Friday, November 21, 2014

Psychiatry celebrates 80 years

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY: From left, Maurizio Fava, MD, executive vice chair of Psychiatry, Wornick, and Rosenbaum

Eighty years ago, the MGH Department of Psychiatry began with a gift from the Rockefeller Foundation and a vision to create a union of care for the body and mind. Today, the department is part of mainstream medicine at the hospital. One out of every eight inpatients on a medical or surgical unit receives care from the psychiatric team, which comprises 550 affiliated psychiatrists, psychologists and scientists, and 200 residents, interns and fellows.

In celebration of its 80th anniversary, the Department of Psychiatry hosted a daylong event on Nov. 7 at the Boston Harbor Hotel, featuring seminars and roundtable discussions on topics including depression, bipolar disorder, addiction and substance use disorders. In a video played during the festivities, singer Carly Simon shared her personal struggles with depression and anxiety. The day culminated with an evening art auction – Susan Wornick, former WCVB-TV news anchor served as event auctioneer – and a reception with proceeds supporting the department’s patient and family educational programs.

“I am struck by how much has changed in psychiatry at the MGH – and elsewhere – since I arrived here in 1974 as a first-year resident,” said Jerrold Rosenbaum, MD, chair of the Department of Psychiatry. “I am also proud of its growth and its stance as the leading psychiatry department in the country.”

The department offers 50 specialized clinical and research programs and provides educational programs for practicing psychiatrists and other mental health professionals and for patients and families. The department’s clinical and scientific faculty members also pursue a comprehensive research agenda, involving more than 100 studies and clinical trials.

“We are uniquely constructed to marry together clinical care and research, side-by-side, hand-in-hand, as these insights inform our research efforts,” Rosenbaum said. “Of course, the well-being and benefit of the patient is always on our mind as the end goal all of our scientific work. Through research, we hope to change the world.

Through our clinical work, we change the world – one patient, one child, one family at a time.”

Read more articles from the 11/21/14 Hotline issue.


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