Dr. Ed Kantor is an associate professor and the residency director for psychiatry at MUSC (the Medical University of South Carolina) and is a distinguished fellow in the American Psychiatric Association. His clinical work is predominantly in emergency psychiatry, general hospital psychiatry, and geriatrics. He also supervises residents in a variety of outpatient training settings including a new collaborative care project in HIV psychiatry with the infectious diseases division and the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center.
Dr. Kantor serves as a co-director for the combined training programs in internal medicine/psychiatry and neurology/psychiatry. He serves as the co-chair of the College of Medicine’s graduate medical education (GME), diversity strategic planning committee and has expanded the diversity planning, education, and recruitment efforts for residency training in psychiatry and across the medical specialties.
He completed his premedical training at the University of Pennsylvania, and attended Hahnemann University in Philadelphia for medical school (now Drexel University) and a psychiatry residency (chief residency) at the University of Virginia, in Charlottesville. He also serves as the state liaison/chair for disaster psychiatry for the South Carolina Psychiatric Association and is a member of the GAP committee on disasters and the world, and a co-author of Disaster Psychiatry, Readiness, Evaluation and Treatment (APPI 2012) and Hidden Impact, What to know before the next disaster (2010).
Before coming to MUSC, Dr. Kantor was the residency director at the University of Virginia, in Charlottesville, where he was active in community mental health, and disaster and emergency response. There he was the first medical director of a joint university-community crisis stabilization program, and helped to found the regional police mental health training initiative. Clinically, he has served as the director of consult-liaison, emergency and community psychiatry division since 2003 and held appointments in psychiatry and emergency medicine. He is board certified in psychiatry, psychosomatic medicine through the ABPN and has interprofessional board certification in traumatic stress and crisis and emergency response through the AAETS.
He also obtained a demonstration grant from HHS for a community service, public education leadership project for medical students using a disaster response focus, which became the first student-led medical reserve corps (UVAMRC) in 2003. The program was recognized by the U.S. Surgeon General’s Office as a model program for universities. Dr. Kantor also received an NIMH outreach mental health education grant to promote public and professional understanding and to decrease stigma related to mental illness. In medical school he served as a volunteer and director of the Homeless Clinics Project in Philadelphia, a student-run health care project, which was recognized as the 809th point of light by the President of the United States in 1992.