• Date Of Birth: 11 April 1929
  • Date Of Death: 6 January 2021
  • Spouse: Ruth Sharp Altshuler
  • Occupation: Psychiatrist and psychoanalyst

Kenneth Z. Altshuler (April 11, 1929 – January 6, 2021) was an American psychiatrist and psychoanalyst. He was a Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and the Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

Kenneth Altshuler was born on April 11, 1929, in Paterson, New Jersey to Jacob and Altie Altshuler. He graduated from Cornell University (1948) and received his M.D. degree from the University at Buffalo, School of Medicine at age of 23 (1952). He did an internship in Kings County Hospital Center. In 1953–1955, he served in the Navy leaving the service with the rank of Lt. (J.G.) in the Medical Corps. After the military service, he underwent a specialty training in psychiatry and psychoanalysis at Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research.

He had three children from his first marriage, Steven L. Altshuler, Lori L. Altshuler and Dara Altshuler, and six grandchildren. In 1987, he married Ruth Collins Sharp, an American philanthropist. He and his late wife were known for their civic engagement in Dallas and philanthropic activities in North Texas, including to UT Southwestern. After his wife died in 2017, he established a fund at UT Southwestern, the Ruth & Ken Altshuler Fund for Clinical Psychiatry and the Kenneth Z. Altshuler Fund for Psychiatric Education, to support clinical research and education programs related to mental illness.

Altshuler died from COVID-19 complications on January 6, 2021, during the COVID-19 pandemic in Texas. – Available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License from Wikipedia.