John Herman, MD

Associate Chief, Department of Psychiatry, MGH

Dr. Herman is Associate Chief of the Department of Psychiatry and the Chair of Medical Psychiatry at MGH. He is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is past Chairman of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine, overseeing the Commonwealth's 38,000 licensed physicians and the safety and quality programs of its 200 hospitals. Dr. Herman is Medical Director of the Partners HealthCare Employee Assistance Program, serving 80,000 employees and their family members. In 1984 following his residency, Dr. Herman joined the staff of the MGH Psychopharmacology and Addiction clinics. Until 2003, for 14 years, he directed the Department’s postgraduate education division. Between 1991 and 2000, he was Director of Adult Psychiatry Residency Training at MGH. He is past President of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatry Residency Training. Dr. Herman has lectured across the United States and internationally. His primary interest is in improving access to mental health care, particularly addiction treatment. He focuses his teaching efforts on helping primary care clinicians learn straightforward approaches to patients suffering psychiatric problems. He is co-editor (with Ted Stern, MD) of The MGH Guide to Primary Care Psychiatry (McGraw Hill, 1998, 2003) and Psychiatry Update & Board Preparation (MGH Psychiatry Academy Publishing, 2012). Dr. Herman grew up in Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1980. He served a medical internship at Brown University Medical School and a residency in Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital.