Dinesh Bhugra

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Dinesh Bhugra
Dinesh Bhugra is a psychiatrist and academic. He has been professor of mental health and diversity at the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College London, honorary consultant psychiatrist at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists,and currently president of the World Psychiatric Association.

Personal life

Bhugra was born in Yamana Nagar in India, where he won the National Science Talent Search Scholarship to attend medical school at the Armed Forces Medical College at Poona University. He studied at Mukand Lal National Higher Secondary School, Yamuna Nagar.

Bhugra is openly gay. He has been with his partner Mike for more than 30 years.[1][2]

He was listed number 83 in the Rainbow List 2014. The citation said:

"The first gay president of the World Psychiatric Association came out publicly in November 2013, saying that his profession should apologise for the way it has treated gay people. 'There are still countries where it’s seen as an illness,' he said. 'We need to make a stand.'"[3]


  1. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/nov/27/dinesh-bhugra-psychiatry-mental-illness
  2. http://www.bilerico.com/2013/12/incoming_world_psychiatric_association_head_comes_.php
  3. "Rainbow List 2014", The Independent".