Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship

Brigham & Women’s Hospital

Brigham & Women's Faulkner Hospital 

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Harvard Medical School

The Fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School has been in existence for nearly forty years, providing the highest quality education and training in the knowledge base and clinical practice of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry.  The fellowship, which is accredited by the ACGME, provides a strong learning environment with dedicated and knowledgeable faculty while simultaneously maintaining individual autonomy for the fellows in the evaluation and management of patients on whom they consult.  A desire to learn the subspecialty of Psychosomatic Medicine and a mature willingness to work both independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team are predictors of success in the fellowship. We have a total of 15 inpatient CL and 12 outpatient CL faculty members who each have strong backgrounds in general CL as well as niche areas of interest and expertise. 

Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) is one of the leading academic tertiary care medical centers in the United States, a “Top Ten” hospital as noted in US News and World Report.  The medical psychiatry service at BWH sees approximately 3000 new consults per year on the medical/surgical floors and emergency department. 

In 1998, BWH corporately merged with Faulkner Hospital, a community teaching hospital 3 miles from BWH in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston.  Since then, psychiatry at BWH and Faulkner Hospital has become clinically and academically integrated into a single department.  In 2012, Faulkner Hospital was renamed Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital (BWFH) to more fully exhibit its close relationship, both clinically and academically, to BWH. The medical psychiatry service at BWFH sees approximately 1800 new consults per year on the medical/surgical floors and emergency department.  At BWFH, fellows have the opportunity to practice medical psychiatry in a high-quality primary/secondary care hospital under the supervision of experienced CL faculty. 

Fellows participate in daily teaching rounds, weekly teaching case conference/walk rounds, journal club and weekly didactics.  They receive individual supervision both at the bedside and in formal sessions. Fellows are also valued educators and take part in the training and supervision of psychiatry residents as well as Harvard Medical School students on their psychiatry clerkship. The fellowship program is affiliated with the BWH/HMS Residency Program.  The Longwood Medical Area is an exciting location for physicians in training; Harvard Medical School, the Harvard School of Public Health, Countway Medical Library and multiple other medical facilities are all within a 3-5 minute walk from the BWH Medical Psychiatry offices.

While training for all fellows is concentrated on the Brigham campus, important education is also provided at BWFH (see above) for the general track CL fellows.  All fellows gain experience with oncology patients, as Dana Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) patients are admitted to the medical floors at BWH.  Fellows may select to gain more specialized training in psychooncology via the DFCI track.  This fellow receives primary training in both general CL with development of a niche area of expertise in psychooncology and a strong exposure to palliative care.  Training is focused at Dana Farber Cancer Institute, a world-renowned tertiary care cancer center.  The psychooncology faculty who provide fellow supervision are nationally recognized leaders in their field.

The BWH/BWFH Department of Psychiatry boasts strong and growing Psychosomatic Medicine related research headed by Drs. Hadine Joffe and Arthur Barsky.  Fellows partake in a scholarly project during their time in fellowship and have an opportunity to present this work at the end of the academic year.

In July 2008, Dr. David Silbersweig, a pioneer in functional neuroimaging and accomplished researcher and educator, became chair of the Department of Psychiatry at BWH/BWFH as well as the chair of the BWH Institute for the Neurosciences.  Boarded in both psychiatry and neurology, Dr. Silbersweig has made Psychosomatic Medicine and Neuropsychiatry priorities in the mission of the Department.  Fellows have the opportunity to work with Dr. Silbersweig and his research team in various modalities.

The fellowship involves a number of unique training opportunities.  These include:

  1. A longitudinal 12-month inpatient liaison experience with a choice of cardiac transplantation, pulmonary transplantation, epilepsy, OB/Gyn, burn/trauma and face/hand transplantation, and emergency psychiatry.  The liaison experience allows the fellow to form a strong relationship with a specific team and develop an area of niche expertise.   
  2. An ambulatory CL clinic experiences with choices including oncology, HIV/AIDS, neuropsychiatry, OB/Gyn, women’s mental health, addictions/pain, and GI.  The ambulatory CL experiences also allow for niche expertise and an opportunity to continue seeing patients longitudinally.   
  3. Collaborative Care training.  All fellows rotate through one of our primary care clinics under the supervision of our CL Collaborative Care Attendings.  In addition, fellows are assigned to a set of primary care residents for the academic year, providing consultation and collaboration on the patient cohort.
  4. All fellows rotate through the Complex Diagnostic Evaluation clinic under the supervision of a senior CL psychiatrist.  This clinic provides consultation on neuropsychiatrically complex patients in the BWH/BWFH primary care, specialty, and wider medical community. 

