Dr. Hugo M. Morales, a prominent psychiatrist and civic leader, has been named to The City University of New York Board of Trustees.
Nominated by Governor George E. Pataki, and approved by the New York State Senate, Dr. Morales joined the Board for its June 24 meeting. He will serve until June 2007.
Dr. Morales is the founding medical director of the Bronx Mental Health Center, which he established in 1965. The Center provides innovative, comprehensive ambulatory mental health care services, including group and individual therapy sessions, to low income patients of the Bronx and other boroughs.
Dr. Morales has also served as the Director of the Department of Psychiatry at St. Francis Hospital in the Bronx, and as a psychiatrist at Manhattan State Hospital and Elmhurst City Hospital. He earned his medical degree at the University of Santo Domino in the Dominican Republic and did post-graduate work at the New York Policlinic Medical School and Hospital. He received his specialty training at Morrisania City Hospital, Harlem Valley State Hospital in Wingdale, N.Y.and Grasslands Hospital in Valhalla, N.Y. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians, and the American College of Forensic Examiners.
A former member of the Hostos Community College Advisory Board, Dr. Morales has been appointed to positions by New York State Governors and New York City Mayors in recognition of his professional knowledge and community leadership. He is Chairman of the Dominican Advisory Board of the Governor’s Office for Hispanic Affairs and is a member of the Governor’s Task Force on Rape and Sexual Assault and of the New York State Department of Health Medical Advisory Committee.
He was appointed as a permanent member of the Columbus Commission of New York State by former Governor Mario Cuomo and to the Council for Mental Health Planning in the State of New York by former Governor Hugh Carey.
He served on Mayor Edward Koch’s Commission on Hispanic Concerns, and on the Advisory Board to the Human Resources Commissioner. He has been a consultant to many agencies including the New York City Police Department, the Board of Education, the Foster Home Care Division and the Social Security Administration. Since 1983, he has been President of the Medical Society of the State of New York. His many prestigious honors include the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 1996 and the Christopher Columbus Award presented by the President of the Dominican Republic in 1992.