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Herman, John, MD

Associate Chief
Trustee's Chair for Medical Psychiatry
Department of Psychiatry
Massachusetts General Hospital

Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Harvard Medical School


Dr. Herman is Associate Chief of the Department of Psychiatry and Trustee’s Chair for Medical Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Herman serves as Medical Director of Partners HealthCare’s Employee Assistance Program, serving over 90,000 employees and family members. In addition to his clinical practice, he supervises medical students, residents and fellows.

Dr. Herman has lectured across the United States and internationally. His interests focus on addressing the enormous gap between the mental health needs and scant available resources to individuals and communities: locally, nationally and globally. For many years his teaching efforts have centered on helping psychiatric and primary care clinicians develop straightforward approaches to patients suffering common psychiatric problems including addictions. He is co-editor (with Ted Stern, MD) of the popular MGH Guide to Primary Care Psychiatry (McGraw Hill, 1998, 2003) and Psychiatry Update & Board Preparation (MGH Psychiatry Academy Publishing, 2012).

After residency at MGH, in 1984, Dr. Herman joined the staff of the MGH Psychopharmacology and Addiction clinics. For 15 years he also directed the Department’s national and international postgraduate education programs. After directing MGH’s Chelsea Community Mental Health and Social Services division, from 1992 - 1999 he was Director of the MGH-McLean Residency Training program, and later was Director of Clinical Services for the Department of Psychiatry at MGH.  He is past President of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatry Residency Training and past Chairman of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine, and of its Quality and Patient Safety Division.

Dr. Herman grew up in Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School. He did an internship in internal medicine at Brown University Medical School’s Miriam Hospital and a residency in psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. His sister Mary Herman is married to Senator Angus King.