It’s a wonderful feeling to find your home. That’s what I feel now that I’ve arrive back in the state of my birth, back in a wonderful academic medical setting, and back doing what I love.
I was asked to come to Penn State Hershey Medical Center under very sad circumstances. The chair of the Department of Psychiatry, Dr. James Hegarty, needed to take a medical leave, and very soon after my arrival died from a brain tumor, despite his valiant battle. I am profoundly moved to take over his duties as Interim Chair.
The Penn State Department of Psychiatry is a joy: Wonderful physicians, excellent research, a very promising partnership with a not-for-profit psychiatric system. For me, the most rewarding aspect is using all the skills I have acquired over my lifetime—as a clinician, as an administrator, and as a scientist.
I love writing Biological Therapies in Psychiatry, and I feel truly blessed to be able to continue that calling while adding the adventure and fulfillment of my “day job” at Penn State Hershey Medical Center.
For those of you who may wish to contact me, my new email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.