Donald M. Hilty, M.D., is a scholar and leader in psychiatric and medical education, mood disorders, health services, and telemedicine. He is Professor and Vice-Chair of Education, Director of Medical Student Education, and Director of Telepsychiatry and Distance Education at the Keck School of Medicine at USC and Los Angeles County. As the Vice-Chair of Education he oversees the Department’s Fellowships, the General Program and Medical Student Education. Current educational interests include learning/teaching styles, interdisciplinary collaboration, and culture and diversity curricular. He founded a five-year MD/MPH Rural Program in Medical Education, with requisite admissions, curricular, policy and telemedicine components. His current research involves telepsychiatric models of care and education to primary care; 15 grants and 4 contracts and currently an AHRQ RCT comparing synchronous and asynchronous telepsychiatry.
Dr. Hilty’s specific scholarship extends significantly into publishing, faculty development and CME. He serves as Editor of two journals (Journal of Technology in Behavioral Sciences; and Psychology and Cognitive Science) and on several Editorial Boards (Academic Psychiatry, Focus and the Journal of Psychiatry, Depression & Anxiety). He developed the psychiatry part of NEJM Knowledge+. He has authored over 180 articles and chapters as well as 3 books – including a new book in press entitled Key Issues in e-Mental Health by Springer Publishing. He has overseen faculty development initiatives for the Association for Academic Psychiatry (AAP) and American Association of Directors of Medical Student Education, led the scientific programs for the AAMC Western Group of Medical Educators in 2010, and chaired/vice-chaired the American Psychiatric Association (APA) 2006-11. He is a lead member of the APA-IOM Guideline Writing Group and the American Telemedicine Association’s Child and Adolescent Telemental Health Guideline Writing Group.
Dr. Hilty was recognized by the American College of Psychiatry – the field’s top organization – with a recent membership. In 2015 alone, he has received two lifetime achievement awards (AAP, APA—Central California Psychiatric Society), a Keck School of Medicine MS-III Teaching Award, and two Department of Psychiatry Resident Teaching Awards (PGY-II and PGY-III).