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Dr. Bruno Lima, psychiatrist, dies


Dr. Bruno R. Lima, a psychiatrist who was an expert on the mental health of survivors of natural disasters and the problems of Latin minorities, died Sunday at a hospital in Chicago of complications of a rare form of chronic leukemia.

Dr. Lima, who was 41 and lived on Seminary Avenue in Lutherville, was an associate professor of psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and of mental hygiene at the School of Hygiene and Public Health.

Last year, he was named director of the Johns Hopkins Community Psychiatry Program of which he had been associate director for the past six years. In 1991, he established a clinic for Spanish-speaking people in East Baltimore.

He had also practiced with Health Care for the Homeless and served on the board of Changing Directions Inc., which helps rehabilitate people with disabling mental illnesses.

A native of Pelotas in Brazil, he was a 1974 graduate of the Porto Alegre School of Medicine of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sol.

He then came to the United States and was trained in psychiatry at New York University before serving a psychiatric residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital from 1976 until 1979.

In 1979, he also received a master's degree from the Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Heath.

Through the World Health Organization, he studied the role of primary health care providers in the treatment of psychiatric disorders. He also was a consultant to mental health agencies in Central and South America through the Pan American Health Organization and received several awards for his research on the survivors of Latin American volcanic eruptions and earthquakes.

Services were conducted yesterday at the Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

Survivors include his wife, Ana Maciel-Lima; a son, Fabian Lima, and daughter, Julia Lima, both of Lutherville; his parents, Rosah Russomano and Alcides de Mendonca Lima, both of Pelotas; and a sister, Naile Russomano of Pelotas.

Two memorial funds have been established at the Maryland National Bank branch in Lutherville, the Lima Hispanic Mental Health Fund, for program development, and the Bruno R. Lima Family Fund, for his children.

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