Unique patients, unique care

Jerrold Rosenbaum

You may have heard me say it before, that the burden and suffering associated with psychiatric disorders are so prevalent that everyone is affected. In the words of our Leadership Council mantra, “No family goes untouched.” However, despite the abundance of need and the size of the population affected, the actual individual story of anyone we treat is unique; unique in terms of age of onset, symptoms, course, severity, co-existence with other conditions and response to treatments. Our challenges of unlocking the neurobiological underpinnings of these conditions are mirrored by the need to understand the unique vulnerabilities and resiliencies of each individual.

So we proceed simultaneously to address the best approach to care for affected and vulnerable populations who suffer while engineering optimal interventions for individual patients.

When I stand back and survey the 60-plus sub-specialized clinical and research programs and units in this department, the rallying cry of the Ghostbusters keeps intruding on my thoughts: “Who you gonna call?” With the inspiration from this extraordinary institution and its compassionate and visionary leadership, 21st century psychiatry has taken root and flourished, a place where world class experts who focus on every issue, however rare or complicated, are gathered to help in a way where few others can.

As always, much of what we have accomplished, continue to do, and strive yet to achieve is the product of your care, concern, support and generosity. Thank you again.

Jerrold F. Rosenbaum, MD
Chief of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital
Stanley Cobb Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School


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