United Rehabilitation Services of Greater Dayton recognized Julie Gentile, M.D., professor and interim chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, with the Harold F. Hilty Humanitarian Award on Aug. 8 at the organization’s 61st annual awards dinner in Dayton.
The Harold F. Hilty Humanitarian Award is a prestigious honor given to professionals who provide services to people with disabilities. Gentile was recognized for her efforts in advocating for children and adults with disabilities. She was honored for her humanistic approach to collaborating with individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities and their families to improve quality of life and community inclusion.
The award was started in order to honor the contributions of Harold F. Hilty, M.D., a local physician who served on the inaugural board of directors of United Rehabilitation Services and was a pediatric orthopedist at Barney's Hospital CP Clinic and Miami Valley Hospital. He was known for caring and advocating for those with disabilities, ensuring access to treatment and supporting parents and educating other professionals.
Gentile is the project director for Ohio’s Coordinating Center of Excellence in Mental Illness/Intellectual Disability. She also is the project director of Ohio’s Telepsychiatry Project for Intellectual Disability.
She also has served as the professor of dual diagnosis for the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the Ohio Department of Developmental Disability and the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council since 2003.
She is the recipient of both the American Psychiatric Association’s and the National Association for the Dually Diagnosed’s Frank J. Menolascino Award for Excellence in Psychiatric Services for Developmental Disabilities, the Excellence in Contributions to Clinical Practice Award from the National Association for the Dually Diagnosed, and a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. In addition, she received the Nancy Roeske Award in Medical Education from the American Psychiatric Association, along with numerous teaching awards.
Gentile earned her M.D. degree from Wright State in 1996. She completed her residency through the Wright State University Department of Psychiatry in 2000.