Gregory L. Fricchione, MD
Dr. Fricchione has been at Harvard Medical School (HMS) since 1993 when he was appointed an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and director of the Medical Psychiatry Service at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Fricchione received his M.D. from New York University School of Medicine. He completed his internship at New York University-Bellevue and Manhattan Veterans Administration Hospitals. He also did his residency in Psychiatry and was Chief Resident at New York University’s Bellevue Hospital. He also was a Fellow in Psychosomatic Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital’s Department of Psychiatry from 1982 to 1983. He is board certified in psychiatry and has added qualifications in geriatric psychiatry.
His hospital appointments have included: Massachusetts General Hospital as a psychiatrist in the Psychopharmacology Unit and as a project psychiatrist and physician in the Cardiac Rehabilitation Unit (1982-1983) and the State University of New York at Stony Brook Health Science Center as Director of the Psychiatry Consultation Division. In 1987-88 he was in New Zealand as a Visiting Senior Lecturer and psychiatric consultant at Auckland Hospital. From 1993 to 2000, he worked at Brigham and Women’s Hospital as Director of the Medical Psychiatry Service. From 1998 to 2000 he also served as Director of Research at the Mind/Body Medical Institute. He joined the Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia, while on leave of absence from HMS. While there he worked with Mrs. Rosalynn Carter and former President Jimmy Carter on public and international mental health issues and policy. While at the Carter Center, he directed the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships in Mental Health Journalism. In July 2002 he returned to HMS and to Massachusetts General Hospital as Associate Chief of Psychiatry and Director of the Division of Psychiatry and Medicine and of the Division of International Psychiatry. He stepped down as Director of the International Division of Psychiatry in 2009, but remains an active participant as a Senior Scientist.
Besides his clinical experience in general hospital psychiatry, Dr. Fricchione is committed to education. He has taught in the medical schools at New York University, the State University of New York at Stony Brook, University of Auckland and at Emory University as well as at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Fricchione has been an active researcher and has published over seventy journal articles since 1983. He has made important original contributions to the treatment of patients with catatonia and to the management of cardiac patients who suffer from co-morbid psychiatric conditions. He is a co-author on 2 upcoming books, one on catatonia and the other on the connection between depression and heart disease and is at work on a book looking at brain evolution, the dialectical relationship between separation and attachment and its importance for medicine and the human experience. Most recently he has been involved in research on neuroimmune mechanisms underlying diseases that connect mind and body. He also has been a reviewer for many major medical journals.