Clinical Psychiatrist, Watson Clinic, LLPBiography
Dr. Joachim Benitez is on staff at the Watson Clinic, LLP, serving as a community psychiatrist in Lakeland, Florida. He was formerly a dual appointee working as an Assistant Clinical Professor at Weill-Cornell University and at Columbia University in New York City. As part of the attending teaching staff, he was charged with the education of residents and medical students, and the formation and training of future thought leaders in the field. He was also involved in research and writing, and his academic pursuits have followed him since his training years at the Mayo Clinic where he became involved early on in pharmacogenomics and their unique clinical applications under the mentorship of Dr. David Mrazek, former Chair of Psychiatry at the Mayo Clinic, and one of the fathers of Psychiatric Pharmacogenomics. Dr. Benitez has over a decade of experience using pharmacogenomic tests to provide patients with individualized and personalized medicine, delivering care using the guiding principle of giving each and every patient the right drug, at the right dose, at the right time. He received his medical degree from St. Luke's College of Medicine, completed his residency in Psychiatry at the Mayo Clinic, and worked at the Mayo Clinic Health System - Austin, where he served as Department Chair of Psychiatry. He worked at the prestigious Payne Whitney Partial Hospital Program, and at Columbia University Medical Center CPEP, as an educator, a researcher, and a clinician who provided compassionate, expert, and state-of-the-art care to patients who have struggled with the most complicated and the most treatment-resistant psychiatric conditions.