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Date: 2016-05-02
Title: Dr. Gregory Fricchione Named Gottlieb Chair in Mental Health

Dr. Gregory Fricchione, the Director of the MGH Division of Global Psychiatry and Associate Chief of Psychiatry, has been selected as the first recipient of the Gottlieb Chair. The Gary Gottlieb, MD Partners HealthCare Chair in Global and Community Mental Health has been established as an endowed chair to support an individual who has committed their career to international and/or community mental health.

With Dr. Chester Pierce, Dr. Fricchione co-founded the International Psychiatry Division at MGH in 2003, which he led until 2009, and resumed leadership of under its current name, The Chester M. Pierce, MD Division of Global Psychiatry, in 2015. Prior to MGH, Dr. Fricchione worked at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) as Director of the Medical Psychiatry Service from 1993 to 2000. He worked at the Carter Center at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia from 2000-2002, where he 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 also served as a Visiting Professor of Psychiatry at Addis Ababa University. He has long been involved in international mental health collaborations with partners in several countries including Kuwait, Ecuador, Brazil, and Mexico.

The fund is named after renowned psychiatrist, Dr. Gary Gottlieb, who is currently the CEO of the non-governmental organization, Partners In Health. From 2010 to 2015, Dr. Gottlieb was the CEO of Partners HealthCare, the parent of MGH and BWH, and was previously the president of BWH. Dr. Gottlieb is a Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.