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Associate Professor



UNC Hospitals – Chapel Hill
UNC Mental Health Specialists – Chapel Hill

Education and Training:

B.A., Biology, Case Western Reserve University
M.D., Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine
Residency Training, University of North Carolina General Psychiatry Residency Program
Fellowship Training, University of North Carolina Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship Training Program

Summary Statement:

Dr. Jonathan “Jonny” Gerkin is board certified in both General Psychiatry and Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry.He is the former director of both the UNC Psychiatry Consultation Service and Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Fellowship Training Program.  Jonny’s primary clinical activities include general hospital psychiatry consultation supervising fellows, residents, medical students, physician assistant  students, and mental health counseling interns in the evaluation and management of psychiatric presentations in the medically ill. He enjoys incorporating brief psychotherapeutic interventions at the bedside that are based in mindfulness practices and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Other clinical activities include collaborating with subspecialty medical outpatient clinics such as the UNC Infectious Disease Clinic, supervising a general psychiatry residency outpatient clinic, and maintaining a small outpatient medication management and psychotherapy practice for both UNC healthcare staff/providers and private outpatients that is ACT based. His academic activities have included directing and co-directing curriculums across multiple levels of expertise, experience, and disciplines, including directing the pre-clinical and clinical behavioral medicine courses for the UNC Physician Assistant Training Program and precepting Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling Master’s Program Interns. He founded and hosts Mindful Mondays (12:15 pm via virtual format), a weekly mindfulness practice session for all faculty, staff and trainees affiliated with UNC Hospitals or School of Medicine, and has developed and implemented multiple mindfulness based curricular projects with medical staff, providers and trainees that target stress management, burnout and effective clinical practice.

Jonny Gerkin