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Butler Presents Robert J. Westlake, MD Award for Physician Excellence
02/07/2012

Butler Hospital has awarded Steven A. Rasmussen, MD, the 2011 Robert J. Westlake, MD Award for Physician Excellence, established in honor of Dr. Robert J. Westlake to annually honor a physician at Butler Hospital, in recognition of his or her personal achievements and contributions to the mental health of the people of Rhode Island.

A pioneer in the field of psychiatry and brain science, Rasmussen has had a profound impact in the U.S. and around the world on the treatment, teaching, and research of brain-based illnesses. His pioneering research at Butler has led to worldwide recognition of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and related illnesses, as serious, widespread disorders.

A graduate of the second class in Brown University’s Medical Education Program in 1977, Dr. Rasmussen has helped foster a strong relationship between Butler Hospital and Brown, serving as the hospital’s medical director since 1998, as an associate professor of psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and as interim chair of the Department.

“His knowledge, experience, and mentorship have helped to attract some of the best brain science faculty in the country to Butler,” said Patricia Recupero, JD, MD, president and CEO of Butler Hospital. “He has mentored many professionals who, like himself, are making exciting advances in identifying the causes of brain-based illnesses.”

Rasmussen received the Robert J. Westlake, MD Award for Physician Excellence on January 17, 2012, at the Butler Hospital Annual Meeting of the Corporation at Butler Hospital in Providence, R.I. Learn more about the Butler Hospital Annual Meeting through its 2011 web-based Annual Report.

Butler Hospital is the only private, nonprofit psychiatric and substance abuse hospital serving adults, adolescents and children in Rhode Island and southeastern New England. Founded in 1844, it was the first hospital in Rhode Island and has earned a reputation as the leading provider of innovative psychiatric treatments in the region. The flagship hospital for the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Butler is recognized worldwide as a pioneer in conducting cutting-edge research.

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