Dr. Layton McCurdy is Dean Emeritus of the College of Medicine and Distinguished University Professor. Dr. McCurdy is widely known and respected as an ambassador for the field of medicine, for academic scholarship and for compassionate patient care. He has played many prominent roles in national bodies including The American Psychiatric Association, The American College of Psychiatrists, and the AAMC.
Dr. McCurdy is a native South Carolinian who obtained his MD at MUSC. He trained at the University of North Carolina (UNC) and then had positions at the National Institute of Mental Health and at Emory University. In 1968 he returned to MUSC as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, a position he held for over fourteen years.
During Dr. McCurdy's tenure, the Department grew to national prominence. In 1983, he assumed the role as Director of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, later becoming President of the organization. He was also President of the American College of Psychiatrists, the Association of Academic Psychiatry, and the American Association of Chairmen of Departments of Psychiatry.
He played a major role in crafting the fourth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM IV). McCurdy returned to MUSC in 1990 as Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the College of Medicine. During his time at the helm, the College of Medicine experienced significant research growth, and new prominence in numerous academic programs.