In Memoriam: Ronald F. Krasner, MD, Psychiatrist (1944 – 2019)

NAMI has lost an ardent supporter in the passing of Dr. Ronald F. Krasner. He was elected to the American Society of Psychiatrists, former Vice Chairman and Director of Psychiatric Education, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Northwestern University Medical School, and Clinical Practice Director, Department of Psychiatry, Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation. His professional reputation made him highly sought after for treatment needs, but he devoted significant time to education, mentoring, administration and research to ensure there were informed, trained professionals entering the field of psychiatry.

Dr. Krasner’s research interest focused on the measurement of psychiatry residents’ psychodynamic psychotherapy skill acquisition. In his own words: “I went to medical school to become a doctor and psychiatrist to help people. Often people suffer in silence without really knowing how to get help for their worries, conflicts, anxieties, and feelings of depression and sadness. For those who may be suffering, I offer an empathic scientifically based approach to address their problems.”