Dr. Donald Pirodsky received his Bachelor’s degree from Hofstra University in New York in 1966 and earned his M.D. from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Syracuse (currently SUNY Upstate Medical University) four years later. Dr. Pirodsky gained valuable experience during the internships and residencies that followed, and these programs helped him to choose an area of focus in medicine. Dr. Donald Pirodsky completed a straight medicine internship at the Northwestern University Medical Center in Chicago, as well as psychiatric residencies in Rochester, New York, and Tucson, Arizona, in the mid-1970s. After determining that psychiatry was his preferred field, Dr. Donald Pirodsky channeled his energy into studying the subject that became the foundation for his career.
Dr. Donald Pirodsky practiced psychiatry in the private sector for 30 years in upstate New York. Wanting to share his knowledge with other aspiring psychiatrists, Dr. Donald Pirodsky began a long and rewarding career as a Professor in the SUNY at Syracuse’s Department of Psychiatry. Although Dr. Pirodsky was interested in many areas of the field, he was particularly fascinated by clinical psychopharmacology, which became the focus of many of his courses at the University and lectures at other institutions. Dr. Donald Pirodsky also published a book on the subject of clinical psychopharmacology in 1981, with a second edition published in 1992. Additionally, he wrote several articles on the subject of clinical psychopharmacology, which were published in various scholarly and medical journals and texts.
Before transferring to Hofstra University in 1964, Dr. Donald Pirodsky spent two years at the Virginia Military Institute. He later offered his service to the military as a Surgeon for the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps at Saint Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, D.C., between 1971 and 1973. Dr. Pirodsky continued to help the country’s veterans through his service at the Syracuse VA Medical Center, where he worked as a Staff Psychiatrist and Director of Consultation and Liaison Service between 1976 and 1987.
After decades of service as psychiatrist and a professor, Dr. Donald Pirodsky relocated to Sarasota, Florida, where he resides today.