Chair of Psychiatry Appointed

Dear NEOMED Community,

I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Randon S. Welton, M.D., as the new Margaret Clark Morgan Endowed Chair of Psychiatry, effective Aug. 10, 2020.  

Dr. Welton earned his medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland, and his psychiatry residency at Wright State University School of Medicine. He served as a member of the United States Air Force for 24 years.  During his service, he held the position of psychiatry consultant to the Air Force Surgeon General and was selected for the Department of Defense/Department of Veteran Affairs work groups to create clinical practice guidelines for post-traumatic stress disorder and bipolar disorder. 

For the last 20 years, Dr. Welton has engaged in psychiatry resident and medical student education. Previous roles include residency outpatient supervisor at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center and deputy residency education director at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio. Dr. Welton currently serves as residency program director at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine.  He also serves on the steering committee for the American Association of Directors of Psychiatry Residency Training. Throughout his academic career, his commitment and passion for teaching has been recognized with numerous teaching and mentorship awards. 

Dr. Welton’s scholarly work includes publications and presentations locally and nationally on psychotherapy, faculty development, and the incorporation of evidence-based medicine and practice-based learning into residency training.

Regarding Dr. Welton’s appointment as chair, Rick Kellar, president of Peg’s Foundation (formerly Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation) noted, “I look forward to continued partnership in improving the lives of those experiencing serious mental illness. We welcome Dr. Welton and his family to ours and are ready to “Think Bigger” together.”

As we enthusiastically welcome Dr. Welton and his family to NEOMED, I want to express my deep appreciation to Doug Smith, M.D. who has served as interim department chair since October 2019.


Elisabeth H. Young, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Vice President for Health Affairs
Dean, College of Medicine

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