Fricchione, Gregory

Gregory Fricchione


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Dr. Gregory Fricchione has been on faculty at Harvard Medical School since 1993 and a professor of psychiatry since 2009. Since July 2002, he has been associate chief of psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and director of the Division of Psychiatry and Medicine. As director, he supervises a large staff of attending and trainee psychiatrists taking care of the psychiatric problems of medically and surgically ill patients throughout the hospital. Fricchione received his M.D. from New York University School of Medicine in 1978. He is board certified in psychiatry and has added qualifications in psychosomatic medicine and geriatric psychiatry. He has taught in the medical schools at New York University, the State University of New York at Stony Brook, the University of Auckland in New Zealand, and Emory University, as well as at Harvard Medical School. In 2002, he became the founding director of the MGH Division of Global Psychiatry (now directed by Dr. David Henderson), and in 2006, he became the director of the Benson Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at MGH, succeeding the cardiologist Herbert Benson who remains active as director emeritus. This institute has clinical, educational, and research missions to improve medical care at the mind-body interface and to promote health through better self-care and to prevent stress-related illnesses through enhanced resiliency. He has been an active researcher in psychosomatic medicine and has made contributions to the treatment of patients with catatonia and to the management of cardiac patients who suffer from co-morbid psychiatric conditions. He is also the author of more than 120 peer-reviewed journal articles and is a co-author of the MGH Handbook on General Hospital Psychiatry, Catatonia: From Psychopathology to Neurobiology, and The Heart-Mind Connection. His most recent book is Compassion and Healing in Medicine and Society