The Jerry M. Wiener, M.D., Memorial Lecture

Jerry Wiener MD Memorial Lecture
April 3, 2014

Doctor as Teacher and Healer: Fulfilling Our Social Contract


Eugene V. Beresin, M.D.

Executive Director
Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds
Massachusetts General Hospital

Senior Educator in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Massachusetts General Hospital

Professor of Psychiatry
Medical School

Dr. Eugene V. Beresin is professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He received an MA in Philosophy and an MD from the University of Pennsylvania. He is Executive Director of the newly launched Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds: Developing Resilience through Engagement, Awareness and Media (d.r.e.a.m.

Dr. Beresin served as Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Program and was a program director at MGH in general and child psychiatry for 32 years. He served as editor-in-chief of the national Psychiatry Residents in Training Examination (PRITE). He was elected as a counselor-at-large of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Previously, he served as president of the New England Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and President of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatry Residency Training.

Dr. Beresin directs the Elizabeth Thatcher Acampora Endowment, an outreach program to meet the needs of underserved youth and families in three community settings.  He is co-director of the MGH Center for Mental Health and Media. He is also director of the year-long required third year course, Patient Doctor III, at Harvard Medical School that focuses on reflective practice, ethics, professionalism and interpersonal skills, as the students take their core clerkships and develop their identities as physicians.  He is deputy editor and media editor for Academic Psychiatry, and associate editor for the Journal of Graduate Medical Education.

Dr. Beresin has won a number of local and national teaching awards, including the Parker J. Palmer “Courage to Teach” Award in 2002, given annually by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education to 10 Program Directors from all medical specialties. In 2004, he was awarded the American Psychiatric Association and National Institute of Mental Health Vestermark Award for Outstanding Teaching. In 2008 he was awarded the Bowis Award by the American College of Psychiatrists for outstanding service to and leadership in the College. In 2011 he won the Cynthia M. Kettyle Award for Medical Student Teaching by the Departments of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School. This year he is receiving the Outstanding Program Director’s Award from Partners HealthCare and a Lifetime Achievement Award in Education.  He is a scholar in the Academy at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Beresin has consulted to a variety of television shows including ER and Law and Order SVU and the Emmy Award-winning HBO children’s specials, Goodnight Moon and Other Sleepytime Tales  (2000), Through a Child’s Eyes: September 11, 2001 (2003) and Classical Baby (2005). He was co-producer of a section of the Parent Resource Center for  Dr. Beresin has published numerous papers and chapters on a variety of topics including graduate medical education, mental health and media, eating disorders, personality disorders, and child and adolescent psychiatric treatments.

About Jerry M. Wiener, M.D.

Driven by his passion to promote psychiatric education and awareness of mental health issues, Jerry M. Wiener, M.D., held many titles during his medical career at the George Washington University. Arguably, his most important role was that of professor, advisor, and mentor to countless medical students and psychiatry residents.

Wiener joined GW’s faculty in 1976 as a professor of psychiatry and pediatrics and chair of the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Children’s National Health System. The following year he was appointed chair of the GW Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, a position he held until 1997.

Today, Wiener’s work lives on through his family and the Jerry M. Wiener Endowment Fund for Psychiatric Education. Established by SMHS’ Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences following Wiener’s retirement in 1997, the fund supports psychiatric education, as well as mental health policy and advocacy. Per Dr. Wiener's wife, Mrs. Louise Wiener, “We feel a very strong commitment to helping the University build the kind of fund that will carry on, particularly the advocacy part of my husband’s legacy.” The Wiener Endowment Fund expands on Wiener’s commitment to psychiatric education and his advocacy work for children with mental illnesses.

The Jerry M. Wiener Fund for Psychiatric Education

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