Crozer-Chester Medical Center
I grew up in the suburbs of upstate NY ( Schenectady), then earned my bachelor’s degree from Harvard College in 1972 with a major in Government. I moved to Denver where I worked for a couple of years as a Child Care Worker in a residential treatment center for court referred children ages six to thirteen with severe emotional and behavioral problems. This was the most stressful job I have ever had. Subsequently, I attended medical school, and did my psychiatry residency at Yale University School of Medicine. I then completed a two year Child and Adolescent fellowship at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia.
My first position after my fellowship was as Director of Child Psychiatry at Crozer Chester Medical Center, which included running a community mental health program with a large percentage of Chester children and families. Many of the children had experienced abuse, neglect, foster placements and exposure to domestic violence and traumatic events such as shootings and drug-related crimes. I was also starting a private practice in Swarthmore, which kept me aware on a daily basis of the contrasting psychosocial conditions between many families in Chester and the surrounding suburbs.
Since then I have worked in a number of medical assistance based clinics, most recently in Norristown where there is a significant Hispanic community. I have also served for several years in Chester and then in Norristown as Medical Director of therapeutic preshool programs (ages 3 to 5) for disadvantaged children and families.