Dilip V. Jeste, M.D. is a geriatric neuropsychiatrist, who specializes in successful aging, neurobiology of wisdom as well as schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders in older adults. He is the Senior Associate Dean for Healthy Aging and Senior Care at the University of California, San Diego.
He has published over 600 articles in peer-reviewed journals and 14 books, including Successful Cognitive and Emotional Aging (2009), Prevention in Mental Health (2011), Positive Psychiatry (2015), and his most recent book titled Wiser: The Scientific Roots of Wisdom, Compassion, and What Makes Us Good (2020). In it, he describes evidence-based findings on the definition, measurement, and neurobiology of wisdom as well as its relationship with aging, and interventions to promote wisdom.
He was listed in "The Best Doctors in America" and in the Institute for Scientific Information's list of the "world's most cited authors"--comprising fewer than 0.5% of all publishing researchers of the previous two decades.
His work has been featured in popular media including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic Monthly, Time, National Public Radio, PBS, Public Radio International, London Times, and the Colbert Report, among others.
Dr. Jeste obtained his medical education in Pune and Mumbai, India. In the USA, he completed psychiatry residency at Cornell University and Neurology residency at George Washington University. He was a researcher at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) before joining UCSD. Starting with just one fellow, he developed a geriatric psychiatry program at UCSD and San Diego VA; today it is one of the largest Geriatric Psychiatry Divisions anywhere, with major clinical, research, and training components. In addition to serving as Chief of the Geriatric Psychiatry Division at UCSD, he is the director of two institutes focused on aging (Stein Institute for Research on Aging and Hartford Center for Excellence in Geriatric Psychiatry) and the newly launched UCSD Center for Healthy Aging (2014), and co-director of the IBM-UCSD Artificial Intelligence Center for Healthy Living.
Dr. Jeste has been widely recognized for his contributions to the scientific community. As the American Psychiatric Association's President during 2012-13, Dr. Jeste spearheaded the process of finalization, approval, and publication of the DSM-5. He also expanded APA's international membership, and focused on Positive Psychiatry. He has received many awards including those from the NIMH, VA, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the Institute of Living, and the Asian Heritage Society. He is a member of several prestigious professional organizations, including the Institute of Medicine. He also serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. Under Dr. Jeste's leadership, the journal became the top publication in the field, in terms of the impact factor, and number of submissions and downloads.