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      A Family of Doctors--by David J. Hellerstein, MD 
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    Interns, circa 1910, from A Family of Doctors, by David Hellerstein, MD
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  David Hellerstein, M.D.                  Psychiatrist and Writer
 ABOUT DR. HELLERSTEIN.
HOSPITAL POSITION

Dr. Hellerstein is Chief of Outpatient Psychiatry at Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, NY, and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He specializes in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, with a particular focus on psychopharmacology, or the use of medications to treat psychiatric symptoms.

LITERARY
Dr. Hellerstein has also received national recognition as a writer, essayist and journalist. His books include Battles of Life and Death (essays about medical training), and A Family of Doctors (a memoir of 5 generations of doctors in one family). His writing has been widely published in literary and popular magazines, and he has contributed chapters to many books, and he has been awarded several MacDowell Colony Fellowships and the Pushcart Prize for Best Essay.

INTERESTS

Chronic depression, manic-depressive illness, postpartum depression, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder. A Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, he has served as President of the New York County District Branch of the American Psychiatric Association.

RESEARCH

Dr. Hellerstein is Director of the Mood Disorders Research Unit at Beth Israel Medical Center. This research center enrolls subjects for studies on a variety of medications, both established and new treatments. It has participated in pioneering studies in areas including:

· the treatment of dysthymia (chronic depression),

· the treatment of bipolar depression and bipolar mania,

· the combination of psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy for treatment of depression

PUBLICATIONS

SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATIONS
Dr. Hellerstein has published over 30 articles and book chapters, and over 40 abstracts in scientific journals and professional organizations proceedings. Journals include: American Journal of Psychiatry, Archives of General Psychiatry, Journal of Psychotherapy Practice and Research, Hospital and Community Psychiatry, Journal of Serotonin Research, Progress in Neuropsychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry, Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, and CNS Drugs. Dr. Hellerstein has made many presentations at national and international conferences.

SELECTED SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATIONS

1) Hellerstein D, Meehan B: Outpatient group therapy for schizophrenic substance abusers. American Journal of Psychiatry 1987;144:1337-40

2) Rosenthal RN, Hellerstein DJ, Miner CR: A model of integrated services for outpatient treatment of patients with comorbid schizophrenia and addictive disorders. American Journal on Addictions 1992;1:339-348

3) Rosenthal RN, Hellerstein DJ, Miner CR: Integrated services for treatment of schizophrenic substance abusers: demographics, symptoms and substance abuse patterns. Psychiatric Quarterly 1992;63:3-26

4) Hellerstein DJ, Yanowitch P, Rosenthal J, Samstag LW, Maurer M, Kasch K, Burrows L, Poster M, Cantillon M, Winston A: A randomized double-blind study of fluoxetine versus placebo in treatment of dysthymia. American Journal of Psychiatry 1993;150:1169-1175

5) Hellerstein DJ, Rosenthal RN, Miner CR: Integrated outpatient treatment for substance-abusing schizophrenics: a prospective study. American Journal on Addictions 1995;4:33-42

6) Hellerstein DJ, Rosenthal RN, Pinsker H: Supportive therapy as the treatment model of choice. The Journal of Psychotherapy Practice and Research 1994;3:300-306

7) Hellerstein DJ, Little SAS: SSRI medications in the treatment of dysthymia and chronic depression. Journal of Serotonin Research 1994;1:181-187

8) Kocsis JH, Zisook S, Davidson J, Shelton R, Yonkers K, Hellerstein DJ, Rosenbaum J, Halbreich U: Double-blind comparison of sertraline, imipramine, and placebo in the treatment of dysthymia: psychosocial outcomes. American Journal of Psychiatry 1997;154:390-395

9) Miner CR, Rosenthal RN, Hellerstein DJ: Through the revolving door: prediction of dropout in substance-abusing schizophrenic patients in outpatient group treatment, Archives of General Psychiatry 1997;54:706-712

