Scott Rauch, MD, Appointed President of McLean Hospital and Chair of Partners Psychiatry and Mental Health

October 16, 2006

Public Affairs
Cindy Lepore
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BOSTON, MA - Partners HealthCare President and CEO James J. Mongan, MD, has announced the appointment of Scott L. Rauch, MD, a highly respected Massachusetts General Hospital psychiatrist and administrator, as president and psychiatrist in chief of McLean Hospital in Belmont and chair of Partners Psychiatry and Mental Health.

Scott L. Rauch, MD

Scott L. Rauch, MD

The McLean Hospital board voted this morning to appoint Rauch as psychiatrist in chief of McLean and recommend to the MGH board that Rauch be named McLean's president, effective November 1. The MGH board is expected to confirm the appointment on Friday.

As head of McLean, Rauch will lead the largest psychiatric clinical care, research, and teaching institution of Harvard Medical School. As chair of Partners Psychiatry and Mental Health, Rauch will provide strategic leadership to ensure the quality, integration, growth, and financial health of psychiatric programs at McLean and across the entire Partners HealthCare system.

Partners Psychiatry and Mental Health encompasses the psychiatric components of the Partners system, including McLean Hospital and the psychiatry departments at Brigham and Women's/Faulkner Hospitals, Massachusetts General Hospital, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, and North Shore Medical Center. Partners psychiatry programs provide inpatient, outpatient, residential, emergency, and consultative care to children, adolescents, and adults of all ages.

Rauch replaces Gary Gottlieb, MD, president of Brigham and Women's Hospital, who has been serving on an interim basis as both president of McLean Hospital and psychiatrist in chief of Partners Psychiatry and Mental Health.

"We are very pleased to have someone with Scott Rauch's clinical, research, and management experience as the new president of McLean and leading our psychiatry programs," said Mongan. "We look forward to his continued leadership at this new level."

"I also want to thank Gary Gottlieb for his many contributions to McLean and Partners Psychiatry," Mongan said. "Because of Gary's hard work and dedication, McLean continues to excel on all fronts, and Partners psychiatry programs continue to be recognized as among the best in the nation."

Added Kathleen Feldstein, PhD, chair of the McLean Board of Trustees, "We are delighted that Scott Rauch will be joining us. He will bring strong, innovative and promising new leadership to one of the nation's most esteemed psychiatric institutions. Scott also has a keen appreciation for the key issues in psychiatry today, including alleviating stigma, eradicating disparities, improving care, and developing effective measures of quality. He will hit the ground running."

Partners HealthCare Vice President of Clinical Affairs George Thibault, MD, who served as chair of the search committee, said, "We had many outstanding candidates, but we felt Scott provides the best combination of accomplishment, vision, and promise."

Rauch, who has been at MGH for more than 15 years, has broad experience in research, teaching, and clinical care. He currently serves in four leadership roles within the Partners system, including as Director of the Division of Psychiatric Neuroscience Research and Neurotherapeutics at MGH, Director of Behavioral and Mental Health at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Director of Psychiatric Neuroimaging Research at MGH, and Associate Chief of Psychiatry for Neuroscience Research at MGH. After completing his residency at MGH in 1991, he also served as the Medical Director of the Mental Health Division of the North End Community Health Center in Boston.

Rauch has contributed more than 250 publications to the scientific literature and he currently serves on eight editorial boards. His research interests include neuroimaging and the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorders and related conditions, including anxiety and mood disorders. He is a graduate of Amherst College and the University of Cincinnati Medical School.

Rauch expressed great enthusiasm in taking on this new role.

"I am honored and elated to have been selected," Rauch said. "McLean Hospital, Partners HealthCare, and Harvard Medical School are extraordinary institutions with, above all, unparalleled human resources. I cannot imagine a more ideal environmental within which to pursue the compelling missions of contemporary psychiatry and mental health. Moreover, this is an especially exciting time in psychiatry, when progress in science and technology offers such promise for revolutionary advances in the quality of care."

Since its founding in 1811 as the original psychiatric department of the Massachusetts General Hospital, McLean Hospital has been a leader in the evaluation and treatment of individuals with psychiatric illness, in the research and discovery of new treatments, and in the training of generations of mental health providers and investigators. McLean offers a wide range of inpatient, outpatient, and residential treatment programs to more than 8,000 patients a year.

Partners HealthCare is an integrated health system founded by Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital in 1994. In addition to its two academic medical centers, the Partners system also includes community and specialty hospitals, community health centers, a physician network, home health and long-term care services, and other health-related entities. Partners is one of the nation's leading biomedical research organizations and a principal teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School.

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