Rewarding Bad Behavior: Charles Nemeroff At The University Of Miami

Since when does losing the chair of a department at one University qualify you to chair the same department at another University? You have to wonder about a University that will hire a psychiatrist who has obvious conflicts of interest when it comes to the pharmaceutical industry, especially when those conflicts of interest got him dismissed by another University for that very reason. Next question: is this University subsidized by the pharmaceutical industry in other ways than through this one professor?

Emory University let go of corrupt psychiatrist Charles Nemeroff who was being investigated by the US senate for having lied about his drug company funding only to have him taken on by the University of Miami. The University of Miami, kowtowing to pressure from the good ole’ boy system of prominent psychiatrists, will ignore the instances of wrong doing that lost Charles Nemeroff the chair of the psychiatric department at the Emory University School of Medicine. Something is obviously amiss here.

There must have been many more deserving and dedicated young psychiatrists out there that were passed over by the University of Miami when it made the decision to hire the tainted and disgraced Nemeroff. Instead of taking on a fresh sincere new face and perspective as department chair, we get this kind of underhanded musical chairs going in our schools of high education. This circumstance reflects very badly upon the University of Miami. We are sending a very mixed message to our young people when we are saying that it is okay to do at one school what it is wrong to do at another.

Given the well known dangerous effects of some of the pharmaceutical products being dished out these days, some of these psychiatrists are literally getting away with murder. Were we to punish anyone in the psychiatric profession, this professional malpractice would be less likely to occur. Imagine Bernie Madoff being taken on by another company, after swindling so many people, rather than being sent to prison. The University of Miami certainly has better things to do with its time and its money than hiring people on the basis of their unethical behavior.

I have another message to relay. The message that I have to relay is that it is not alright to harm people in the mental health system in this country. This is not a message that the University of Miami is receptive to at this time. I will continue to voice this message until it is heard throughout this nation, even so far south as Miami. When psychiatrists care more about drug company profits than they do about the patients in their care, I want people to register this fact, and I want people voice their dismay as well. We should not, as a nation, have to put up with this sort of thing.