10) Hellerstein DJ, Rosenthal RN, Pinsker H, Samstag LW, Muran JC, Winston A: A randomized prospective study comparing supportive and dynamic therapies: outcome and alliance. Journal of Psychiatric Practice and Research 1998;7:261-271

11) Rosenthal RN, Muran JC, Pinsker H, Hellerstein DJ, Winston A: Interpersonal change in brief supportive psychotherapy. J of Psychotherapy Practice and Research 1998;8:

LITERARY PUBLICATIONS
BOOKS

1) Battles of Life and Death (essays), Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 1986; paperback: Warner, New York, 1987

2) Loving Touches (novel), Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 1987; paperback: Warner, New York, 1988

3) A Family of Doctors (memoir), Hill and Wang, New York, 1994; paperback: Ivy Books, New York, 1995

BOOK CHAPTERS (SELECTED)

1) "Overdosing on medical technology." In: Contemporary Moral Controversies in Technology, edited by A.P. Iannone, Oxford University Press, New York, 1987

2) "The slow, costly death of Mrs. K." In: Envisioning Information, Edward Tufte, Graphics Press, Cheshire, CT, 1990

3) "On Medicine and Literature." In: Conversations With Robert Coles, edited by J. Woodruff and S.C. Woodruff, University Press of Mississippi, Jackson, Mississippi, 1992

4) "Touching." In: On Doctoring, ed. by R. Reynolds, MD and J. Stone, MD, Simon and Schuster, New York, 1991

ARTICLES, ESSAYS, STORIES (SELECTED)

Over 60 publications in: New York Times Magazine, North American Review, Harper's, Ms., Esquire, Vogue, Yankee, Science Digest, Hippocrates, Fiction, and other journals. Including:

"Letting Go of Payne Whitney," New York Times Magazine, November 6, 1994

"A Case Study," Interview of Oliver Sacks, New York Woman, December 1990

"Plotting a Theory of the Brain," interview of Nobel Laureate Gerald M. Edelman, New York Times Magazine, May 22,1988 (cover story)

"Now the Psychiatrist Can Do More Than Just Listen," TV Guide, October 8, 1988

"High Speed Shrinking," Science Digest, 1986

"The Muse of Medicine," interview of Lewis Thomas, Esquire, March 1984

"Cures That Kill," Harper's, December 1980

"Lili," North American Review, Sept-October, 1996

"Crack Time," Fiction, vol. 9, #2, Spring 1989

"Keeping secrets, telling tales: the psychiatrist as writer." Journal of Medical Humanities 1997;18:127-139


MEDIA APPEARANCES (SELECTED)

Nightline, Newsline (New York), CBS This Morning, CBS News 2


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DAVID HELLERSTEIN, M.D

Dr. David Hellerstein is Chief of Outpatient Psychiatry at Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, NY, and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Hellerstein has received national recognition as a writer, essayist and journalist. His books include Battles of Life and Death (essays about medical training) and A Family of Doctors (a memoir of the five generations of doctors in his family), and his journalism has appeared in many magazines, including The New York Times Magazine, Harper=s, Esquire, and The North American Review. His emotionally compelling writing on the human aspects of medical and psychiatric care has been praised by writers and critics including Tobias Wolff, Richard Selzer, and Dr. Sherwin Nuland.

His psychiatric practice specializes in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, with a particular focus on psychopharmacology, or the use of medications to treat psychiatric symptoms. His research studies have been widely published in psychiatric journals.

Dr. Hellerstein is Director of the Mood Disorders Research Unit at Beth Israel Medical Center, which has done a wide variety of pioneering studies including:

C the treatment of dysthymia (chronic depression),

C new treatments of depression, schizophrenia, and manic-depressive illness,

C the combination of psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy

He received an A.B. in History and Literature from Harvard College in 1976 and an M.D. from Stanford University in 1980. After completing residency training program in psychiatry at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center in 1984, and a fellowship in Public Psychiatry at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center-New York State Psychiatric Institute in 1985, he moved to Beth Israel Medical Center in 1985. He is now director of the Outpatient Psychiatry Division.

