Parlane Reid, MD, Receives Psychiatric Profession’s Highest Honor


Parlane Reid, MDSARASOTA, FL (May 30, 2014) – Longtime Sarasota Psychiatrist Parlane Reid, MD, was awarded the highest honor the psychiatric profession bestows – Distinguished Life Fellow status – at the American Psychiatric Association’s annual meeting in New York this month. 

During his more than 35 years as a practicing psychiatrist, Reid has been recognized locally, regionally, and nationally for his clinical excellence, teaching and administrative leadership. 

On May 5, the APA recognized him as a Distinguished Life Fellow for a lifetime dedicated to improving the lives of people with mental illness through clinical practice, research, community outreach and public policy/advocacy work.

“Excellence, not mere competence, is the hallmark of an APA Distinguished Life Fellow,” the APA noted during its 58th Convocation of Distinguished Fellows Ceremony.  

Over the years, Reid has worked with adults, couples, adolescents and families, both in private practice as well as in hospital and residential treatment settings. He has served in a number of leadership positions at Sarasota Memorial during the past 20 years, including Vice President of Medical Affairs, Chief of Staff and Medical Director of the health system’s Bayside Center for Behavioral Health. He continues to work with Sarasota Memorial’s First Physicians Group providing psychiatric care for patients at Bayside and volunteer for mental health causes and events of social and medical significance.

Before coming to Sarasota Memorial, he worked in private practice in Venice from 1989-1998 and served as medical director of Venice Hospital Psychiatric Institute for eight years, until June 1997. Previously, he worked in private practice and as medical director for mental health agencies in Connecticut.

He has received multiple awards and honors for academic contributions, research with the National Institutes for Health and scientific presentations, and has served as clinical professor in psychiatry at the University of Florida and Veterans Administration Center in Gainesville. Current and past professional memberships include the American Psychiatric Association, Florida Medical Association, Sarasota County Medical Society, American Society of Microbiology and American Association for Advancement of Science.  

A native of the city of Avalon on Catalina Island, California, Reid completed his undergraduate and master’s degree at the University of California in Santa Barbara, as well as a doctorate degree in molecular biology in 1966.  He completed a post-doctoral fellowship with the National Institutes of Health and Stanford University School of Medicine’s Department of Biochemistry in 1968. He earned his medical degree at the University of Connecticut in Farmington, CT, in 1978, and board certification from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in 1979.

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