Gary S. Belkin , MD, Ph. D, MPH
Gary S Belkin is currently Executive Deputy Commissioner of Health-Mental Hygiene in the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. He was previously the Behavioral Health Medical Director of NYC Health + Hospitals, which operates the New York City 11 public hospitals, and was formerly Chief of Psychiatry (Interim) at Bellevue Hospital.
He brings extensive experience in day-to-day clinical operations and policy development in urban health delivery systems, as well as in developing and studying emerging approaches to public mental health and served as Associate Professor and Director, Program in Global Mental Health, New York University School of Medicine. He was founding Director of the NYU Program which was developed to advance innovative implementation and policy approaches to scale and improve population mental health strategies, as well as efforts to extend the impact of behavioral health sciences on other social sectors and outcomes. These efforts ranged from adapting mental health skills to the work of street-level gun violence interrupters in New York City, to designing task-shift based solutions to scaled integrated care for common mental disorders in rural Haiti.
As common mental disorders grow in their contribution to overall disease burden, the challenge of delivery systems and public health policy is not only to innovatively expand access, but to do that in ways that accent complex, community, participatory, and early/preventive strategies that act on the connections between mental health morbidity and multiple social and health outcomes.