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Brigadier General (ret) Stephen Xenakis, MD

Position: Anti-Torture Advisor
Brigadier General (ret) Stephen Xenakis, MD

Dr. Stephen Xenakis is a retired brigadier general and Army medical corps officer with 28 years of active service. He is an adjunct clinical professor at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences. He is the Founder of the Center for Translational Medicine, a nonprofit that conducts clinical research and development. He has been a senior adviser to the Department of Defense on neurobehavioral conditions and medical management. Dr. Xenakis serves as an anti-torture advisor to Physicians for Human Rights and belongs to the group of retired generals and admirals convened by Human Rights First. His clinical practice has been broad and varied over the past 40 years, including expert consultation to military attorneys and providing inpatient care, substance abuse and alcohol treatment, and community health services.

Dr. Xenakis is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in General Psychiatry, as well as Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He has extensive experience in clinical psychiatry,research, teaching, and administration. While in the United States Army, Dr. Xenakis served in multiple positions of responsibility as a clinician and commander. He commanded medical activities, medical centers, and medical regions for most of the last 10 years of duty. During his career, he served as an assistant inspector general for The Surgeon General of the Army and was the adjudicating authority for credentialing and privileging actions for numerous providers.

The Federal Courts and the Office of the Military Commissions have qualified Dr. Xenakis as a psychiatric and medical expert in numerous cases of detainees at Guantánamo Naval Base and accused terrorists. Having spent cumulatively nearly three months at Guantánamo Naval Base over the past four and a half years, Dr. Xenakis has interviewed multiple detainees at Guantánamo and advised attorneys on their respective cases. He currently provides consultation and expert testimony as needed on approximately seven current or former detainees. Dr. Xenakis has reviewed medical, intelligence,and military files of nearly 50 detainees and accused terrorists as a consultant to attorneys, government authorities, and human rights organizations. The individuals have included high-value detainees, convicted belligerents, and others awaiting release and return to their homes.