A member of PEN and Authors Guild, Dr. Hellerstein has been a contributing editor for Science Digest, 7 Days Magazine, MD Magazine, and North American Review. He received the Pushcart Prize award for best essay in 1981, and several MacDowell Colony fellowships. He has been consultant to the Public Broadcasting Systems for its television series, "Managing our Miracles: Health Care in America," and to Health Affairs magazine, and is a reviewer for professional journals including: Pychosomatics, the American Journal of Psychiatry, and CNS Drugs. He is currently President of the New York County District Branch of the American Psychiatric Association.

Dr. Hellerstein has served as investigator, co-principal investigator, or principal investigator on approximately 15 research grants, which have been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute of Drug Abuse, and various pharmaceutical companies. He is currently involved in research projects on St. John's Wort in depression; Lamictal (lamotrigine) in manic depressive illness; Wellbutrin in chronic depression; combined medication and group therapy in chronic depression; and the effects of assertive case management on the care of patients with coexisting schizophrenia and substance abuse disorders.

PUBLICATIONS:

"The Body on the Sidewalk: AIDS, Homelessness, Crack, and the Public Life of Death," 7 Days, October 19, 1988 (cover story)

"It's Life and Death. You're a Hostage. How Would You--How Should You--React?" TV Guide, April 30, 1988

"Men in the '80's. Multiplying Roles: The Next Stage," Ms., October 1987

"TV and Marriage," TV Guide, September 1987

"High Speed Shrinking," Science Digest, 1986

(artificial skin) Science Digest, 1986

(combining psychotherapy and medication) American Health, May 1985

"When Men Won't Grow Up," Esquire, October 1983 (cover story)

"Overdosing on Medical Technology," Technology Review, MIT, August 1983

INTERVIEWS/PROFILES:

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"Computers on the Couch," profile of Sherry Turkle, Esquire, December 1985

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"On Medicine and Literature: An Interview with Robert Coles," North American Review, Spring 1981

"The Realms of Chance," profile of novelist Margaret Drabble, Harvard Magazine, October 1980 (won David McCord Essay Prize)

ESSAYS:

" XXXXX " , Hippocrates, 1998

"Vision," North American Review, 1997

"Reinventing the Egg," Hippocrates, August 1996

"Surgical Warrior," Ohio Magazine, February 1995

"A Family of Doctors," MD Magazine, June 1992

"Disruptions," Living Well Magazine, Spring 1992

"A Complete Theory of Ghosts," North American Review, Summer 1991

"A Walkout in the Sinking Empire," North American Review, Winter 1989

"The Hope Epidemic," Mirabella, October 1989

"The Indoor Kid," 7 Days, February 8, 1989

"Tears After Bedtime," 7 Days, May 25, 1988

"Dad's Morning Out," 7 Days, September 7, 1988

"Vectors," North American Review, Winter 1988

"Heart Versus Time," North American Review, Winter 1987

"Deconstruction," NAR, Winter 1986

"Us and Them: Just What Are Attendings For?" Massachusetts Medicine, Nov/Dec 1986

"How Did She Do It?" Working Mother, 1986

"Convention," NAR, Summer 1986

"Gloria," NAR, Winter 1985

"The Middle Dominions," NAR, Summer 1985

"The Assistant," NAR, Winter 1984

"The Heat," Esquire, July 1985

"Studies of the Heart," NAR, Summer 1984

"On Becoming a Psychiatrist," Science Digest, 1986

"The Training of a Gynecologist," Ms., November 1984

"The Madonna of Red Hook," NAR, Summer 1982

"Children of the Valley," NAR, Summer, 1983

"The Battle for the Dead," Esquire, May 1982

"Beds," NAR, Winter 1983

"The Gray Ones," NAR, Winter 1981

"Fire in the Hills," NAR, Summer 1981

"Border Lines," Esquire, November 1982

"Related Illnesses," NAR, Winter 1980

"The Electric Prince," NAR, Winter 1982

"A Death in the Glitter Palace," NAR, Spring 1980

FICTION:

