Dr. Antonio Vian was born in Portugal. After graduating from high school he moved to Spain to pursue his Medical Degree at the University of Salamanca, so he learned early in life what it means to adapt to a different country, language and culture.
As a medical student, Antonio co-founded the University of Salamanca’s Model United Nations, its first English-speaking debate group. He went on to represent his university at Harvard University Model United Nations as a delegate for the World Health Organization, where his delegation received an Honorable Mention.
Antonio is quite familiar with American culture and has visited the US several times. As a medical student Dr. Vian did a clinical elective at Yale University in New Haven, CT. More recently he worked for 6 months as a visiting researcher at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, where he helped develop computer based language analysis techniques for the diagnosis of mental disorders. Also, Antonio has several family members living in Miami, whom he visits on a yearly basis.
Dr. Vian completed his Psychiatry training at Fundación Jimenéz Díaz Hospital in Madrid, where he acquired vast experience as a general psychiatrist. He is proficient in diagnosing and treating prevalent mental disorders such as anxiety and depression, and he also received specific training in bipolar disorder, early onset psychosis, OCD and adult ADHD.
Furthermore, Dr. Vian has a special interest in sleep medicine. Sleep disorders are commonly treated with excessive medication that often has high dependence potential and works poorly in the long term. Dr. Vian has developed expertise in a wide range of evidence-based psychotherapeutic and targeted pharmacologic approaches that have been proven effective to treat chronic insomnia and prevent relapses.
Currently, Dr. Vian combines his clinical work at SINEWS with his work at Hospital Infanta Elena, where he works as the liaison psychiatrist responsible for bridging the gap between hospital-based mental health specialists and primary care physicians. His work includes visiting several primary care centers where he delivers direct care to patients with complex needs, sets up procedures to ensure early diagnosis of psychiatric disorders, and trains over 60 primary care physicians.
Dr. Vian is also completing his PhD in neuroscience at the Autónoma University of Madrid.