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Posted: 5/2/2012

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Dr. John V. Campo, a nationally recognized expert in child and adolescent psychiatry, has been named chair of The Ohio State University College of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry. The appointment is pending final approval of the Ohio State University Board of Trustees.

Campo has been at Ohio State since 2006 and is the former chief of the division of child and adolescent psychiatry and medical director of pediatric behavioral health, a joint position serving Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Ohio State. He has served as interim chair of Ohio State’s Department of Psychiatry since January 2011. Campo also will be chief of psychiatry at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center and hold the title of professor of clinical psychiatry and clinical pediatrics.

Dr. Charles J. Lockwood, dean of Ohio State’s College of Medicine, said Campo has a national reputation for developing mental health programs that deliver high quality results.

“John’s demonstrated expertise as a clinician, researcher and administrator have led to many successful initiatives that have improved the mental health care of patients of all ages,” said Lockwood, who made the appointment. “John is widely respected as a colleague and distinguished leader who works collaboratively with community mental health programs, private industry and government agencies to nurture a better understanding of our most challenging and vexing mental health issues.”

Dr. Steven G. Gabbe, CEO of the Wexner Medical Center, anticipates Campo’s leadership will expand the national recognition of the department of psychiatry. “John has dedicated his career to improving the lives of people with mental illness, and he is committed to advancing the treatment of psychiatric conditions in children and adults,” said Gabbe. “We’re very excited about his new role here at Ohio State.”  

Campo completed medical school at the University of Pennsylvania and residencies in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and in general and child and adolescent psychiatry at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of the University of Pittsburgh. He is board certified in pediatrics, psychiatry, and child and adolescent psychiatry.

His research interests include the relationship between medically unexplained physical symptoms and emotional disorders, the delivery of evidence-based behavioral health interventions, and the integration of mental health services into primary care medical settings.

He has been recognized by America’s Top Doctors, Best Doctors in America and as a NAMI Exemplary Psychiatrist. In addition, he is a recipient of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s Simon Wile Leadership in Consultation Award.

Ohio State’s Department of Psychiatry and OSU Harding Hospital provide comprehensive inpatient and outpatient behavioral health services to the central Ohio community. Treatment programs are available for people of all ages, including children and adolescents in collaboration with Nationwide Children’s.

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Contact: David Crawford, Wexner Medical Center Public Affairs and Media Relations, 614-293-3737, or Crawford.1@osu.edu