Dr. Doug Geenens’ academic achievement began at Baldwin City High School, Baldwin City, Kansas where he was salutatorian of his graduating class, while being a member of the National Honor Society, and a Kansas State Scholar.
He attended Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas on a presidential scholarship where he majored in Biology and Chemistry and achieved a Bachelor of Science degree in 1983. He was a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity and the Blue Key National Honor Society. In addition, he was voted Homecoming King his senior year by the student body. During the summers, he was a senior counselor at a YMCA camp in the Ozarks where he supervised and counseled inner city children from Kansas City, thus initiating his interest in child psychiatry.
He attended the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, Missouri and obtained his Doctor of Osteopathy degree (D.O.) in 1987. Here he focused his interest in psychiatry in didactic courses and clinical clerkships. He graduated in the top half of his medical school class and successfully passed his board exams.
His internship was completed at the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Medicine in Kansas City, Missouri. This year was comprised of psychiatry, neurology, and internal medicine rotations. He stood out as an outstanding intern. One of the leading psychiatry programs in the United States took notice.
The Menninger Clinic offered Dr. Geenens a position in their prestigious residency in Topeka, Kansas. Here, Dr. Geenens was placed among some of the leading psychiatrists in training from all over America including medical schools such as Duke, Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, etc. Dr. Geenens threw himself into this rigorous training program achieving high marks. He participated in psychodynamic education and did extra work in psychopharmacology. He was awarded the Seeley Fellowship for outstanding academic performance and was elected as President of the Fellows Association where he functioned as Chief Resident. He was awarded one of the highest national awards, the Laughlin Fellowship, awarded to one of the top 20 graduating residents in the country, in 1991.
His achievements at Menninger were recognized by many of the top child psychiatry training programs in the country. After interviewing at the Ivy League training programs and the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Geenens chose to attend the child and adolescent training program at McLean Hospital/Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. Here he spent two years focused on the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents. He was under the direct supervision of the editor of the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology, Charles Popper, M.D., and had several other prominent mentors including Jonathon Bass, M.D., Director of Training at Boston University School of Medicine.
Dr. Geenens was awarded the New Research Award by the New England Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry for his development of the MAVRIC (Measure of Aggression, Violence, and Rage in Children), an instrument used to assess externalizing behaviors in children (with Drs. Popper and Bass). He completed his training in 1993. He was board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in psychiatry in 1991 and in child and adolescent psychiatry in 1994.
Upon completing his education, Dr. Geenens returned home to Kansas, where he began his professional career at the Menninger clinic. He provided outpatient clinical services in Topeka and Kansas City. In addition, he was faculty in psychopharmacology for 10 years, teaching in the child and adolescent training program at Menninger. He was awarded the J. Tarlton Morrow Award for outstanding educational contributions to the training program.
From 1994, Dr. Geenens developed a prominent private practice in the Kansas City area. He combined his clinical work with education and research. He was an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, teaching the psychiatry curriculum for a decade. During this time, he was awarded the Teacher of the Year Award three times. He also gained recognition as one of the top educators in the country, where he was invited to speak nationally on topics in psychopharmacology. He is well published as a clinician, writing about topics related to autism, aggression, psychopharmacology, depression, and OCD, amongst others. Within the last decade, he has been awarded Clinician and Physician of the Year Awards, by several organizations.
Currently, Dr. Geenens’ focus is on providing excellent clinical services to his patients and education to medical students and professional colleagues.