Lori Altshuler, M.D., 58, of Manhattan Beach, California, died peacefully at home after a long illness on November 5, 2015. Born August 23, 1957, in Englewood, New Jersey, Lori was a loving mother to sons Eric and Daniel, while leading a distinguished career in the field of psychiatry. Lori received her B.A. and M.D. degrees from Cornell University, and completed a fellowship in biological psychiatry at the National Institute of Mental Health. At NIMH, Lori began pioneering work in magnetic resonance imaging to assess changes in the brain of patients with psychiatric disorders. Lori joined the UCLA faculty in 1989, was appointed chief of the bipolar disorders clinic at Brentwood VA in 1991, and in 1995 established the UCLA Mood Disorders Research Program. In 2004, Lori was honored with the Julia S. Gouw Endowed Chair in Mood Disorders at UCLA. Over more than 30 years, Lori advanced the understanding of fundamental mechanisms of mood dysregulation with innovative research; shared her findings extensively in research papers and talks; and took an active interest in mentoring the next generation of researchers. She received 58 grants, including 11 major research grants from NIMH and 3 from the Department of Veteran Affairs; published more than 265 articles in peer-reviewed journals; authored 23 chapters in scholarly texts; and presented more than 50 major addresses at research conferences worldwide. Lori's professional accomplishments were well recognized. She was named a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association in 1997, and received The 2014 Award for Research in Mood Disorders from the American College of Psychiatrists. In between she received many other awards including the Southern California Psychiatric Society's 2008 Award for Outstanding Achievement and the 2006 Falcone Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Affective Disorders Research. Her peers acknowledged her clinical acumen by electing her to the Best Doctors in America � seven times. Reflecting her deep commitment to mentoring young physicians, Lori especially prized the teaching and mentoring awards she received. For all her professional achievements, Lori's family provided her greatest joy. Raised in a close-knit family that was a source of laughter and strength, she created the same loving environment for her boys and passed on those strong family ties. Lori also cherished many deep friendships, no doubt borne from her affability and innate empathy. Indeed, to know her was to love her. In addition to sons Eric and Daniel, Lori is survived by her parents, Gloria Altshuler (the late Leonard Elberger) and Dr. Kenneth (Ruth) Altshuler; husband Greg Monfette and step-daughter Jaime Monfette; siblings Dr. Steven (Terry) Altshuler and Dara (Robert Kaplan) Altshuler; and numerous adoring nieces, nephews, cousins, and countless friends and colleagues. The UCLA Department of Psychiatry is planning a memorial service for early 2016. Please email [email protected]
to be notified about the memorial service. Contributions may be made to the Lori Altshuler, M.D. Memorial Fund: Communities Foundation of Texas, 5500 Caruth Haven Lane, Dallas, TX 75225, attn: Carolyn Newham or go to www.cftexas.org/lori-altshuler
Published by Los Angeles Times on Nov. 22, 2015.