Affiliate Professor of Psychiatric Medicine
East Carolina University
Philip T. Ninan, MD, is an Affiliate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at East Carolina University, and provides consultation to the biopharmaceutical industry. He serves on the national board of the American Foundation for the Prevention of Suicide and chairs the Research Committee of U.S. Vellore Christian Medical College Foundation. Dr. Ninan has focused much of his medical career and research on the assessment of psychiatric treatment response to pharmacologic, psychotherapeutic and device interventions, and understanding their mediating brain mechanisms. Previously, he was a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Director of the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. From 2006 to 2012 he was a Vice President in Neuroscience, initially at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals (Global Medical Affairs) and subsequently at Pfizer (Clinical Sciences).
Dr. Ninan is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is a distinguished life fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is the recipient of the Psychiatrist of the Year award from the Georgia Psychiatric Physicians Association (2003) and the Outstanding Academician Award of the Indo-American Psychiatric Association (2006). He has authored over a hundred peer reviewed journal articles in anxiety and mood disorders, and schizophrenia. His work has been published in medical and scientific journals including Science, The American Journal of Psychiatry, Archives General Psychiatry, and The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. Dr. Ninan received his medical degree from Christian Medical College, Vellore, India (1969) and served an internship at Christian Medical College Hospital, Vellore, India. He immigrated to the U.S. and completed his postdoctoral training in psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston. He was a medical staff fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, MD. Dr. Ninan is a member of several professional organizations including the American MedicalAssociation, American Psychiatric Association and the American College of Psychiatry.