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Trzepacs Bio

Paula Trzepacz, MD

Dr. Paula T. Trzepacz works at Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis after a long academic medical career. She is currently a Senior Medical Fellow on the Alzheimer's Disease team, and previously was Senior Medical Director of US Neurosciences for 5 years and Medical Fellow on the global Strattera team for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. She maintains clinical faculty appointments as Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine, and Indiana University School of Medicine where she collaborates in research, publishing and teaching. A native of New England, Dr. Trzepacz received her B.A. in Biological Sciences from Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts and her M.D. from Dartmouth Medical School in Hanover, New Hampshire. She completed an internship in Internal Medicine at Berkshire Medical Center, University of Massachusetts Medical School, and a residency in General Psychiatry at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Dartmouth Medical School. She also completed a Fellowship in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry at Dartmouth under the late Dr. Zbigniew Lipowski. During residency she "moonlighted" as an emergency room physician. She was an Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where she met her wonderful husband, Robert W. Baker, MD, prior to their moving to Jackson where she served as Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology at the University of Mississippi Medical School. Her main expertise is in Geriatrics Psychiatry, Neuropsychiatry, and Psychosomatic Medicine including delirium, dementias and traumatic brain injury.

Dr. Trzepacz has extensive clinical and teaching experience in the assessment and management of psychiatric patients who have comorbid neurological or medical disorders. She served as an oral board certification examiner and served over 10 years on the Neurology question-writing Committee for the national board specialty psychiatry examinations for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN). She has published and lectured extensively and has written two books. She serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, General Hospital Psychiatry, and Psychosomatics. A principal investigator or collaborator on grants funded by the National Institutes of Health, she has been involved in a genomics study of post-operative delirium at Duke University Medical School and ICU delirium at Indiana University School of Medicine. She has a number of ongoing international research collaborations and is an Advisor to the DSM-V Neurocognitive Disorders Working Group at the American Psychiatric Association.

Dr. Trzepacz was President of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine (APM) in 2004-5, and President of the American Neuropsychiatric Association (ANPA) ) from 2009-2011, and is a Fellow of both organizations. A recipient of a number of honors and awards, including the 1997 Research Award from APM, she was listed in four editions of Best Doctors in America. Best known for her research and publications in delirium and neuropsychiatry, she is recognized as an international expert in delirium.

She and her husband enjoy reading, hiking, boating, running, gardening, traveling, drinking wine and entertaining friends for dinner. She also enjoys Bible study and reading Catholic apologetics. They have two rescued border collies.