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Dawn-Christi M. Bruijnzeel, MD

Dawn-Christi M. Bruijnzeel, M.D.

Dawn-Christi M. Bruijnzeel, M.D.


University of Florida College of Medicine

Doctor of Medicine, 1997-2001


University of Florida

Bachelor of Science, Neurobiological Sciences (high honors) (1993-1997)


Residency – General Psychiatry, 1997-2001

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Clinical Training Sites: Shands Teaching Hospital, Malcolm Randall Veterans Administration Hospital, Shands at Vista Psychiatric Hospital, Northeast Florida State Hospital, University of Florida Student Healthcare Center




2005- current               Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Florida

2005-current                Staff Psychiatrist, Malcolm Randall VA Medical Center




USLME Step I:          Pass

USMLE Step II:        Pass

USMLE Step III:       Pass

Board certification:

ABPN Part 1 passed 10/06

ABPN Part 2 passed 5/07

Medical licensure: #ME 86187

DEA number obtained 2002 and current



Shands Teaching Hospital

Malcolm Randall VA Medical Center (MRVAMC)

Electroconvulsive therapy privileges at MRVAMC






-Director of ECT Services at the VA Medical Center (1/06-current)

-Perform ECT treatments and evaluations for all veterans referred in the North Florida/South Georgia VA system

-Perform Trancranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) evaluations for outpatients in the VA

-Director of Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center at VA Medical Center (11/11-current)

-Provide coverage for medical director of VA Honor Center domiciliary for homeless veterans (2012-current)

-Provide coverage for the Mental Health Intensive Case Management (MHICM) program at the VA

-Provide coverage for the inpatient psychiatric unit at the VA Medical Center

-Supervise and teach residents on inpatient service, ECT service, and on call nights and weekends at Shands Hospital and the VA Medical Center (7/05-current)


Past positions:

-Medical Director of the Inpatient Psychiatric Unit at the VA Medical Center (7/07-4/09)

-Managed inpatient psychosis team at the VA Medical Center (7/05-11/11)

– Site Director for the Psychiatry Residency at the VA Medical Center (7/08-4/09)

– PGY-4 Coordinator for Psychiatry residents (7/08-4/09)



-College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research Achievement Award –1997

-Dr. Peter Regan Award for Outstanding Medical Student Interested in Psychiatry-2001

-Award for highest PGY-1 Psychiatry Resident in Training Exam (PRITE) score in the residency program, 2002

-Wyeth Resident Reporter Fellowship for the 2002 APA meeting

-John E. Adams Memorial Academic Achievement Award 2003

-PGY-2 Resident of the Year 2003

-Richard M. Christensen, MD Community Service Award 2003

-Chief Resident 7/1/2003-7/1/2004

-John E. Adams Memorial Academic Achievement Award 2004

-PGY-3 Resident of the Year 2004

-Resident Educator Award for Excellence in Medical Education—2004

-APA-Aventis Fellowship for Women for the 2004 APA meeting

            -Awarded APA Fellowship April 2013





Christiana M. Leonard, John M. Kuldau, Joshua L. Brier, Paula A. Zuffante, Erin R. Gautier, Dawn-Christi Heron, Elise M. Lavery, Jennifer Packing, Sharyl A. Williams, and Cheryl A. Dubose. (1999): Cumulative Effect of Anatomical Risk Factors for Schizophrenia: An MRI Study. Biological Psychiatry, 46: 374-382


Heron D, Shapira N. (2003). Time to Log Off: New Diagnostic Criteria for Problematic Internet Use. Current Psychiatry vol 2, num 4: 21-27.

Bruijnzeel D, Tandon R. (2011) The Concept of Schizophrenia: From the 1850’s to the DSM-5. Psychiatric Annals, 41:5, May 2011.

Shumard T, Bruijnzeel, D. (2011) A 56-Year-Old Man with Paranoid Delusions, Auditory Hallucinations, and Thought Blocking. Psychiatric Annals, 41: 6, June 2011.

Fayad S, Bruijnzeel D. (2012) Letter to the Editor: A Fatal Case of Adynamic Ileus Following Initiation of Clozapine. Am J Psychiatry 169:5,538-539. May 2012.

Tandon, R, Bruijnzeel D, Rankupalli, B. (2013) Does change in definition of psychotic symptoms in diagnosis schizophrenia in DSM-5 affect caseness? Asian Journal of Psychiatry 6 (2013) 330-332.



Janicak, Marder, Tandon, Goldman. Schizophrenia: Recent Advances in Diagnosis and Treatment. Chapter 2: The Evolving Nosology of Schizophrenia: Relevance for Treatment. Tandon and Bruijnzeel.2014



1996-1997: Investigation of third ventricle volume as measured on MRI and correlation with negative symptoms in schizophrenic patients.


Manuscript reviewer   American Journal of Psychiatry          (n=1, 2012)





Medical School

1997-2001              American Medical Student Association member

1997-2001            American Medical Women’s Association

  • 2003            American Medical Association member

1997-2003              Florida Medical Association member


Residency and Current

2001-current           American Psychiatric Association member

2013-current           American Psychiatric Association Fellow

2001-current           Florida Psychiatric Society member

-University of Florida Resident Liaison to the FPS 2002

-Resident Committee member 2002

2001-current             North Central Florida Psychiatric Society

-Secretary/Treasurer 7/06-7/07 and 7/11-current

-Vice president 7/07-7/08

-President 7/08-5/09

2003-2008                   American Association of Community Psychiatrists member

2014-current                International Society of Electroconvulsive Therapy and Neurostimulation (ISEN)



-VA Grand Rounds    “ECT Update”            March 6, 2012

-Invited Chair of Workshop at American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting “Establishing an ECT Service” 5/21/13







-Supervision of residents, medical students and PA students on clinical inpatient service and consultation liaison service and ECT services at the VA Medical Center

-Supervision of residents on call at the VA Medical Center and Shands Teaching Hospital

-Lecture to psychiatry residents (several per year)

– Yearly lecture on Psychotic Disorders to the 1st year PA Students (2005-2014)

– Yearly lecture on Schizophrenia, Depression and ECT for Junior Honors Medical Students (2006-2014)

– Administer oral examinations to medical students in their 3rd year psychiatry

Clerkship (2005-current)





-Establishing the Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation program at the VA Medical center

-Participate in root cause analyses (RCA)







Medical school

  • 2001               Equal Access Clinic for the Homeless, volunteer

1998-2001                Helping Hands Clinic at the Salvation Army—psychiatric care for the indigent




2001-2005              Helping Hands clinic at the Salvation Army, volunteer—

provide psychiatric care biweekly for the indigent of Gainesville

2002                         National Depression Screening Day



2005-2009              Helping Hands Clinic volunteer—supervise residents and

evaluate patients

2005-2006              Equal Access Clinic Volunteer—supervise medical students and evaluate patients



9/2013                         Presentation at a National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) meeting on TMS

5/2013                         Leader of community mental health reading groups sponsored by Gainesville Opportunity Center (GOC) and NAMI

5/2013                         Expert on panel at a public forum on Mental Health in Gainesville