About the Authors
Jessica Oesterheld, M.D. is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and Tufts Medical School and completed residencies in General, College and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Cozza K, Armstrong S, Oesterheld JR et al. Drug interactions in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry chapter in Blumenthal and Strain: Textbook of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, American Psychiatric Press Inc, 2006
David N. Osser, M.D. is a national, and international consultant in clinical psychopharmacology with over 25 years of experience in a wide variety of settings. He is most well known for the development of systematic, comprehensive algorithmic pathways for evidence-supported psychopharmacological treatment of depressive, psychotic, and anxiety disorders. In collaboration with Robert Patterson, M.D., these algorithms have been produced in an Internet-based "virtual psychopharmacology consultation" interactive computer format. These may be found at the web site www.mhc.com/Algorithms. In October 2001 this web site won a Kanter Foundation Award for "journalists who foster knowledge about the benefits of collecting and standardizing data on health outcomes, so patients and clinicians can use scientific, evidence-based information to guide their treatment decisions."
Dr. Osser is an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He is an author of more than 50 academic products, including journal articles, software, monographs, book chapters, and abstracts. He received four awards for outstanding teaching, and two Exemplary Psychiatrist awards from the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) and from the Massachusetts chapter of NAMI. He has been on the staff of Taunton State Hospital for over 25 years and currently is Director of the Psychopharmacology Consultation Service and Director of Medical Practice Evaluation and Management. He is also on the staff of the Brockton Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, where he is the Psychiatrist for the Domiciliary program for homeless veterans. He is also President of the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society, a district branch of the American Psychiatric Association.
Dr. Osser is a member of the International Psychopharmacology Algorithm Project, directed by Kenneth Jobson, M.D. Under their auspices, he has presented his algorithms and software in Japan and China in the past several years. He has been named an "Honorary International Advisory Member of the Chinese Psychopharmacology Algorithm Project with gratitude from the Beijing University Institute of Psychiatry and the Ministry of Health of the People's Republic of China."
He lives in Needham, Massachusetts with his wife Stephanie, two children, Rosie (19) and Daniel (16), and two turtles, Hypotenuse 4.0 and Hypotenuse 5.0.
Neil B. Sandson, M.D. is Director of the Psychopharmacology Consultation Service and the Director of the Division of Education and Residency Training at Sheppard Pratt Hospital, Baltimore Maryland. He graduated from Amherst College and then the University of Maryland with an M.D. His residency was at Sheppard Pratt. Dr. Sandson is an examiner for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland.
His professional interests include the cytochrome P450 system, drug-drug interactions, mechanisms of action of psychotropic agents and teaching.
Gabriel Eckermann, M.D.
1981 Doctor of Medicine, the University of Munich, Germany
1982 – 1988: General Psychiatry internship and residency at District Clinic for Psychiatry and Neurology in Kaufbeuren (Bavaria): Germany
Since 1982: Psychiatrist at Bezirkskrankenhaus Kaufbeuren, District Clinic for Psychiatry and Neurology in Kaufbeuren (Bavaria), Germany (Specialty Clinic for Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Neurology)
Since 1986: Has regularly conducted continuing education courses in psychopharmacology for employees of Bavarian District Hospitals and University Clinics
Since 1988: Senior Consultant in psychiatry at District Clinic for Psychiatry and Neurology in Kaufbeuren (Bavaria), Germany
Since 1990: Responsible for drug safety in psychiatry in District Clinic for Psychiatry and Neurology in Kaufbeuren (Bavaria), Germany
Since 1995: Senior Consultant in psychopharmacology for eight hospitals for psychiatry, neurology and psychotherapy in the southern area of Bavaria
Since 1995: Lectures on drug-drug interactions, Therapeutic Drug Monitoring (TDM), Pharmacogenetics and drug safety in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Norway, UK, USA
2001: Founder and Head of the plasma-level-testing laboratory for psychotropic drugs at the District Clinic for Psychiatry and Neurology in Kaufbeuren (Bavaria), Germany
2006: Coeditor (with Prof. C. Hiemke, Prof. E. Haen, Dr. M. Dobmeier) of a drug-drug interactions program for psychopharmacology in German: www.psiac.de
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