Mark Gold MD

University of Florida College of Medicine
Chair of Psychiatry

Donald Dizney Eminent Scholar
Distinguished Professor

Dr. Mark Gold, from the University of Florida and McKnight Brain Institute, is the Donald Dizney Eminent Scholar, Distinguished Professor and Chair of Psychiatry. Prior to as- suming the position as Chair he was a Distinguished Service Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry, Neuroscience, Anesthesiology, and Community Health & Family Medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine. He is also a member of the McKnight Brain Institute. Dr. Gold was the first Faculty in the Division of Addiction Medicine and Chief of the Addiction Medicine Division. He is a teacher of the year, researcher and inventor who has worked for 35 years to develop models for understanding the effects of tobacco and other drugs on the brain and behavior. Dr. Gold has developed animal models which have led to new treatments for addicts and also conceptualized hypotheses which were more than novel but also yielded new approaches to treat patients. Under his leadership, the Division of Addiction Medicine at the University of Florida has grown from Dr. Gold in 1990 to 12 full-time clinical physicians treating drug abuse and dependence and an equal number of researchers with major funded projects and research groups in second hand exposure models, self- administration, functional brain imaging, public health, impaired professionals, genomics, proteomics, and nanotechnology.