Exempliary Contributions to Psychiatry – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Exempliary Contributions to Psychiatry

Dr. John A. Fromson ’75 has dedicated his life to providing mental health services to his patients. Recently, he was recognized for his outstanding contribution to patient safety and physician and medical student health. Fromson was awarded the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society’s 2008 Outstanding Psychiatrist award for Advancement of the Profession. In further appreciation of his work, he was also presented with the Medical School Excellence in Tutoring Award for the 2007 academic year. After graduating from Hobart College, Fromson attended New York Medical College and later completed his residency in psychiatry through Harvard Medical School at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center. He served as chief resident of the center and held fellowships in child and adolescent psychiatry, which lead to his expertise in the fields of child, adolescent and addiction psychiatry. Fromson is also a clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School and the physician editor of the New England Journal of Medicine’s online CareerCenter Resource Center. He is the founding director and former president of Physician Health Services, an organization that aids in the prevention, identification, referral and monitoring of physicians and medical students with substance use disorders, mental health issues and physical illness. Fromson currently chairs the American Psychiatric Association’s Committee on Physician Health, Illness and Impairment and is co-chair of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry’s Committee on Physician Health.