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Date: 2015-12-01
Title: Welcoming Dr. Gregory Fricchione as Director of Global Psychiatry

As of November 2015, Dr. Gregory Fricchione has reassumed directorship of the Chester M. Pierce, MD Division of Global Psychiatry. As one of the Division's original founders, Dr. Fricchione has been reappointed as Director following Dr. David Henderson's move to the Boston University School of Medicine.

Dr. Fricchione specializes in psychosomatic and integrative medicine, with more than 140 published journal articles to his name and co-authorship of five books. These books cover topics integral to his research interests, including general hospital psychiatry, catatonia, the connection between depression and heart disease, and stress physiology. He also authored the book Compassion and Healing in Medicine and Society on brain evolution and the relationship between separation and attachment, and its importance for medicine and the human experience. Dr. Fricchione has made important original contributions to the treatment of patients with catatonia and to the management of cardiac patients who suffer from co-morbid psychiatric conditions. Most recently, Dr. Fricchione has been studying neurobehavioral mechanisms underlying diseases that connect the brain and body.

In addition to his role as the Director of the Division of Global Psychiatry, Dr. Fricchione is also the Director of the Division of Psychiatry and Medicine at MGH and Director of the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body and Integrative Medicine. He is a Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and an Associate Chief of the Department of Psychiatry at MGH. He co-founded the original Division of International Psychiatry with Dr. Chester Pierce in 2002 and led it until 2009 when Dr. Henderson took over and the name of the Division was updated.

Prior to MGH, Dr. Fricchione worked at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston as Director of the Medical Psychiatry Service from 1993 to 2000 and as Director of Research at the Mind/Body Medical Institute from 1998 to 2000. He worked at the Carter Center at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia from 2000-2002, where he directed the Mental Health Program and the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships in Mental Health Journalism, and worked closely with former President Jimmy Carter and Mrs. Rosalynn Carter on international public mental health issues and policy. This included clinical and public mental health training projects in Ethiopia, where he has had the privilege of being a Visiting Professor of Psychiatry at Addis Ababa University.

Dr. Fricchione received his medical degree from the New York University, and completed his postgraduate training in psychiatry at NYU-Bellevue and in psychosomatic medicine at MGH.