"Lili," North American Review, Sept-October, 1996

"Crack Time," Fiction, vol. 9, #2, Spring 1989

"Killer Butterfly," North American Review, Summer 1987

"Thousands of Them," Yankee Magazine, July 1987

"The Spirit of the Grove," North American Review, Fall 1984

outtakes:

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LITERARY BIBLIOGRAPHY

1. BOOKS:

A Family of Doctors, nonfiction, Hill & Wang, 1994

paperback: Ivy, 1995

Loving Touches, novel, Houghton Mifflin, 1987

paperback: Warner, 1988

Battles of Life and Death, essay collection, Houghton Mifflin, 1987

paperback: Warner, 1987

2. BOOK CHAPTERS, ANTHOLOGIES:

"On Medicine and Literature: An Interview with Robert Coles," in Conversations With Robert Coles, ed. by Jay Woodruff and Sarah Carew Woodruff, U Press of Mississippi, 1992 Jackson, Miss., 91-111

"Touching," in On Doctoring, ed. by R. Reynolds, MD and J. Stone, MD, Simon and Schuster, New York, 1991, 395-8

"Men and Women Can Share Role Responsibilities," in Male/Female Roles, ed. DL Bender, Greenhaven Press, San Diego, 1988, 65-69

"On Medicine and Literature: An Interview with Robert Coles," in Times of Surrender, selected essays by Robert Coles, U. of Iowa Press, 1988, 59-76

"Cures That Kill," in Shaping Prose, ed. S. Gillespie, Little Brown, 1984

"A Death in the Glitter Palace," in Pushcart Prize VI: The Best of the Small Presses, 1981-2, ed. W. Henderson, Pushcart Press, 53-68 (won Best Essay Award)

3. SHORT STORIES:

"Lili," North American Review, Sept-October, 1996, 34-39

"The Ghost of the Bronx," MD Magazine, March 1990, 90-98

"Crack Time," Fiction, vol. 9, #2, Spring 1989, 61-71

"Killer Butterfly," North American Review, Summer 1987, 39-43

"Thousands of Them," Yankee Magazine, July 1987, 76-9, 108-14

"The Study of the Heart," Medical Heritage, March/April 1986, 108-113

"The Spirit of the Grove," North American Review, Fall 1984,

4. ESSAYS:

"Reinventing the Egg," Hippocrates, August 1996, in press

"Surgical Warrior," Ohio Magazine, February 1995, 11-13

"A Family of Doctors," MD Magazine, June 1992, 186-194

"Disruptions," Living Well Magazine, Spring 1992, 127-8

"A Complete Theory of Ghosts," North American Review, Summer 1991, 56-60

"A Walkout in the Sinking Empire," North American Review, Winter 1989

"The Hope Epidemic," Mirabella, October 1989, 87

"The Indoor Kid," 7 Days, February 8, 1989, 36-7

"Tears After Bedtime," 7 Days, May 25, 1988, 28

"Dad's Morning Out," 7 Days, September 7, 1988, 27-8

"Vectors," North American Review, Winter 1988,

"Heart Versus Time," North American Review, Winter 1987,

"Deconstruction," NAR, Winter 1986,

"Us and Them: Just What Are Attendings For?" Massachusetts Medicine, November/December 1986, 17-22

"How Did She Do It?" Working Mother,

"Convention," NAR, Summer 1986,

"Gloria," NAR, Winter 1985,

"The Middle Dominions," NAR, Summer 1985, 54-59

"The Assistant," NAR, Winter 1984, 51-55

"The Heat," Esquire, July 1985, 75-80

"Studies of the Heart," NAR, Summer 1984, 56-60

"On Becoming a Psychiatrist," Science Digest, 1986,

"The Training of a Gynecologist," Ms., November 1984, 136-7

"The Madonna of Red Hook," NAR, Summer 1982, 53-57

"Children of the Valley," NAR, Summer, 1983, 52-57

"The Battle for the Dead," Esquire, May 1982, 83-90

"Beds," NAR, Winter 1983, 4-10

"The Gray Ones," NAR, Winter 1981, 47-53

"Fire in the Hills," NAR, Summer 1981,

"Border Lines," Esquire, November 1982, 126-135

"Related Illnesses," NAR, Winter 1980, 57-63

"The Electric Prince," NAR, Winter 1982, 50-55

"A Death in the Glitter Palace," NAR, Spring 1980, 18-23

5. ARTICLES:

"Letting Go of Payne Whitney," New York Times Magazine, November 6, 1994, 50-51

"You're Not Nuts, You're Just Dysthymic," 7 Days, September 20, 1989,

"Now the Psychiatrist Can Do More Than Just Listen," TV Guide, October 8, 1988, 14-15

