Otto Dörr Zegers, maestro psiquiatría

Dr. Otto Dörr Zegers is a physician from the University of Chile, Doctor of Medicine from Heidelberg University (Germany), and a specialist in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy from the same university. He is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Chile and Emeritus Professor at Diego Portales University. He has a long and profitable professional trajectory that includes countless publications in scientific journals, as well as over twenty prizes, scholarships, and honors in Chile and abroad.

He was the director of the Department of Psychiatry at the South Campus of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Chile’s South Headquarters between 1989 and 1992, and Head of Clinical Service from Santiago’s Psychiatry Hospital between 1992 and 2008, year in which he retired. In this assistance facility, he trained around 400 Chilean scholarship holders and received around 30 psychiatrists from abroad for postgraduate residencies during distinct terms since his return to Chile in 1981.

One of Dr. Dörr’s major global contributions is his authorship of the concept of Bulimia nervosa. The renowned psychiatrist described this pathology with the name “Syndrome of hyperphagia followed by vomiting in a young woman” in an article published in the Chilean Journal of Neuropsychiatry in 1972; however, seven years later the English author Gerald Russell was considered the creator of this concept. Fifteen years had to pass for doctor Dörr to be recognized as the true “father of bulimia”, which was revealed through a publication in the International Journal of Eating Disorders, where the English translation of the original Chilean psychiatry article was issued.