Neil is a member of the Scientific Council of the South Carolina Nutrition Research Consortium.  He participated as a member of a statewide committee that developed the Report on the Impact of Obesity on Health in South Carolina, in response to a mandate by the state General Assembly.  He is also a former member and Chair of the South Carolina Board of Examiners in Psychology, and Past President of the South Carolina Academy of Professional Psychologists.  Since 2001, he has been a member of Town Council of the Town of Sullivan’s Island, and before that was a member and Chair of the Town’s Planning Commission.

       At the completion of this session, the participant will be able to:
       1.  Reference NIH guidelines on meds and dosages approved for obesity.
2.  List 3 classes of meds that cause weight gain.
3.  Describe recent trends in the prevalence of obesity among US adults and children.
4.  State the amount of weight loss needed for a likely improvement in co-morbid health problems.
5.  Describe the two primary modes of action of obesity medications that are currently approved by the FDA.

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