Dr. Walter Afield
Medical Director and NPI Founder
In 1970 The Neuropsychiatric Institute (NPI) was founded as the private practice entity of The University of South Florida College of Medicine's Psychiatry Department. This College of Medicine was one of seven new medical schools simultaneously being built in the United States. Psychiatry was the first clinical Department in the School. In 1974, when the School graduated its first class, The Neuropsychiatric Institute became Florida's first private interdisciplinary mental health practice consisting of neuropsychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses and mental health counselors.
With Board Certified Adult and Child Neuropsychiatrists running the programs, the Institute has made major contributions, both inpatient and outpatient, in the areas of mental health care. The first Chronic Pain Clinic in the Southeast was created in 1974 by a neurosurgeon/psychiatrist. Throughout the years, the Neuropsychiatric Institute has been at the forefront of mental health care innovation and has created inpatient and outpatient addiction programs for Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Eating Disorders, Gambling Addiction, Sexual Dysfunction, and a comprehensive Children's Program. In 1982, NPI introduced the first Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber to the Tampa Bay Area. In 1984, The Neuropsychiatric Institute created a Managed Behavioral Health Services Program in conjunction with Cigna Health Care, with offices in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Jacksonville, Tampa, St. Petersburg and Brandon. It grew to a national company and was the first mental health managed care program in the United States. Testimony before the U.S. Congress by NPI's Director was part of the beginning of many beneficial changes in American health care delivery systems.
Today, The Neuropsychiatric Institute provides extensive outpatient Behavioral Health Services in the Tampa Bay Area. Our clinical staff is made up of Neuropsychiatrists, Psychologists, Nurse Practitioners, Mental Health Counselors and Massage Therapists. We use a multidisciplinary team approach to treatment.