Advisory Council

Brigadier General (Ret.) Stephen N. Xenakis, MD

Stephen N. Xenakis, MD is an adult, child, and adolescent psychiatrist with many years of clinical, academic, and management experience. He retired from the U.S. Army in 1998 at the rank of Brigadier General and began an active career starting up medical technology companies and clinical practice. Dr. Xenakis has advised the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and other senior Department of Defense officials on psychological health and the effects of blast concussion. He is actively engaged with Physicians for Human Rights and Human Rights First, and is the only retired military general and physician to speak out publicly against torture and the involvement of health care practitioners in torture.

Dr. Xenakis’s clinical and research practice is focused on leveraging technology to improve health care services and sustain military readiness. He serves on the executive board of the Center for Ethics and Rule of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, the editorial board of the Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and Law, and is an adjunct professor at the Uniformed Services of Health Sciences of the military medical department.

Dr. Xenakis has conducted research and published in the areas of psychotherapy, child and adolescent psychiatry, post-traumatic stress disorder, telepsychiatry and innovative technology, military/veterans health care, and ethics and human rights. He appears in the national media, both print and television, and has been featured in the New York Times for his extensive involvement with detainees in Guantánamo.

Dr. Xenakis is a graduate of Princeton University and the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

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