Division of Psychiatry & Medicine

The Division of Psychiatry & Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital integrates specialized psychiatry and medical services while maintaining their diverse characters and strengths.

Overview

Patients with medical and surgical illnesses frequently develop neuropsychiatric complications in addition to new issues related to their pre-existing psychiatric disorders. The Division of Psychiatry & Medicine sees approximately 9% of the 43,000 patients admitted to the Massachusetts General Hospital each year, making it one of the busiest consultation services in the hospital.

Providing Expert Care

Our specialized psychiatrists and psychologists are equipped to diagnose and treat patients with a wide variety of medical problems. Our clinical team provides many differing services, including:

  • Providing expert diagnostic interventions and care to medical patients throughout the hospital
  • Medication management in the hospital setting-  we have pioneered the use of a variety of medications with medically ill patients
  • Helping patients adjust to modern medical technology
  • Treating the anxiety often associated with illness and serious medical issues

Our clinicians face a wide array of medical psychiatry challenges each day and provide guidance and care based on their expertise and experience.

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Consultation Services

Program Leadership

Felicia A. Smith, MD, Program Director
Gregory Fricchione, MD, Director Emeritus

Our Consultation Services

The Division of Psychiatry & Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital provides specialized care for various types of patients through our variety of consultation services.


Our Research

Research Team

Jeff Huffman, MD, Research Director
Scott Beach, MD
Christopher Celano, MD

The Division of Psychiatry & Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital conducts a wide array of research projects. Our research portfolio includes the projected listed below.


Mental Health and Cancer

  • The potential benefits of psychostimulant medication as a substitute for patients undergoing anti-androgen treatment for prostate cancer
  • Pessimism and attributional styles in prostate cancer
  • Psychosocial care in the context of genetic testing for cancer susceptibility
  • The strategies parents dying from cancer might use to reduce the suffering of their young children, investigated through the surveys with young adults who experienced early parental loss

Stress Disorders in Burn Patients

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in burn patients
  • The study of stress in 1-4-year-olds with burns
  • The development of the child stress disorders checklist for use in burned children
  • The use of morphine to protect against the emergence of PTSD in burn patients

Cardiac and Vascular Health

  • The impact of mood disorders on cardiac health
  • The relationship between cerebral vascular disease and depression in patients undergoing hemodialysis versus chronic ambulatory peritoneal dialysis, in collaboration with researchers in Japan

Mental Health in the Primary Care Setting

  • The use of depression screening by primary care doctors

Brain Function

  • The effects of cognitive rehabilitation on regional brain function in traumatic brain injury
  • The effects of motor training on regional brain function in stroke
  • The utility of palmtop electronic devices for enhancing treatment compliance and outcome in patients with brain injuries

Other

 

  • PTSD in rehabilitation patients facing amputation
  • The mental health consequences of liver transplant donation, in collaboration with researchers in Japan
  • Nitric oxide and the physiology of the placebo effect

 

Contact Us

Division of Psychiatry & Medicine

Warren Building
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114

Phone: 617-726-2984

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