Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and Integrated Care: Contemporary, American & Global Challenges

Eliot Sorel, M.D., D.L.F.A.P.A

Eliot Sorel, M.D., D.L.F.A.P.A., is an internationally recognized medical leader, educator, health systems policy expert and practicing physician. He is co-chairman of the non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and integrated care task force of the World Psychiatric Association and co-chairman of the scientific committee of the WPA 2013 Bucharest Congress on integrating primary care, mental health and public health for Eurasia and Southeast Europe, strengthening health systems, to take place in Bucharest, Romania in April 2013, accessible at Dr. Sorel is the Founder and Chairman of the Career, Leadership and Mentorship Program of the Washington Psychiatric Society. He has professorial appointments in Global Health, Health Services Management and Leadership in the School of Public Health as well as in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the School of Medicine at George Washington University. Dr. Sorel is the Founder of the Conflict Management & Conflict Resolution Section of the World Psychiatric Association and of the World Youth Democracy Forum at the Elliott School of International Affairs of the George Washington University. He is the Senior Adviser to the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Sorel is a former President of the Medical Society of the District of Columbia, the World Association for Social Psychiatry, the Washington Psychiatric Society and has served as a United States National Institutes of Health/Fogarty International Center grants reviewer. He is a Life Member of the American Medical Association, a Fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists, and a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He did his psychiatric training at Yale University, obtained his B.A. from New York University, and M.D. from the State University of New York. He has developed and led health systems in North America and the Caribbean, has consulted and taught in more than twenty countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. Dr. Sorel is the author of more than sixty scientific papers and book chapters and the editor of six books. His most recent scientific paper, The Integration of Psychiatry & Primary Care was published in the International Review of Psychiatry, in February 2011 and his most recent book, The Marshall Plan: Lessons learned for the 21st century was published by OECD in Paris in 2008, is accessible at

In July 2010, Dr. Sorel convened the Black Sea & Caspian Sea Area Studies Network, a Euro-Atlantic, universities partnership that developed the Bucharest Consensus on Higher Education, Innovation & Development. In June 2008, he participated as PAHO/WHO advisor, in the WHO Europe Health & Finance Ministers' meeting on Health Systems, Health & Wealth in Tallinn, Estonia, that ratified the Tallinn Charter.

In October 2009, Dr. Sorel was awarded the Doctor Honoris Causa by Carol Davila Medical University in Bucharest, Romania. The President of Romania awarded Dr. Sorel the Star of Romania Order of Commander in 2004.