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Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD, is Adjunct Professor at the Columbia University School of Public Health; was for 12 years the Chief Medical Officer for the NYS Office of Mental Health, the nation's largest state mental health agency; Opinion Columnist for US News & World Report; and Contributing Writer for Lancet, Medscape, Psychology Today, the NY Journal of Books, and the Washington Independent Review of Books. His writings have appeared in the NYT, WSJ, Washington Post, The Atlantic, The Daily News, The Boston Business Journal, and The Tennessean, among many other publications.


He was, for 7 years, the Medical Editor for Mental Health for the HuffPost, where over 250 of his posts and videos were published. He has served as Mental Health Commissioner for NYC (under Mayor Mike Bloomberg); was for 11 years Medical Director/EVP of McLean Hospital, a Harvard teaching hospital; and as Director of Clinical Services for the American Psychiatric Association. He has written hundreds of articles on mental health and addiction, as well as book, film, TV and theatre reviews. He has published thirteen books.


Dr. Sederer has led large scale, mental health disaster responses for New York City and New York State, including 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy.


He was the 2019 recipient of the Doctor of the Year award from The National Council on Behavioral Health; a Rockefeller Foundation Scholar in Residence; and the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness. His professional Association (APA) named him Psychiatric Administer of the Year and (at another time) he received the APA’s award for Excellence in Teaching Residents.


He is Chair of the Advisory Board of Get Help; CMO of Bongo Media; and Senior Advisor to Minded, Inc. He has taught medical writing for the lay public for 18 sequential semesters at the Columbia Department of Psychiatry/NYS Psychiatric Institute, where he founded and directed Columbia Psychiatry Media.


His latest books are Ink-Stained for Life (2020) and The Addiction Solution: Treating Our Dependence on Opioids and Other Drugs (2018). Look for his next book in 2023.

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