Friday, August 8, 2014

Wilens named chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry


The MGH Department of Psychiatry recently announced that Timothy E. Wilens, MD, has been named the new chief of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, effective Aug. 1. In this role, Wilens will oversee Child and Adolescent Psychiatry operations, liaison with MGH and Psychiatry leadership, and represent MGH Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in national and international venues. The division comprises 29 programs including 100 staff, and handles nearly 30,000 outpatient visits a year.

“Tim has been a leader in every one of the MGH’s missions: a go-to clinician, a highly regarded researcher with decades of continuous NIH funding, a master teacher, and one who serves our local, regional and national communities in terms of policy and standards of care,” says Jerrold F. Rosenbaum, MD, chief of the MGH Department of Psychiatry.

Wilens trained at the University of Michigan Medical School and completed his adult and child psychiatry residencies at the MGH in 1990. He is triple-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in adult, child/adolescent and addiction psychiatry. In addition, he has been an active member of the Pediatric Psychopharmacology Clinical and Research Program for the past 25 years. He currently serves as director of Substance Abuse Services in Pediatric Psychopharmacology, co-director of the Center for Addiction Medicine and in a leadership capacity with the MGH Strategic Plan on Substance Abuse.

Wilens is internationally recognized for his expertise and research in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, adolescent/young adult substance abuse and juvenile bipolar disorder. He serves as a consultant to the National Football League, major league baseball, and community substance abuse programs and is consistently named one of the Best of Boston and Best Doctors in America for psychiatry. He continues to be involved in many committee memberships regionally and nationally and is a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

“I am deeply honored to have been entrusted in this position,” says Wilens. “I very much look forward to working with Psychiatry, Pediatrics and the broader MGH community on behalf of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.”

Wilens succeeds Michael S. Jellinek, MD, a child psychiatrist and the new chief executive officer for Lahey Health Community Network. During his 35-year career in health care, Jellinek also has served as chief of clinical affairs at Partners HealthCare System and president of Newton-Wellesley Hospital.

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