George Winokur Clinical Research Paper Award

The AACP established its Clinical Research Award in 1979, which is presented to the author of the best original research paper published in Annals of Clinical Psychiatry during the previous calendar year. The Award is presented at the AACP annual meeting and includes a cash prize, engraved award, complimentary one-year membership to the AACP, plus travel and accommodations to attend the annual meeting. The AACP’s Research Award Committee is responsible for making the selection.

2019 George Winokur Clinical Research Award
Gus Zhang, MD

Somatization disorder and somatoform symptoms in systematically studies survivors of 10 disasters

The American Academy of Clinical Psychiatrists 2019 George Winokur Research Award has been awarded to Gus Zhang, MD, for research which was published in 2017 in the Annals of Clinical Psychiatry August issue.  Dr. Zhang will be presented the award at the AACP Annual Conference (Psychiatry Update 2019) in Chicago, Friday, March 22, 2019. (for further information go to www.CPAACP-CME.com)

Dr. Zhang’s research article is titled “Somatization disorder and somatoform symptoms in systematically studies survivors of 10 disasters”, Annals of Clinical Psychiatry/Vol. 29, No. 3/August 2017.

METHOD: Pre-disaster and post-disaster psychiatric disorders, somatization disorder, and the individual somatoform (medically unexplained) symptoms were assessed with structured diagnostic interviews in 811 directly exposed survivors of 10 disasters.

RESULTS: Only 1 individual met criteria for post-disaster somatization disorder; there were no incident cases. Only 21% of all somatic symptoms reported were somatoform symptoms. Although 29% of the sample had >1 post-disaster somatoform symptoms, only 13% of the sample had any incident somatoform symptoms, and only 1.5% of the sample had >1.

CONCLUSIONS: Somatization disorder is not an observed outcome of disaster. Incident of individual somatoform symptoms is relatively uncommon and represents a construct that is distinct from somatization disorder. Such symptoms appear to represent nonspecific distress or endemic symptoms in the population and are not necessarily causally related to the disaster. The only studies that have identified somatization symptoms in relation to disaster have used non-diagnostic symptoms checklists. As illustrated by the findings from this study, non-diagnostic symptom checklists do not adequately substitute for structured diagnostic instruments in assessment of somatoform psychopathology.

Dr. Zhang earned his BS in Biology from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in 2007. He went on to earn his MD at UT Southwestern Medical Center in 2012, and stayed at UT Southwestern Medical Center for residency in psychiatry. In 2016, Dr. Zhang joined the faculty as a member of the consult-liaison service at Clements University Hospital. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas.

 

George Winokur Research Award Committee Chair
Carol S. North, MD, MPE
The Altshuler Ctr. for Education & Research Metrocare
(214) 743-1200
e-mail: carol.north@utsouthwestern.edu

George Winokur Award Committee:
Carol S. North, MD
Ricahrd Balon, MD, Wayne State University
James Wilcox, MD, Tucson VAMC
Barbara Rohland, MD, Mayo Clinic

Please contact Beverly Davidson, Executive Director, AACP, for further information at ClinicalPsychiatrists@gmail.com, or call (920) 395-2330.

 

George Winokur Clinical Research Award Winners

Winners

Runners-up

Committee Chair

1979
David Kupfer, MD
Mark Gold, MD Charles L. Rich, MD
1980
Larry E. Tune, MD
James R. Morrison, MD
Robert E. Smith, MD
Louis Hafken, MD
1981
Hagop S. Akiskal, MD
Henry A. Nasrallah, MD Louis Hafken, MD
1982
Sheldon H. Preskorn, MD
Larry Kirstein, MD Louis Hafken, MD
1983
Ming T. Tsuang, MD, PhD
Gary Tollefson, MD, PhD Louis Hafken, MD
1984
Elizabeth B. Weller, MD
Hector C. Fabelli, MD, PhD Louis Hafken, MD
1985
Natraj Sitaram, MD
Matig Mavissakalian, MD Louis Hafken, MD
1986
Dennis S. Charney, MD
Arnold L. Lieber, MD Louis Hafken, MD
1987
Michael Liebowitz, MD
Harry E. Gwirtsman, MD Louis Hafken, MD
1988
Ronald A. Weller, MD
Joyce G. Small, MD Charles L. Rich, MD
1989
Conrad M. Swartz, MD
Timothy D. Brewerton, MD Valerie F. Holmes, MD
1990
Conrad M. Swartz, MD
Valerie F. Holmes, MD
1991
Douglas Finestone, MD
Ira Glick, MD Valerie F. Holmes, MD
1992
Roy T. Mathew, MD
Stephen C. Olsen, MD Valerie F. Holmes, MD
1993
Elizabeth M. Smith, PhD
Valerie F. Holmes, MD
1994
Joesph Magliozzi, MD (co-winner)
John Lauer, MD (co-winner)
Paul M. Packman, MD
1995
Laura Sanchez, MD
Paul M. Packman, MD
1996
Mary Fristad, PhD
Paul M. Packman, MD
1997
Danielle S. Schneider, MD
Donald W. Black, MD
1998
Donald W. Black, MD
Donald W. Black, MD
1999
Sidney Zisook, MD
Donald W. Black, MD
2000
Eric Lenze
Donald W. Black, MD
2001
Liviu Ichim MD
Donald W. Black, MD
2002
Paul J. Perry PhD
Donald W. Black, MD
2003
Betty Pfefferbaum, MD
Donald W. Black, MD
2004
(No Award Presented)
2005
Matig Massavikalian, MD
Carol S. North, MD
2006
Pinhas Nedim Dannon, MD
Carol S. North, MD
2007
Keith E. Isenberg, MD
Carol S. North, MD
2008
Ahsan Y. Khan, MD
Carol S. North, MD
2009
George I. Papakostas, MD
Carol S. North, MD
2010
Susan K. Schultz, MD
2011
Doreen Granpeesheh, PhD, BCBA-D
Carol S. North, MD
2012
Alina Suris, PhD, ABPP
Carol S. North, MD
2013
Donald Black, MD
Carol S. North, MD
2014
Boaz Levy, PhD
Carol S. North, MD
2015
Alina Suris
Carol S. North, MD
2016
Mark Zimmerman
Carol S. North, MD
2017
William Lawson, MD, PhD
Carol S. North, MD
2018
Keith E. Isenberg, MD
Carol S. North, MD

2019

Gus Zhang, MD

Carol S. North, MD