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Robert Trestman

Robert L. Trestman, PhD, MD

Chair, Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine

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2017 S Jefferson St, 2nd Floor
Roanoke, VA  24014

Education and Training

  • University of Tennessee: MD
  • Mount Sinai Medical Center, N.Y.: Internship and Residency
  • University of Tennessee: PhD
  • Carnegie Mellon University: BS

Other Positions

  • Senior Vice President and Chair of Psychiatry, Carilion Clinic
  • Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

Robert Lee Trestman, Ph.D., M.D., joined Carilion in April 2017 as Chair of Psychiatry. Dr. Trestman is a nationally recognized expert in psychiatry and population health and has an extensive background in education and research.

Dr. Trestman previously was a tenured professor of Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, with a joint appointment as professor of Nursing. He served as executive director of Correctional Managed Health Care (CHMC), a division of the University of Connecticut Health Center. In this role, he led a health system that provided global health care to all inmates within the Connecticut Department of Correction. Prior to that, he served in numerous academic and leadership roles at the University of Connecticut, Mount Sinai Medical Center, and the Bronx Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Dr. Trestman has lectured and consulted nationally and internationally, authored or coauthored over 180 peer reviewed articles, book chapters, and commentaries, and is the senior editor of the Oxford Textbook of Correctional Psychiatry. His interests include mental health services research and the neurobiology and treatment of people with severe mood and personality disorders. Dr. Trestman is the co-developer of START NOW, a skills-based psychotherapy in use in five countries. Dr. Trestman has given over 150 regional, national, and international invited presentations. Dr. Trestman is the Chair of the APA Council on Healthcare Systems & Financing, is immediate past Chair of the American Hospital Association’s Committee on Behavioral Health, and chairs the American Association of Chairs of Departments of Psychiatry’s Clinical Enterprise Committee.

Dr. Trestman enjoys cycling and competes nationally as a saber fencer. His wife, Dr. Bonnie Hennig-Trestman, competes internationally as a foil fencer and has twice represented the United States at the Veterans World Fencing Championship. Between the two, they have five children.