Marc Agronin, MD
A 2011 feature article in the New York Times described Marc Agronin, MD as "a rare breed even in Florida, which has the highest proportion of people older than 65." This award-winning doctor and author is one of only 17 board-certified geriatric psychiatrists in all of Florida. The wealth of knowledge and experience is recorded in his acclaimed book "How We Age: A Doctor's Journey into the Heart of Growing Old," a book that the Economist magazine praised as optimistic, heartwarming and even mystical. Dr. Agronin's work and perspective on aging have been featured on numerous shows including NBC's Today Show and National Public Radio's "Talk of the Nation. Dr. Agronin brings his warmth, wisdom and sense of humanity to his talks on what it means to grow old and how we all have unimaginable potential not in spite of age, but because of it.
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Marc E. Agronin, MD is a board-certified adult and geriatric psychiatrist who has served since 1999 as the Medical Director for Mental Health and Clinical Research at the Miami Jewish Health Systems (MJHS), Florida's largest long-term care institution. He is also an Affiliate Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He is a graduate of Harvard University with a degree in psychology and philosophy summa cum laude, and received his medical degree from the Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Agronin trained in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School (McLean Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital) and later completed a fellowship in geriatric psychiatry at the VA Medical Center in Minneapolis, MN.
Dr. Agronin is a nationally recognized expert in psychiatric illnesses in the elderly, and in 2008 was named the "Clinician of the Year" by the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, awarded annually to one of its members who has demonstrated a "profound commitment to the field of clinical geriatric psychiatry by providing, promoting and assuring access to quality mental health care for older adults." In 2011, Dr. Agronin was elected as a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association - the highest honor conferred to its members.
In addition to his new book entitled How We Age: A Doctor's Journey into the Heart of Growing Old, he has published articles in the New York Times and Scientific American Mind. He has also authored several books including Therapy with Older Clients: Key Strategies for Success (2010), Alzheimer Disease and Other Dementias: A Practical Guide, 2nd Edition (2008), and is the co-editor of the textbook Principles and Practice of Geriatric Psychiatry (2006). He has published chapters on psychiatric illness in most major psychiatry textbooks, including a chapter on sexuality co-authored with the noted TV and radio personality Dr. Ruth Westheimer.