Leader in Medicine


Tristan Gorrindo, MD is the Chief of Education and Deputy Medical Director for the American Psychiatric Association (APA). He oversees undergraduate medical education (UME), graduate medical education (GME), continuing medical education (CME), and maintenance of certification (MOC) for the APA’s 38,500 members.

In this role, he is responsible for the selection of the 500 scientific sessions which make up the APA Annual Meeting; he manages 200 digital activities in the APA’s online learning ecosystem each year; and, he oversees APA’s FOCUS Journal of Lifelong Learning. In 2019, Dr. Gorrindo’s Division provided over 350,000 CME credit/hours of accredited education through online and live activities.

He also developed a number of APA initiatives related to mental health innovation. He established APA Psychiatry Innovation Lab in 2015, the Mental Health Innovation Zone in 2016, and has developed two smartphone apps to assist clinicians.

He developed a cross-departmental data infrastructure which feeds into a centralized “data lake” which allows APA to better understand the needs of its members and customers.

He is the Principal Investigator of the SAMHSA funded Clinical Support System for Serious Mental Illness — an innovative national initiative devoted to helping clinicians implement evidence based care for those with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and recurrent major depression. In total, he has been been awarded ~$17M in federal grant funding for education and technical assistance programs since 2015.

In addition to program development, he is the APA’s liaison to the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN), the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the American Association of Directors of Psychiatry Residency Training (AADPRT), the Association of Directors of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry (ADMSEP), and the Association of Academic Psychiatry (AAP). Housed within the Division of Education, he oversees the Office of HIV Psychiatry and the Office of Addiction Psychiatry.