"Spying on Guys," Mademoiselle, January 1989, 105-47

"The Body on the Sidewalk: AIDS, Homelessness, Crack, and the Public Life of Death," 7 Days, October 19, 1988, (cover story), 21-25

"Inside Dope on Thorazine, Lithium and Prozac," 7 Days, November 2, 1988, 33-34

"It's Life and Death. You're a Hostage. How Would You--How Should You--React?" TV Guide, April 30, 1988, 4-7

"Men in the '80's. Multiplying Roles: The Next Stage," Ms., October 1987, 48-50

"TV and Marriage," TV Guide, September 1987, 4-7

"High Speed Shrinking," Science Digest, 1986, 60-63, 82

(artificial skin) Science Digest, 1986

(combining psychotherapy and medication) American Health,May 1985

"When Men Won't Grow Up," Esquire, October 1983 (cover story)

"Overdosing on Medical Technology," Technology Review, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, August 1983, 12-17

"The Slow Costly Death of Mrs. K.," Harper's (annotation), March 1984, 84-90

"Cures That Kill," Harper's, December 1980, 20-24

6. INTERVIEWS/PROFILES:

"A Case Study," Interview of Oliver Sacks, neurologist, New York Woman, December 1990, 99-103

"Plotting a Theory of the Brain," interview of Nobel Laureate Gerald M. Edelman, New York Times Magazine, May 22,1988 (cover story), 16-19, 27-28, 55, 61, 64

"Computers on the Couch," profile of Sherry Turkle, Esquire, December 1985,

"The Muse of Medicine," interview of Lewis Thomas, Esquire, March 1984,

"On Medicine and Literature: An Interview with Robert Coles," North American Review, Spring 1981,

"The Realms of Chance," profile of novelist Margaret Drabble, Harvard Magazine, October 1980 (won David McCord Essay Prize), 57-60

7. REVIEWS: (partial listing)

"Treating Minds Amid the Maelstrom," review of Crazy all the Time, by Frederick L. Covan, and The Mad Among Us, by Gerald N. Grob, Newsday, March 27, 1994, 43

review of Hollywood on the Couch, by Stephen Farger and Marc Green, Elle, August 1993

"Medicine in the Courtroom," review of Trials of an Expert Witness, by Harold Klawans, MD Magazine, March 1992, 145

"Speaking in Silence," review of A Man Without Words, by Susan Schaller, MD Magazine, May 1991, 99.

"A Delicate Balance," review of Other Women's Children, by Perri Klass, MD Magazine, March 1991, 110-111

review of Patricia Yoomtob and T. Schwartz, The Gift of Life, New York Times Book Review, 1987

review of Nancy Friday, Jealousy, Vogue

review of Jay Katz, Medicine: The Silent Profession, The Sciences, New York Academy of Sciences, October 1984, 53-54

8. AWARDS/FELLOWSHIPS:

1988 MacDowell Colony Fellowship

1986 MacDowell Colony Fellowship

1984 MacDowell Colony Fellowship

1981 Pushcart Prize Best Essay Award

1981 Harvard Magazine David McCord Essay Prize

9. CONTRIBUTING EDITORSHIPS:

1992-5 Contributing Editor, Living Well Magazine

1990-5 Contributing Editor, MD Magazine

1988-90 Contributing Editor, 7 Days

1981-present Contributing Editor, North American Review

1985-87 Contributing Editor, Science Digest

10. CURRENT PROJECTS:

Stone Babies, a novel

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