Norfolk, Va. — At its commencement ceremony, The State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo recognized Dr. Ron Dozoretz for his pioneering leadership in behavioral health and wellness by honoring him with the 2011 State University of New York Honorary Doctorate in Science.
Dr. Dozoretz received his MD and BA from SUNY Buffalo in 1962 and 1957, respectively. He was one of two honorary degrees presented at the university's 165th commencement ceremony in Buffalo, N.Y.
"The University at Buffalo is proud to recognize our distinguished alumnus Dr. Ron Dozoretz with this honorary degree," said Satish Tripathi, president, University at Buffalo. "As an esteemed psychiatrist, pioneering health care entrepreneur, and renowned national leader and advocate for behavioral health quality and access, his work benefits millions of Americans each day.
"Ron's accomplishments are a testament to his dedication to the public good, a visionary example to all UB students, and a great source of pride for our university and the entire SUNY system," Tripathi added.
Dr. Dozoretz's career is marked by his tireless efforts to improve access to health care services. In 1987, he founded one of the nation's first managed behavioral health care companies, now known as ValueOptions. He has continued to serve as the company's chairman.
"Ron Dozoretz is a trailblazer in the area of behavioral health and wellness, having dedicated his professional life to helping people gain access to high-quality mental health care," said Heyward Donigan, current President and CEO of ValueOptions. "On behalf of ValueOptions' 2,700 employees, we congratulate him on this highly deserved recognition from SUNY Buffalo."
Dr. Dozoretz is an active contributor to the community and serves as a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association and the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems. He also regularly participates in setting industry standards and has been engaged by health policymakers in the White House to assist in developing national health care policy.
ValueOptions provides services to more than 24 million individuals through a variety of contracts with state and county agencies and, additionally, with health plans and employers. ValueOptions specializes in management for all behavioral health issues and promotes health and wellness through innovative programs.