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David DeMaso

Psychiatrist in Chief

Isolation, shame, and anger after a trial

David R. DeMaso, M.D. is the Psychiatrist-in-Chief, Chairman of Psychiatry, and Leon Eisenberg Chair in Psychiatry at Children's Hospital Boston and a Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. His long-standing interest in understanding distress and promoting resilience in hospital clinicians has led him to direct the Office of Clinician Support at Children's Hospital Boston, a program that uniquely combines elements of an employee assistance program with those of a traditional Ombudsman's office to provide hospital clinicians with a safe, confidential environment to voice concerns, evaluate situations, organize thoughts, assess feelings, and decide what is important according to their specific circumstances.

Supporting doctors early on during a litigation process is vital. The support process is complex and resources can be drawn on from many areas.