January 2015
Obituary - Prof. Juan Jose Lopez-Ibor

Prof. Juan Jose Lopez-Ibor’s demise is a grave personal distress. I have lost a true, sincere and loyal friend.

   He was born in Madrid, Spain in1941; he is a father to four children and a grandfather as well. Juan obtained his M.D. and PhD with the highest awards from the Complutense University of Madrid. He then specialized in Neurology and Psychiatry. His psychiatric training was completed in the University of Frankfurt, Germany, at the Maudsley and Saint Bartholomew Hospitals in London and in  the Cantonal Hospital of Vaud in Switzerland.

   He remained Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology, School of Medicine, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain as well as President of the Juan José López-Ibor Foundation. He was borawarded a Fellowship of the Royal National Academy of Medicine of Spain. He was a corresponding fellow of the Royal Academy of Medicine of Zaragoza, a member of the National Board of Psychiatry and Director, WHO Research and Training Center for Spain (San Carlos Hospital Site).  Juan was the Past-President of the International College of Psychosomatic Medicine, the Spanish Society of Psychiatry and the Spanish Society for Biological Psychiatry. Juan was the President of the World Psychiatric Association (1999-2002). He was full Professor (Chairman) in the Universities of Oviedo of Salamanca and in Alcalá de Henares and Head of the Psychiatric Unit of the Ramón y Cajal Hospital in Madrid.

   He  was also a member of the European Community Task Force for the European Decade of the Brain Research and Chairperson of the Board of Sanitas (the largest private insurance company in Spain, owned by BUPA, UK). 
   He is the author of 53 books, alone or in collaboration, and of 219 chapter monographs by other authors. He has published more than 330 papers in scientific journals (most of them international journals) and presented more than 1500 papers and communications in scientific meetings, mainly on the topics of mood disorders, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, classification in psychiatry, CT and SPECT in psychiatry and psycho-neuro-endocrinology.

   He was awarded further honours including being made an Honorary Fellow of the Societé Medico-Psychologique, SocietáItaliana di Psichiatria, Egyptian Psychiatric Association, Sociedad Chilena de Neurología, Neurocirugía y Psiquiatría, Hungarian Psychiatric Association and the  Royal College of Psychiatrists.

   His editorial contributions included being both the editor and being on the editorial board of   many scientific journals which included ActasLuso-Españolas de Neurología, Psiquiatría y CienciasAfines, Comprehensive Psychiatry, ArchivfürPsychiatrie und Nervenkrankheiten, Integrative Psychiatry, General Hospital Psychiatry, Journal of Psychopharmacology, European Neuropsychopharmacology, Human Psychopharmacology, Neurology, Psychiatry and Brain Research and Neuropsychobiology). 

   Juan was a man with a vision in all aspects of life, in psychiatry, philosophy, spirituality, culture and ethics.

   Juan and I worked closely together for almost 45 years. We shared personal experiences in life and visited many countries around the world attending different scientific meetings and congresses and over the years became very close friends. His joy for life was evident throughout his career.  I remember him flying to Cairo especially with his family just to attend the opera ‘Aida’ when it was performed on a stage in the pyramids plateau!!!!! Also an unforgettable experience when he arranged for my wife and I to go on a cruise of the Greek islands with a group of friends, another unique experience when he arranged a conference in Avila in Spain on “Religion, Spirituality and Mental Health”.

   He may have passed away physically, but he left a long lasting impact and legacy on his friends, colleagues and students worldwide with his deep humanistic vision of life.

   Juan will always be remembered as an impeccable leader of the WPA with his impact on world psychiatry, an altruistic sincere scientist and most of all, an eternal friend in life and death.God bless his soul and give his family patience and solace in dealing with their great loss.  

Ahmed Okasha
WPA President (2002-2005)




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