Prakash Masand, M.D., is Co-Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Centers of Psychiatric Excellence (COPE). He is also Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Neuroscience, for Clinical Care Options, which acquired Global Medical Education (GME) in 2020, a company Dr. Masand founded and where he served as CEO for 10 years. Dr. Masand also serves as Adjunct Professor at the Academic Medicine Education Institute, Duke-National University of Singapore Medical School (Duke-NUS). He was also the Chief Scientific Officer at the Institute for Advanced Medical Research. He was also Consulting Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC. He previously served as Director of Therapeutic Area Development, Neurosciences Medicine at the Duke Clinical Research Institute. Dr. Masand was also the Founder of psychCME, Inc., a leading program for continuing medical education in the United States, which was acquired by OPTUMHealth, a division of United Health Group, in 2006.
Dr. Masand’s clinical research interests include psychopharmacology, novel antipsychotics, psychiatric disorders in the medically ill, treatment-resistant depression, irritable bowel syndrome and its relationship to psychiatric illness, and the use of psychostimulants in the medically ill.
The author of more than 400 peer reviewed articles, reviews, abstracts and book chapters, Dr. Masand’s work has been published in peer-reviewed journals including The New England Journal of Medicine, American Journal of Psychiatry, Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, and Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology. Dr. Masand serves on the editorial boards of the Primary Care Companion to the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, Annals of Clinical Psychiatry, Current Clinical Pharmacology, and The Open Pharmacology Journal. He is also a reviewer for several journals and a frequent speaker at national and international medical meetings.
Dr. Masand received his medical degree from the Topiwala National Medical College at the University of Bombay in India. He completed his residency training in Psychiatry at S.U.N.Y. Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York, and a fellowship in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, in Boston, MA. Dr. Masand was named a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine. He was also the recipient of the Outstanding Academician of the Year Award, from the Indo American Psychiatric Association.