The Perelman School of Medicine celebrated the establishment of the newly endowed Robert L. Sadoff Clinical Professorship in Forensic Psychiatry, created in honor of the late Dr. Sadoff. It was a fitting honor that its first chairholder is one of his mentees, Kenneth J. Weiss.
“Dr. Weiss is a talented and dedicated member of the faculty who shares Dr. Sadoff’s passion for educating the future leaders in psychiatry,” said Caryn Lerman, John H. Glick, M.D. Professor in Cancer Research in the department of psychiatry. Department chair Maria Oquendo, Ruth Meltzer Professor of Psychiatry, said, “I look forward to seeing Dr. Weiss’ positive impact on the department in this new role.” Joan Sadoff, the late doctor’s wife, spoke at the reception.
Dr. Weiss has been a Penn psychiatry clinical faculty member since 2010, a clinical professor since 2013 and is the associate director of the Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Program. Previously at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Jefferson University and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, he completed an internship at Philadelphia General Hospital and an apprenticeship with Dr. Sadoff.
Dr. Weiss is an APA Distinguished Life Fellow and recent president of the Philadelphia Psychiatric Society. He has authored numerous publications, and co-edited, with Dr. Clarence Watson, Psychiatric Expert Testimony: Emerging Applications. He has been honored by numerous teaching awards, including the Irma Bland Teaching Award of the American Psychiatric Association and the Golden Apple Award from the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL).
Made possible by the generosity of an anonymous donor, the Sadoff Clinical Professorship celebrates Dr. Sadoff’s legacy as one of the founders of the specialty. While pursuing his medical degree, Dr. Sadoff was drawn to the emerging field of forensic psychiatry. Adding legal courses and experience in criminal courts to his training, he was welcomed into the AAPL in 1969. As its second president, he advanced it as the leading association supporting the professional development of forensic psychiatrists. He joined Penn’s faculty in 1972, and though he contributed to hundreds of scholarly articles and worked to serve the intersection of the medical and legal communities for many years, he always considered his role as a teacher and mentor his most important.