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Associate Chief
MGH Department of Psychiatry
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Harvard Medical School

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Dr. Herman is Associate Chief in the Department of Psychiatry at MGH. He also serves as Medical Director for Partners HealthCare Employee Assistance Program. In 2002, Dr. Herman was apppointed to the Commonwealth’s Board of Registration in Medicine where he serves as the chairman of the Patient Care Assessment Committee, overseeing quality and safely programs in Massachusetts hospitals. Dr. Herman is past President of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatry Residency Training. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

Following his residency at MGH, in 1984 Dr. Herman joined the staff of the MGH Psychopharmacology and Addiction clinics where he remains an active practice. Until 2003, for 14 years Dr. Herman directed the department’s nationally renowned continuing education program, Harvard Medical School’s most successful post-graduate educational offering. Between 1991-2000, he was Director of Psychiatry Residency Training at MGH and, from 2000-2007, he was Director of Clinical Services for the Department.

His primary interest is in addressing the gap between the quality of mental health care delivery in the community and rapidly accelerating advances in psychiatric practice. Consequently, he focuses his teaching efforts on primary care clinicians. He has lectured to primary care audiences across the United States and internationally. Currently Dr. Herman is co-editor (with Ted Stern, MD) of the popular MGH Guide to Primary Care Psychiatry(McGraw Hill, 1998, 2003). Dr. Herman grew up in Wisconsin and graduated University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1980. His medical internship was at Brown University Medical School and his residency in Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, which he completed in 1984.
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