Glenn Jordan Treisman is the Director of the AIDS Psychiatry Program and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Internal Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Treisman is internationally known for his engaging presentations, his scholarly defense of psychiatry, and his vigorous commitment to the betterment of patient care for underserved populations. He is best known for his groundbreaking work in the field of HIV, where he has been described as “the father of AIDS psychiatry.” He is involved in the care of psychiatrically ill HIV infected patients and has been since early in the epidemic, and has described and raised awareness of the role of mental illness as a driving force in the HIV epidemic as well as a barrier to effective care. He is the author of The Psychiatry of AIDS, the first comprehensive textbook on the subject, as well as numerous articles on the issues of mental health in the HIV clinic. He was recognized for this work by the American College of Physicians with the presentation of the William C. Menninger Memorial Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Science of Mental Health in 2006. Starting with his Ph.D. in Pharmacology and his background in geriatric psychiatry, Dr. Treisman has worked at the interface between medicine and psychiatry, and has become a noted clinical expert on depression, addiction, personality disorders, chronic pain, and the interaction between psychiatric disorders and medical illness.
As part of a lifelong commitment to education, Dr. Treisman directed the residency program in Psychiatry for nine years, and delivers lectures at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in courses on Neuroscience, Psychiatry, Pharmacology Clinical Skills, and the Physician in Society course, as well as lecture in the School of Public Health. He is considered to be an outstanding teacher and has received the Chairman’s Award for Teaching from the Department of Medicine. His lectures on psychiatry and medical ethics have earned him international invitations and eponymous lectures including the prestigious Mapother lecture in London and Findling Lecture at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. John G Bartlett has referred to his lecture on DNR orders and medical ethics as “the Gettysburg Address of medicine”. His defense of psychiatry as a discipline of medicine and his defense of medicine against the therapeutic nihilism of the current medical reimbursement system have been favorite grand rounds presentations at numerous medical centers, including the plenary ethics lecture at the Massachusetts Medical Society Annual meeting in 2006. He is invited to give grand rounds presentations throughout the United States, and is a favorite at HIV meetings and courses throughout the world.