Kenneth J. Krajewski, M.D., associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and chief of substance abuse and special services at Harris County Psychiatric Center (UTHealth HCPC), died May 24, 2017, after battling a prolonged illness. He was 67 years old.
Dr. Krajewski was born in Illinois and obtained his bachelor’s of science, master’s in biochemistry, and doctor of medicine at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, where he completed his psychiatric residency as chief resident in 1979. Dr. Krajewski began working as part of the Hermann Hospital/UTMSH system in 1981 and in 1987 was among the first medical staff hired at HCPC, serving the university for over 36 years.
In 1989, Dr. Krajewski was named chief of Substance Abuse and Special Services, and thereafter focused his work on acute mental illness and comorbid substance abuse. He was sought out for his teaching skills and was on the Dean’s Excellence Teaching List from 1983 to 1990 consecutively and was awarded the Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award in 1991, 1993, 2008, 2009, and 2010.
Beloved by his colleagues and the clinical team on the Dual Diagnosis and Substance Abuse Unit 3B, Dr. Krajewski inspired others as he continued to work with dedication and enthusiasm despite illness. He will remembered for the depth of his knowledge, his dedication to teaching residents and medical students, his care and commitment to patients, and his steadfastly positive attitude.