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Nathen Spitz

University of Iowa

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry



Hailing from three-stoplight rural Osage, Iowa as a first-generation, low-income student, Nathen Spitz graduated with honors and a degree in psychology from the University of Iowa. After losing his mother at 13 while grappling with sexuality, and navigating multiple mental health conditions, he promised himself and his mom that he’d become a psychiatrist that he didn’t have access to. Nathen will start his fourth year of medical school in Fall 2022. Outside the hospital, he coordinates free clinics as the executive director of the Free Mental Health Clinic; delves into research on novel depression treatments that have been published in two peer-reviewed journals; staffs LGTBQ youth crisis hotlines through The Trevor Project; and leads LGBTQ trainings for healthcare workers. After completing his child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship, Nathen aspires to continue working with LGBTQ youth to address the mental health inequities they courageously face daily.

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