ABOUT REBECCA BRENDEL MD, JD
Rebecca Weintraub Brendel MD, JD is Director of the Master’s Degree Program at and Associate Director of the Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics. She bases her clinical work in psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) where she is the director of Law and Ethics at the Center for Law, Brain, and Behavior, provides medical oversight for the hospital’s inpatient guardianship team, consults to the intensive care management program, and practices clinical and forensic psychiatry. She is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Brendel graduated from both University of Chicago Law School and Pritzker School of Medicine. She completed her psychiatry residency at MGH and McLean Hospitals, a forensic psychiatry fellowship at MGH, and an ethics faculty fellowship at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard. She is also admitted to the Massachusetts Bar. Over the past 15 years, Dr. Brendel has practiced clinical psychiatry and provided administrative oversight in multiple capacities at MGH. She is past Clinical Director of the Red Sox Foundation/ MGH Home Base Program for returning veterans and their families and served as Medical Director of the One Fund Center for Boston Marathon bombing survivors and their families, based at MGH. She also served as Associate Director of the Harvard/ MGH Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship and is an avid teacher of medical students, residents and fellows, practicing physicians, and attorneys locally, nationally, and internationally.
Dr. Brendel has spent her career at the interface of psychiatry, medicine, law, and ethics, and has held positions on multiple clinical and organizational ethics committees. At present, she is Vice-Chair of the Massachusetts Medical Society Committee on Ethics, Grievances, and Professional Standards, Chair of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Ethics Committee, and serving in her second of seven years as a member of the American Medical Association (AMA) Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs. She has also served on ethics committees of the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society, the Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, and the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law.
Finally, Dr. Brendel has a distinguished record of service to organized medicine and psychiatry. She has served as an elected Councilor of the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society and as a member and Chair of the APA Committee on Bylaws, and recently completed two terms on the APA Conflict of Interest Committee. She is a past parliamentarian of the APA Board of Trustees and served on the APA delegation to the AMA as an alternate delegate and delegate.
Rebecca Brendel - CV
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