Pedro L. Delgado, MD, was named dean of American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) in March 2022. Since becoming AUC acting dean in September 2021, Dr. Delgado has continued to advance the strategic vision of academic quality and student outcomes with a focus on faculty development, curriculum, and academic support.
Previously Dr. Delgado was the senior associate dean of AUC’s Sint Maarten campus, where he was responsible for faculty affairs and government and community relations. He was also an important contributor to the culture of AUC’s medical sciences campus and led efforts to foster community engagement and academic excellence. Dr. Delgado joined AUC in April 2019 from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), where he served as the Marie Wilson Howells professor and chair of the Department of Psychiatry in the College of Medicine and director of the UAMS Psychiatric Research Institute (PRI) from 2014–2018.
Dr. Delgado earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology summa cum laude from the University of Houston and his MD (AOA) and MA (Pharmacology) from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. After completing his internship and residency training in psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine, Dr. Delgado served on their faculty from 1987 – 1992 and led research programs investigating the neurobiological basis of depression and the mechanisms of antidepressant drug action. He subsequently served on the faculty of the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Over the past 20 years, Dr. Delgado has served in a variety of leadership positions, including Vice-Chair for Research in Arizona, Douglas Danford Bond Professor and Chairman of Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine (2000-2005), and Dielmann Distinguished Chair and Chairman of Psychiatry at the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio (2005-2014).
Dr. Delgado’s academic interests include multidisciplinary, team-based approaches to health care; mentoring of medical students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty; clinical research training; social and behavioral determinants of health; and faculty wellness. He is most known for his groundbreaking work using neurotransmitter depletion to study antidepressant mechanisms. For his work investigating the biology of depression, he shared the international Anna Monika Prize in 1995.
Dr. Delgado has published over 100 scientific articles and book chapters concerning these and related topics. He is a member of many organizations and societies, a grant reviewer for the National Institutes of Health, and a frequent lecturer on mental health.