Treatment Program

The Massachusetts General Hospital Inpatient Psychiatric Service cares for adults 18 years and older who require short-term and secure medical psychiatric treatment in an acute inpatient setting.

About Inpatient Services

Stanley Cobb, MD, the Department of Psychiatry's first chief, started an inpatient psychiatry service at Mass General Hospital in the mid 1930s. By locating the unit within the general hospital, he offered a much-needed alternative to the traditional segregation of psychiatric patients in asylums.

Today, our program is led by Jeffery Huffman, MD, medical director since 2009. Dr. Huffman conducts research on patients with co-morbid psychiatric and medical problems, and has received a grant from the American Heart Association to study depression in patients with heart disease.

Our staff's collective expertise enables us to offer multidimensional insight into each patient's psychiatric and medical health. The treatment team includes:

  • Attending psychiatrists
  • Resident psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Nurses
  • Social workers
  • Case managers
  • Occupational therapists
  • Nutritionists
  • Physical therapists

Education & Research Efforts

As part of a world-class academic medical center, the Inpatient Psychiatric Service helps educate the next generation of mental-health professionals. We are a key training site for the Mass General-McLean Hospital Adult Psychiatry Residency Program and Mass General Internship in Clinical Psychology. In addition, Harvard Medical School students undertake their clinical rotations here.

We also maintain an active research program directed by John Matthews, MD. Ongoing research projects are aimed at improving patient care using novel medications, innovative methods of psychotherapy and mind-body approaches to treatment. Research also has focused on improving the management of treatment side effects to allow more patients to receive treatment comfortably and safely.

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