Dr. Holzman is the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society’s liaison for disaster issues. He has extensive experience in Disaster Psychiatry, including as Chief Psychiatrist for Disaster Services for the state of Massachusetts.
Dr. Holzman has been an international volunteer several times, beginning with service in the U.S. Peace Corps and with Physicians for Human Rights afterwards, where he documented abuses of medical neutrality and human rights in Kosovo before the NATO military involvement there. He is the immediate past President of the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society and has volunteered for the American Jewish World Service in Ghana, Kenya, India, South Africa, Thailand, and Northern Uganda and with MGH Global Health, Project Hope in Panay, Philippines. He was volunteer chair of Disaster Mental Health for the Massachusetts Bay Chapter of the American Red Cross and has lectured frequently at area hospitals on Mental Health Disaster work. In addition, Dr. Holzman was a Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School for 45 years.
As a member of The Chester M. Pierce, MD Division of Global Psychiatry, Dr. Holzman spent five weeks working in Liberia, West Africa in 2013 teaching medical students at the A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine at the University of Liberia; conducting rounds at the country’s largest referral hospital; hosting seminars for teachers about issues affecting students in Monrovia; and providing clinical consultation at the country’s one psychiatric hospital. He has also helped to develop training curriculum and conceptualize projects focused on child/adolescent populations.