Ole J. Thienhaus, MD, MBA, FACPsych

Professor of Psychiatry
Department Chair

Dr. Thienhaus earned his medical degree from the Free University of Berlin, West Germany, in 1978, and his MBA in marketing and management from the University of Cincinnati in 1985. He completed a fellowship in geriatric psychiatry in 1984 and a residency in psychiatry in 1983 at the University of Cincinnati and an internship in general surgery in Germany in 1979.

Prior to joining the University of Nevada in 1996, Dr. Thienhaus was with the University of Cincinnati, where he served as chief clinical officer of University Hospital Cincinnati, associate professor of psychiatry and emergency medicine and vice chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, and director of the Psychiatric Emergency Service at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. He also was a psychiatric consultant to the Cincinnati V.A. Medical Center.

He serves as a senior examiner for specialty board examinations and as a member of the Maintenance of Certification Committee of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He also is a consultant to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services of the Hospital Accreditation Program in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He is an ad hoc study section reviewer for the National Institutes of Health (epidemiology) and the National Institute of Mental Health (geriatrics).

Dr. Thienhaus is a distinguished life fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists and the Arnold P. Gold Humanism Honor Society. He has received numerous awards and honors, including the Cancro Academic Leadership Award of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, presented in 2011; and the Nevada Business Journal's Healthcare Hero Award, the Senatorial Recognition for Service on the Sanford Center for Aging Scholarship Committee and the U.S. Senate Certificate of Commendation: Celebration of Scholars in Aging, all presented in 2010. He was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha national medical honor society in 2009. He also has been a visiting professor at Phramongkutklao College of Medicine, Bangkok, and the University of Chang Mai School of Medicine, Chang Mai, Thailand; and the University of Kyrgyzstan College of Medicine in Bishkek.

Dr. Thienhaus is the author or editor of several books, including "Correctional Psychiatry, Volumes I and II;" "Manual of Hospital Psychiatry" and, in a different vein altogether, "Jewish-Christian Dialogue - The Example of Gilbert Crispin." His scientific journal articles have appeared in many publications, including the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, American Family Physician, American Journal of Psychiatry, Psychiatric Services, Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, Harvard Mental Health Letter and Psychiatric Times. He serves on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology and the Annals of Pharmacotherapy.  

His professional memberships include the Maricopa County Medical Society, American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association and the American College of Psychiatrists. He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, with an additional qualification in geriatric psychiatry, and is licensed by the Arizona Board of Medical Examiners.