Leader in Medicine

Carolyn Drazinic


Carolyn Drazinic, MD, PhD, MBA is recognized by the American Health Council as “Best in Medicine” for her outstanding contributions to the medical field. Dr. Drazinic is currently the Chief Medical Officer for the Florida State Mental Health Hospitals. Prior to her new role, Dr. Drazinic was an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine — University of Miami and an attending psychiatrist at both the University of Connecticut Health Center in New Haven and the University of Miami Health System — University of Miami Hospital. Since entering the healthcare industry over 16 years ago, Dr. Drazinic has garnered comprehensive skills and knowledge in psychiatry, Huntington’s disease and psychiatric manifestation in genetic syndromes.

Dr. Drazinic earned a bachelor’s degree in biological and medical science in 1990 and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in molecular genetics and microbiology in 1996 at the University of Florida. After earning a medical degree from the University of Florida College of Medicine in 1998, Dr. Drazinic completed an adult psychiatry residency at Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, where she was awarded the Laughlin Top Resident Award in 2002. She remained at the renowned institution to complete a forensic psychiatry fellowship in 2003. She is fellowship-trained in neuropsychiatry at the West Haven VA Medical Center, an affiliate of Yale School of Medicine, and trained in child neurodevelopmental psychiatry at Yale Child Study Center. Board-certified in psychiatry and forensic psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and addiction medicine by the American Board of Addiction Medicine, Dr. Drazinic established a strong foundation to build a successful career.

As the first and former Chief Medical Officer of Psychiatry at Jackson Behavioral Health Hospital in Miami, Dr. Drazinic diversified her skills to include leadership. She is an expert in Huntington’s disease — an inherited disease that causes the breakdown of nerve cells in the brain — and served as the director of the Huntington’s Disease Program from 2005 to 2015. During her time as director, she developed a technique to treat her patients’ behavioral problems, including irritability and mood swings as well as neurological problems.

Her outstanding knowledge and dedication earned her a top feature on the International Association of Healthcare Professionals’ “The Leading Physicians of the World” and was named a Top Doctors in Psychiatry in Florida in 2017. She is an active member of the American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the American College of Physician Executives, the Connecticut State Medical Society and the Connecticut Psychiatric Society. She served as past-president of the latter in 2013.

In her free time, Dr. Drazinic enjoys dancing, listening to music, playing the piano, singing and composing songs. She donates time and funds to the American Red Cross and the United Way. With a successful career at hand, she attributes her achievements to her great mentors, her work ethic and her dedication to improving others’ health and well-being. In the upcoming years, Dr. Drazinic plans to assume an executive position where she can create a greater impact on patient care.

Chief Medical Officer for the Florida State Mental Health Hospitals

  • Florida Department of Children and Families

Previously an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine – University of Miami 

  • The mission of the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine and the University of Miami Health System is to be a state-of-the-art academic medical center. This will be accomplished by delivering high-quality, compassionate healthcare, leading life-changing discoveries and transforming patient care through innovative research, educating the next generation of medical leaders, promoting the health and well-being of our community and nurturing diversity, and equity.
  • The 2014 strategic planning process engaged nearly 200 faculty and staff of all levels at the University of Miami Health (UHealth) and Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. The strategic plan that was developed is intended to be a map that guides the next five years and positions us to realize our vision of establishing our medical school and health care delivery system as leading clinical, educational and research enterprises.
  • The plan outlines four strategic priorities that will guide our growth, as well as the use and allocation of resources and effort. Under each strategic priority is a series of organizational goals, which are the more specific outcomes we are setting out to achieve. Categorized by mission (Clinical, Research, Education, or Community), each goal is described and initiatives are detailed that illustrate the intention of that goal.

Source: www.med.miami.edu

Professional Affiliations

  • American Medical Association
  • American Psychiatric Association
  • American College of Physician Executives
  • Connecticut State Medical Society
  • Connecticut Psychiatric Society