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Dr. Bruce Ballard

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Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Psychiatrist

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Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Shrimp
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Sarasota, Florida
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
12/19/1939
Birth Location:
Waverly Hills, Kentucky

Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Psychiatrist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Shrimp
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Sarasota, Florida
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
12/19/1939
Birth Location:
Waverly Hills
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Biography

Psychiatrist Dr. Bruce Ballard was born in Waverly Hills, Kentucky, on December 19, 1939. The youngest of four children, Ballard was the son of a physician and a secretary. Ballard attended Yale University, where he graduated magna cum laude in 1960, and went on to Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, earning an M.D. in 1964.

Ballard began his career in Chicago, Illinois, performing his internship at Michael Reese Hospital from 1964 to 1965. From there, he began his residency at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, where he remained for three years. Joining the Air Force in 1968, Ballard was sent to Hawaii's Hickam Air Force Base as the chief of mental health services, and after completing his service, he returned to New York in 1970. Taking a position at the Harlem Hospital Center, he was involved in the training of students performing their residencies. Ballard took a position with New York Hospital-Westchester in 1976 as the associate director of the Adult Outpatient Department and later as the coordinator of the residency program. In 1981, Ballard was hired by Cornell University as the associate dean for equal opportunity programs, and today he still works in that capacity as well as serving as the associate dean for student affairs. He has also maintained a private practice since 1972.

Ballard has been the director of the Travelers Summer Research Fellowship Program since 1981. The program aims to increase the numbers of underrepresented minorities enrolled in medical school programs through hands-on experience at partner universities. Ballard has also been active on a number of committees, and has chaired the Committee of Black Psychiatrists of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and the Selection and Advisory Committee for the National Institute of Mental Health Minority Fellowship Program of the APA. He has published numerous scholarly articles, served on the editorial boards of several textbooks, and given presentations to various groups on ethnicity and psychiatry. The Air Force presented him with a Commendation Medal in 1970, and the APA presented him with the Nancy C.A. Roeske, M.D. Award for Excellence in Medical Student Education in 2001. Ballard and his wife, Eleanor, live in New York. They have two children.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Dr. Bruce Ballard narrates his photographs
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Slating of Dr. Bruce Ballard's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Dr. Bruce Ballard lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Dr. Bruce Ballard describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Dr. Bruce Ballard talks about his father's family history, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Dr. Bruce Ballard talks about his father's family history, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Dr. Bruce Ballard describes his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Dr. Bruce Ballard describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up in Waverly Hills, Kentucky
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Dr. Bruce Ballard recalls his early childhood education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Dr. Bruce Ballard explains the intellectual and social environment of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Dr. Bruce Ballard describes the racial segregation in Louisville, Kentucky during his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Dr. Bruce Ballard remembers the African American community of his childhood in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Dr. Bruce Ballard explains his father's efforts to combat tuberculosis
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Dr. Bruce Ballard recalls his time at Louisville Central High School in Louisville, Kentucky during the 1950s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Dr. Bruce Ballard describes the impact of the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Dr. Bruce Ballard explains how he decided to attend Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Dr. Bruce Ballard describes the demographics of the class of 1960 at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Dr. Bruce Ballard describes his experiences at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Dr. Bruce Ballard recalls his trips to New York, New York as a college student
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Dr. Bruce Ballard talks about how he spent his summers during college and his graduation from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Dr. Bruce Ballard recalls entering Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, New York in 1960
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Dr. Bruce Ballard describes the coursework that interested him at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Dr. Bruce Ballard talks about his early interest in studying psychiatry
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Dr. Bruce Ballard explains his decision to specialize in psychiatry
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Dr. Bruce Ballard talks about the origins and evolution of psychiatry
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Dr. Bruce Ballard describes his residency at New York State Psychiatric Institute
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Dr. Bruce Ballard talks about Dr. Elizabeth Davis
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Dr. Bruce Ballard talks about the New York State Psychiatric Institute and HistoryMaker Dr. Alvin Poussaint
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Dr. Bruce Ballard explains how he was stationed at Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii in 1968
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Dr. Bruce Ballard describes the population he treated at Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Dr. Bruce Ballard recalls lessons learned while a psychiatrist at Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Dr. Bruce Ballard describes his analytic training
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Dr. Bruce Ballard talks about his tenure as chair of Harlem Hospital's psychiatric residency training program
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Dr. Bruce Ballard talks about the APA and Cornell University's New York-Presbyterian Hospital's Westchester Division
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Dr. Bruce Ballard explains how he became associate dean for minority affairs at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, New York
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Dr. Bruce Ballard details his work as the associate dean for minority affairs at Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Dr. Bruce Ballard details his work as the associate dean for minority affairs at Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Dr. Bruce Ballard explains his cross-cultural approach to psychiatry
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Dr. Bruce Ballard talks about the current focus on cultural competence in the field of medicine
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Dr. Bruce Ballard speculates about his future pursuits
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Dr. Bruce Ballard explains the need for African American psychiatric educators
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Dr. Bruce Ballard describes his concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Dr. Bruce Ballard shares his views on integration
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Dr. Bruce Ballard talks about advances in the field of psychiatry
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Dr. Bruce Ballard explains why he would enter psychiatry again
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Dr. Bruce Ballard reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Dr. Bruce Ballard describes his parents' impression of his career