Schizophrenia Consultation and Second Opinion Service

The Consultation and Second Opinion Service at Massachusetts General Hospital provides clinical information and guidance to patients with actual or suspected schizophrenia and related disorders.

Refer a patient (for providers): 617-724-7792

Contact us FAQs: Psychosis and schizophrenia

Overview

General & Specialty Consultations

Through the Consultation and Second Opinion Service, patients have access to experts in schizophrenia for individual consultations or second opinions, regardless of where they are receiving their primary treatment.

We perform all consultations in person with the patient and family members or with family members alone if the patient is unable or unwilling to participate.

Our team of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and other specialists offer general and specialty consultations for:

  • Diagnostic or treatment review
  • Improvement of medication efficacy or minimizing side effects
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and psychosocial approaches
  • Management of weight gain and diabetes related to antipsychotic treatment
  • Smoking cessation assistance
  • Psychosis in adolescents, ages 14-17 years

Meet our staff

First-episode and Early Psychosis Consultation

We are only able to accept patients who are referred by their Mass General provider (primary care provider, specialist or psychologist) for consultation. Providers may contact 617-724-7792 to request a second opinion consultation.

First-episode consultations are specialized evaluations for patients who are experiencing psychosis for the first time or who have recently been diagnosed with a psychotic disorder.

During a first-episode consultation, one of our physicians will interview the patient and family members to thoroughly understand the symptoms and difficulties that led to the psychiatric hospitalization or other life disruption.

After the interviews, we will detail our findings in a comprehensive report which will be shared with the referring physician.

Wellness Consultation

Our wellness consultation evaluates a patient's psychiatric symptoms, current treatment regimen and health behaviors (like fitness, smoking status and substance abuse) so we can make treatment recommendations to improve overall health and well-being.

Because certain antipsychotic medications are linked to an increased risk of developing diabetes and obesity, we monitor disease factors and focus on healthy lifestyle behaviors to help prevent future health problems.

After the wellness consultation, we may recommend participation in Mass General programs for weight loss and smoking cessation.

Our Staff

  • Cather, Corinne, PhD

    617-724-5600

    Accepting New Patients

    Locations
    • Boston: Psychiatry-Outpatient Services
  • Donovan, Abigail Louise, MD

    617-724-5600

    Not Accepting New Patients

    Board Certifications
    • Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Acute Psychiatry Service
  • Evins, Anne Eden, MD, MPH

    617-643-4679

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Nicotine addiction
    • Smoking cessation
    • Schizophrenia
    • Bipolar disorder
    Board Certifications
    • Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Center for Addiction Medicine
  • Freudenreich, Oliver, MD

    617-912-7800

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • First episode psychosis
    • Psychosomatic Aspects of Infectious Diseases
    • Schizophrenia
    Board Certifications
    • Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    • Psychosomatic Medicine, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Freedom Trail Clinic
    • Boston: Infectious Disease Associates
    • Boston: Psychiatry Associates-Inpatient Consult
  • Holt, Daphne J., MD, PhD

    617-726-7618

    Accepting New Patients

    Board Certifications
    • Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Psychiatry-Outpatient Services
    • Boston: Psychiatry
  • Tyson, John W., MD

    617-724-5600

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • First Episode and Early Psychosis
    • Emergency psychiatry
    Board Certifications
    • Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
    • Boston: Acute Psychiatry Service

Contact

Contact Us

Contact the Consultation and Second Opinion Service

Freedom Trail Clinic

2nd floor25 Staniford Street Boston, MA 02114
  • Near Public Transit
  • Accessible
  • Phone: 617-912-7800

Refer a patient (for providers): 617-724-7792

Contact us FAQs: Psychosis and schizophrenia

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