Paul Summergrad, MD, is the Dr. Frances S. Arkin Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Professor of Medicine at the Tufts University School of Medicine and Psychiatrist-in-Chief of Tufts Medical Center. Dr. Summergrad is the President of the American Psychiatric Association. He also serves as Chairman, Interim President and CEO of the Tufts Medical Center Physicians Organization and as a member of the Tufts Medical Center Board of Trustees.
Prior to his arrival at Tufts in 2004 he served at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and Harvard Medical School where he was Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Chief of Inpatient Psychiatric Services at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He also served as Network Director of the Partners Psychiatry & Mental Health System. In that role he also served as Psychiatrist-in-Chief of the North Shore Medical Center where he was also the Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer and a member of the Partners Executive Committee.
A 1978, Alpha Omega Alpha graduate of the School of Medicine at the State University of New York of Buffalo, he trained in internal medicine at the Boston City Hospital from 1978-1981 and in psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital from 1982-1985 where he was Chief Resident. He graduated from psychoanalytic training at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute where he is a member. He is board certified in internal medicine, psychiatry, psychosomatic medicine and geriatric psychiatry. Dr. Summergrad has published extensively on the history and development of psychiatry, medical psychiatry, neuropsychiatry, psychopharmacology, and strategic planning in academic medical centers. His research focuses on mood disorders, medical-psychiatric illness and health system design. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a Fellow of both the American College of Psychiatrists and the American College of Physicians.
In addition to his clinical, academic and administrative roles, Dr. Summergrad is Immediate Past President of the American Association of Chairs of Departments of Psychiatry and Immediate Past Chair of the American Hospital Association Governing Council for Psychiatry and Substance Abuse Services. He served as the Chair of the APA Board of Trustees Ad Hoc Workgroup on the Role of Psychiatry in Healthcare Reform and served as a member of the APA Board of Trustees DSM 5 Scientific Review Committee. He has previously served as a member of the Finance and Budget Committee, the Assembly the Steering Committee on Practice Guidelines and the Council on Medical Education. He is a Past President of the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society and the American Association of General Hospital Psychiatrists