Dr. Engel is Assistant Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the Uniformed Services University and the Director of the Department of Defense (DoD) Deployment Health Clinical Center at Walter Reed in Washington DC. He was the 1st Cavalry Division Psychiatrist during the 1991 Gulf War and since then has served as a DoD medical advisor of post-war physical and mental health, particularly as it relates to post-war idiopathic physical symptoms, physical health concerns, and the improvement of post-deployment clinical services.
Dr. Engel is a respected psychiatric epidemiologist and health services researcher, evaluating health system strategies for mitigating the chronic health effects of war, terrorist attack, and natural or man-made disasters. He has nearly 70 scholarly articles, 80 published abstracts, and 90 invited presentations addressing topics such as mental health in primary care, idiopathic physical symptoms, post-war physical and mental health, post-traumatic stress disorder, clinical trials, clinical practice guideline development and implementation, and environmental health risk communication in primary care. Dr. Engel’s research has been funded by National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute of Aging, Centers for Disease Control, Department of Defense, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Notably, Dr. Engel has served as a principal investigator on three major multicenter clinical trials testing the impact of various health care improvements for military and VA health care beneficiaries.
Dr. Engel is an award winning medical educator as well. He received the American Psychiatric Association’s 2005 Nancy C.A. Roeske Award for Excellence in Medical Student Education, and in 2003 the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States issued him the William Porter Award for Outstanding Contributions in Psychiatry. Dr. Engel’s teaching résumé includes eight years directing an annual 55-hour course on psychopathology completed by over 1300 Uniformed Services University medical students. For the past ten years he has also taught a unique clinical epidemiology course for psychiatrists-in-training called “Evidence-Based Psychiatry.”