Dr. Eliot SOREL, M.D. D.L.F.A.P.A. co-chairs the World Psychiatric Association’s Task Force

Eliot Sorel, M.D., D.L.F.A.P.A., is an internationally recognized global health leader, educator, health systems policy expert and practicing physician. Dr. Sorel co-chairs the World Psychiatric Association’s Task Force on non-communicable diseases and integrated care. He is a member of the Board of Trustees Work Group on American Health Reform and of the Council on Healthcare Systems and Financing, both of the American Psychiatric Association. 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, the World Youth Democracy Forum at the Elliott School of International Affairs of the George Washington University and of the Cosmos Club Health Group. He is the Senior Adviser to the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award (IRDA) 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 seven books. His most recent book, 21st Century Global Mental Health was published by Jones & Bartlett Learning and is accessible at www.jblearning.com.

In April 2013, he co-chaired the Scientific Committee of the WPA 2013 Bucharest Congress on strengthening health systems for southeast Europe and Eurasia via the integration of primary care, mental health and public health, accessible at www.wpa2013bucharest.org. 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 2007 Dr. Sorel was a PAHO/WHO advisor to Renewing Primary Care and Health Systems in the Americas conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina.


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.