Program Leadership

David Silbersweig, M.D., Chairman

  • Chairman, Brigham and Women's/Faulkner Hospital
  • Co-Director, Institute for the Neurosciences
  • Stanley Cobb Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Areas of Interest: neuropsychiatry and neuropsychiatric imaging, translational research

Sejal Shah, M.D., Program Director

  • Assistant Director, Division of Medical Psychiatry, Brigham and Women's/Faulkner Hospitals
  • Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Areas of Interest: emergency psychiatry, integrated/collaborative care

Fremonta Meyer, M.D., Associate Program Director

  • Director, Medical Student Education in Psychiatry BWH/BWFH
  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Areas of Interest: psychosocial oncology, women's mental health, neuropsychiatric complications of cancer

David Gitlin, M.D.

  • Chief, Division of Medical Psychiatry, Brigham and Women's/Faulkner Hospitals
  • Past President of Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine (APM)
  • Vice Chair for Clinical Programs
  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Havard Medical School
  • Areas of Interest: emergency psychiatry, competency issues, resident/fellowship education, transplantation psychiatry, primary care psychiatry

John R. Peteet, M.D., Dana Farber Cancer Institute Site Director

  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Areas of Interest: psycho-oncology and spirituality in medicine

Florina Haimovici, M.D., Brigham & Women's Faulkner Hospital Site Director

  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Director of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Psychiatric Clinic
  • Areas of Interest: reproductive issues and bariatric surgery

Faculty

Gaston Baslet, M.D.

  • Associate Director, Medical Student Clerkship in Psychiatry
  • Assistant Professor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Areas of Interest: neuropsychiatry, neuropsychiatric aspects of epilepsy, functional neurological symptoms

Robert Boland, M.D.

  • Vice Chair for Education for the Department of Psychiatry, Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Co-Director, Harvard Longwood Residency Training Program
  • Lecturer of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Areas of Interest: psychosomatic medicine, depression in medical illness, HIV/AIDS, medical education

Melissa Bui, M.D.

  • Instructor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Area of Interest: psychosomatic medicine, delirium, ICU psychiatry

Timberly Humbert, M.D.

  • Instructor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Area of Interest: psychosomatic medicine and collaborative care

David Kroll, M.D.

  • Instructor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Areas of Interest: collaborative care

Meghan Kolodziej, M.D.

  • Instructor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Areas of Interest: psychosomatic medicine, cardiac transplant psychiatry

Leena Mittal, M.D.

  • Director of the Reproductive Psychiatry Consultation Service at Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Leader of the McPAP for Moms program at Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Instructor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Areas of Interest: women's mental health

Michael J. Mufson, M.D.

  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Areas of Interest: somatoform disorders, pain medicine, conversion

Claudia Rodriguez, M.D.

  • Instructor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Area of Interest: addiction psychiatry, cognitive behavioral therapy, dual diagnosis, PTSD

Naomi Schmelzer, M.D., M.P.H.

  • Director of Medical Psychiatry and Emergency Psychiatry, Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital
  • Instructor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Area of Interest: emergency psychiatry, psychosomatic medicine

Stephanie Smith, M.D.

  • Instructor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Area of Interest: psychosomatic medicine, global mental health

Joji Suzuki, M.D.

  • Medical Director, Addiction Psychiatry Service, Brigham and Women's Hospital/Faulkner Hospital
  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Areas of Interest: addiction psychiatry, suboxone treatment

Halyna L. Vitagliano, M.D.,M.Sci.

  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Areas of Interest: psychosomatic medicine, psycho-oncology, neuropsychiatry

David Wolfe, M.D., M.P.H.

  • Instructor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Areas of Interest: psychosomatic medicine, psychotic-spectrum and conversion disorders, pulmonary transplant psychiatry

David Yuppa, M.D.

  • Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Areas of Interest: psychosomatic medicine, neuropyschiatric complications of cancer, delirium, psychodynamic case formulation and instruction

 

Psychosomatic Medicine Ambulatory Faculty

Geena Athappilly, M.D.

  • Co-Director of the Women’s Mental Health Fellowship, Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Clinical Director of Women's Mental Health at Brigham Psychiatric Specialties
  • Director of Education of Ambulatory Resident Experience at Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Areas of Interest: women's mental health, geriatric psychiatry and the intersection of both

Gaston Baslet, M.D.

  • (please see above)

Ilana Braun, M.D.

  • Chief, Division of Adult Psychosocial Oncology, Dana Farber Cancer Institute
  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Areas of Interest: psycho-oncology and medical marijuana

John Grimaldi, M.D.

  • Director of Quality
  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Havard Medical School
  • Areas of Interest: HIV/AIDS psychiatry

Fremonta Meyer, M.D.

  • (please see above)

Leena Mittal, M.D.

  • (please see above)

Michael J. Mufson, M.D.

  • (please see above)

Ashwini Nadkarni, M.D.

  • Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Areas of Interest: psychiatric disorders in inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel symdrome, integrated/collaborative care, mobile health technology and human computer interaction

John R. Peteet, M.D.

  • (please see above)

Shreya Raj, M.D.

  • Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Areas of Interest: neuropsychiatric symptoms of dementia, alzheimer's disease, frontotemporal lobar degeneration

Laura Safar, M.D.

  • Chief, Division of Neuropsychiatry
  • Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Areas of Interest: neuropsychiatry disorders in multiple sclerosis

John Sullivan, M.D.

  • Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Areas of Interest: neuropsychiatry, neuropsychiatric symptoms of movement disorders, fuctional neurological symptom disorder

Halyna L. Vitagliano, M.D.,M.Sci.

  • (please see above)

David Yuppa, M.D.

  • (please see above)    

Affiliated Faculty

Arthur J. Barsky, M.D.

  • Vice Chair for Academic Affairs, Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Areas of Interest: cardiac psychiatry, somatoform disorders and psychosomatic medicine research

Susan D. Block, M.D.

  • Division of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care, Dana Farber Cancer Institure
  • Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Areas of Interest: psycho-oncology and palliative care

John Fromson, M.D.

  • Vice Chair for Community Psychiatry
  • Chief of Psychiatry, Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital
  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Area of Interest: addictions, physician health, men's health

Hadine Joffe, M.D., M.Sc.

  • Vice Chair for Psychiatry Research, Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Director of Division of Women's Mental Health, Brigham and Women's Hospital Department of Psychiatry
  • Director of Psycho-Oncology Research, Dana Farber Cancer Institute Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care
  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Areas of Interest: neuropsychiatric manifestations of estrogen's effect in the brain, menopause, breast cancer survivorship, women's mental health

Employment & Compensation 

Clinical Fellows receive appointments to Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.  All trainees shall be employees of Brigham & Women’s Hospital and will receive salary, fringe benefits and liability insurance coverage.  Visit http://www.partners.org/research/gme/research_gme.asp for more information pertaining to graduate medical education through Partner’s Healthcare.  The Partner’s Office of Resources for Trainees provides further details surrounding salary, benefits and employee services. 

Application Process

3 “General Track” PGY5 BWH/BWFH Positions

1 BWH/DFCI Psychooncology Track PGY5 Position

For further information and/or application materials, please contact the Fellowship Coordinator, Michelle Laflam at mlaflam1@bwh.harvard.edu or (617) 732-5056.  The Fellowship partakes in the National Resident Match Program (NRMP) or “The Match” (http://www.nrmp.org).  Interviews are conducted from September through December.  “Match Day” occurs in early January.  

Psycho-oncology Research Fellowship 

The Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is pleased to offer an optional 1-2 year research fellowship following the fellowship in psychosomatic medicine along the clinical psycho-oncology track. Psychiatrists with a demonstrated interest in psycho-oncology research are encouraged to apply using a separate application from the general clinical one.  The primary goal of this fellowship is to advance independent investigators in psycho-oncology.  For more information please contact Hadine Joffe, MD MSc, Vice Chair of Psychiatry Research at BWH and Director of Psycho-oncology Research at DFCI (hjoffe@partners.org).

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