About the Author
H Michael Zal, D.O., F.A.C.N., F.A.P.A., dist.
has been a psychiatrist for over forty years. He is currently in private practice and a Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is board certified, a Fellow of American College of Neurology and Psychiatry and a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.
Dr. Zal is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed a three year Psychiatric Fellowship sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health at the Philadelphia Mental Health Clinic and Haverford State Hospital.
He is Emeritus at the Belmont Center for Comprehensive Treatment and served as President of their Medical Staff from 1995-1997. He was Chairman of the Psychiatric Service at Metropolitan Hospital in Philadelphia from 1980-1990 and a member of the University Of Pennsylvania Private Practice Research Group.
Dr. Zal received the Albert Einstein Healthcare Foundation Physicians' Award for Excellence and the Practitioner of the Year Award, from the Philadelphia Psychiatric Society, for outstanding character, dedication and commitment to patient care.
He is a lecturer, medical writer and editor on mental health topics with numerous published articles to his credit. He is currently the Editor of the Journal of the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association. He is an award-winning author who has published numerous articles as well as three books entitled Panic Disorder: The Great Pretender and The Sandwich Generation: Caught Between Growing Children and Aging Parents. (Perseus Press); Dancing with Medusa: A Life In Psychiatry: A Memoir (AuthorHouse).
He was the winner of the Eric W. Martin Memorial Award, presented by the American Medical Writers Association, for outstanding writing and the Frances Larson Memorial Award for excellence.