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    National Standing

  • Ranked #1 of departments of psychiatry for eleven years in a row in the U.S. News & World Report survey, "America's Best Hospitals".

  • Defining standards and state-of-the-art practice of psychiatry through innovation in care and pioneering scientific and clinical research.

  • Created in 1934 with support from the Rockefeller Foundation as one of only three general hospital psychiatry services in the country and designed to integrate psychiatry in the medical environment.

    Patient Care

  • Providing over 130,000 outpatient visits each year in Boston and nearby communities, 6,000 emergency room consultations, and 24,000 days of inpatient care (in two facilities), including services for the most underserved and seriously mentally ill patients.

  • Providing consultation for one of every ten medical / surgical patients admitted to the MGH for a preexisting psychiatric illness or for conditions triggered by advanced medical care. (This is three times the national average for a general hospital.)

  • Operating the largest clinical research care program in the world for children with serious mental illness (Its director is the most cited author in child psychiatry journals.)

  • Specializing in developing new and improved treatments for patients with complex and treatment-resistant psychiatric disorders.

  • Directing the largest clinical care trial in the history of psychiatry to study the treatment and course of bipolar disorder.


  • Exploring the brain science, genetics and biology of psychiatric disorders.

  • Seeking to identify risks factors to prevent illness from developing, and illness markers to improve treatment results.

  • Responsible for over 25% of all clinical trials of new treatments conducted at the Massachusetts General Hospital.

  • Expanding research activities by an average of 25% annually since 1993, and achieving over 40 million dollars of external grant funding in 2005.

  • Conducting a pioneering longitudinal study of children at risk for psychiatric illness - now at 16 years duration, designed to lead to the identification of genes and effective preventive measures.

    Training and Education

  • Appointing over 600 MD and PhD level staff to clinical and faculty positions.

  • Including 17 faculty members who have achieved full professor rank at Harvard Medical School, the highest number in any department at the MGH.

  • Training 100 adult and child psychiatry residents, fellows, and interns in any given year.

  • Operating Harvard Medical School’s largest department-based continuing education program, teaching 2,200 psychiatrists and other professionals every year through seminars in Boston.

  • Reaching another 6,000 colleagues through the MGH Psychiatry Academy: a comprehensive program of web-based seminars, satellite symposia, teleconferences, and national symposia.

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Department facts as of August, 2006.