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Paolo Cassano, MD, PhD

  • Adult Psychiatrist
  • Community Psychiatrist


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Clinical Interests
  • Near-Infrared Light Treatment for Mood Disorders
  • Major depressive disorder
  • Comorbid Anxiety Disorders
  • Latinos Mental Health
  • Community Psychiatry
  • Cross-cultural psychiatry
Medical Education
  • PhD, University of Pisa Graduate School
  • MD, University of Pisa School of Medicine & Surgery
  • Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Fellowship, S. Chiara Hospital, University of Pisa|Fellowship, Saint-Pierre University Hospital
Board Certifications
  • Psychiatry
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
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Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Behavioral Health
  • United Behavioral Health - MGH
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Dr. Cassano obtained his medical degree from the Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies of Pisa (Italy). He also received his PhD in Clinical Neuro-Psychopharmacology from the University of Pisa. In the United States, he completed his residency in psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)-McLean Hospital Adult Psychiatry Residency Program at the Harvard Medical School (Boston).

At the MGH Depression Clinical and Research Program (DCRP), Dr. Cassano has more than ten years of experience in clinical trials for the treatment of depressive disorders. As staff member of the MGH DCRP, he developed an expertise in treatment of depressive disorders with near-infrared radiation and brain bioenergetics.

Dr. Cassano has received several prestigious awards for his research work including the 1st Annual WPIC Career Development Institute Award from the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (Pittsburgh), the NIMH-NCDEU New Investigator Award, the Dupont Warren Fellowship and Livingston Research Award from the Harvard Psychiatry Department (Boston) and the NARSAD Young Investigator Award from the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation.

In the clinical field, Dr. Cassano works as a community psychiatrist and specializes in the treatment of depressive and anxiety disorders in Latinos. His research work covers studies on treatment-outcome in depressed Latinos.

As a clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School (MGH-McLean), Dr. Cassano is the Director of the Socio-Cultural Series in Community Psychiatry for the psychiatry residents and a clinical supervisor in community rotations. He also teaches the medical students in their MGH inpatient psychiatry rotation.

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Research & Publications

Research Summary
Dr. Cassano's primary interest is in biological psychiatry research for the treatment of Latinos suffering from trauma and depressive disorders.

Dr. Cassano specializes in near-infrared light treatment applied to psychiatric disorders.

View my most recent publications at PubMed

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Depression Clinical and Research Program
One Bowdoin Square
6th Floor
Boston MA, 02114-2790
Phone: 617-724-5600
Center for Anxiety and Stress Disorders
One Bowdoin Square
6th Floor
Boston MA, 02114-2790
Phone: 617-724-5600

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