NHH Doctor Recognized With National Exemplary Psychiatrist Award

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Hospital (NHH) and the State organization

of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI NH) today announce that

NHH’s Dr. Alex de Nesnera has been awarded the prestigious Exemplary

Psychiatrist Award, an honor NAMI’s National Office gives to psychiatrists

who have succeeded in improving the lives of people with mental illnesses.

The recipients, all physicians who routinely go the extra mile, serve as

role models for their professional colleagues and represent those

psychiatrists who have made significant contributions to local or state

NAMI activities.

“Dr. de Nesnera has dedicated his career to working in the public sector

with adults who have serious mental illness,” said Ken Norton, Executive

Director of the state organization of NAMI, which nominated de Nesnera for

the award. “For more than two decades, he has worked on the units as a

psychiatrist at New Hampshire Hospital, our only state psychiatric

facility, and treats people whose symptoms are so severe that they are

unable to be treated in a community setting. Dr. de Nesnera has a

well-earned reputation of being a team player, and his selection as a 2012

Exemplary Psychiatrist Award winner is an extremely fitting tribute to his

record of excellence.”

“Dr. de Nesnera looks at the entire system and includes family,

community-service providers and the client equally in treatment planning,”

said Norton. “He listens intently and has a gift for developing strong

therapeutic relationships with all types of people. His personal qualities

of being warm, compassionate, humorous, and approachable have earned him

the respect of his colleagues, clients and their families, and I’m thrilled

he has been recognized with this prestigious award.”

“Dr. de Nesnera has been an integral part of the shaping of our mental

health care system in New Hampshire,” said NHH’s Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Robert MacLeod. “I am pleased to see this impressive, empathetic,

kind, accessible and humble man, not only nominated, but selected as a 2012

Exemplary Psychiatrist Award recipient, that his many contributions have

been acknowledged, and that his colleagues recognize the difference he has

made at the community, state and federal levels to better the quality of

life for a vulnerable population.”

“This is a great honor, and I feel fortunate to be able to work with so

many wonderful people in so many venues,” said de Nesnera. “And, while an

extraordinary honor for me personally, I also believe it is important for

New Hampshire Hospital, the Bureau of Behavioral Health, the Department of

Health and Human Services, and Dartmouth. I think the word needs to go out

that we do good work, and one reason for that is the people who provide

services to our patients. When I accept this award I will be thinking of

the individuals I work and interact with, in so many venues, every day.”

Dr. de Nesnera will be formally recognized by NAMI at the annual meeting of

the American Psychiatric Association being held in next month in


Dr. de Nesnera serves as the associate medical director at NHH where he has

worked for more than 20 years. He is a former board member of NAMI NH and

has been a Distinguished Fellow with the American Psychiatric Association

since 2003. Dr. de Nesnera is a past president of the New Hampshire

Psychiatric Association. He has been a strong and effective advocate before

the state and federal Legislatures on behalf of those with mental

illnesses, and has advanced the NAMI perspective in shaping state and local

services. Dr. de Nesnera is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the

Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, a role that provides him the

opportunity to impart his knowledge and skills to students and residents,

and to ensure that his legacy of delivering comprehensive treatment, which

incorporates the medical, rehabilitative and social needs of the patient,