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Boston Medical Center, Boston University School of Medicine Appoint David C. Henderson, MD, Chief & Chair of Psychiatry

November 16, 2015

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(Boston) – Nov. 16, 2015 – David C. Henderson, MD, has been appointed chief of psychiatry at Boston Medical Center (BMC) and chair of the department of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), effective Nov. 16.

Henderson comes to BMC/BUSM from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), where he served as director of The Chester M. Pierce, MD, Division of Global Psychiatry; director of the MGH Schizophrenia Clinical and Research Program; and as a staff psychiatrist at MGH. He also served as associate professor of psychiatry and epidemiology at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public health.

“Dr. Henderson’s vast experience, as well as his thoughtful and insightful leadership, will be a great benefit to all BMC patients and their families as we seek to further integrate behavioral health care into our clinical programs,” said Kate Walsh, president and CEO of BMC. “In particular, BMC’s urban patient population is dealing with multiple social issues and co-morbidities including diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure that impact both their physical and mental health. Dr. Henderson’s expertise in addressing and advocating for the needs of vulnerable populations make him an ideal leader to take on this role at BMC.”

Henderson is a leading expert in the impact of antipsychotic agents on weight, cardiovascular disease, and lipid and glucose metabolism, and the development of interventions and prevention strategies. Additionally, he works with governments and organizations to provide technical assistance regarding mental health policy and planning; and has conducted numerous studies of trauma in areas of mass violence and develops programs to assist with vulnerable populations. Henderson has worked in international and conflict-affected areas for more than 20 years, including New York City, following the September 11, 2001, attacks; and New Orleans, following Hurricane Katrina. He also has served during and following disasters or conflicts and in resource-limited areas, including Bosnia, Cambodia, East Timor, Ethiopia, Haiti (post-earthquake), Iraq, Japan, Kuwait, Liberia, Ghana, Rwanda, India, Peru, Somaliland and Uganda.

“Dr. Henderson brings a strong track record of teaching, training and mentorship that will be of great value to our students. Many of his research mentees have gone on to win independent investigative awards and author first publications,” said BUSM Dean Karen Antman, MD. “He also is an excellent investigator who is internationally known for his work in schizophrenia as well as global mental health. We welcome him as he begins his new role at BUSM.”

Henderson received his bachelor’s degree from Tufts University, and is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He completed his residency at MGH and trained as chief resident and research fellow at the Freedom Trail Clinic at the Erich Lindemann Mental Health Center in Boston. He is a member of the National Medical Association; New England Medical Society; Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society of Harvard-Radcliffe; Black Psychiatrists of America Executive Committee, and has served as a Distinguished Fellow in the American Psychiatric Association since 2006. He is the U.S. editor of the International Journal of Culture and Mental Health. His research interests include treatment-resistant schizophrenia and the use of psychopharmacological and antipsychotic agents in the treatment of schizophrenia.

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