Since 1895, McLean Hospital has been located in Belmont, on a historic campus designed by Frederick Law Olmsted.
McLean Hospital opened its doors to the first patients treated by Massachusetts General Hospital in 1818. For nearly 200 years, McLean has been at the forefront of understanding and delivering care to the mentally ill with compassion informed by science and practice. Its medical records archive the history of Psychiatry. McLean moves into its the third century as a thriving and integral member of the Partners HealthCare System, Inc., which allows for comprehensive coordination of medical and psychiatric services. A major teaching facility of Harvard Medical School, McLean Hospital maintains the largest program of research in neuroscience and psychiatry of any private psychiatric hospital in the United States. A large program of clinical trials for new psychopharmacological agents allows patients access to many experimental medications before they are generally available. McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts, is about 10 miles west of downtown Boston.
Today, McLean annually admits more than 9,000 children and adults to inpatient and residential levels of care, renders more than 58,000 day treatment and outpatient visits and provides support in the community through seven satellite programs across the state. Meeting the mental health needs of communities across the Commonwealth is a role McLean has played throughout the years, making specialized psychiatric care more accessible. McLean has seven campuses within Massachusetts, with major clinical programs addressing a broad range of psychiatric illnesses, including: depression; bipolar and psychotic disorders; mood and anxiety disorders’ alcohol and drug abuse; dissociative disorders; Alzheimer’s disease and other geriatric illnesses; and child and adolescent psychiatric disorders. Each program offers access to a full continuum of care, including acute inpatient care, acute residential care, partial hospitalization, continuing residential care options and outpatient services. McLean’s multidisciplinary team responds to each patient’s situation with a commitment to individualized treatment that may include individual psychotherapy, group therapy, psychopharmacology and rehabilitation services.
McLean Hospital is home to the nation’s oldest and foremost research program in a psychiatric hospital setting. Since 1888, McLean has been dedicated to studying the role of biological factors in mental illness, and today the hospital has over three acres of floor space dedicated to this important research. Some of the most significant discoveries in the field of psychiatry have been made at McLean, shedding new light on the causes of and treatments for many complex neuropsychiatric disorders. To this day no other psychiatric hospital contains a comparable range of basic laboratory, brain imaging and clinical research facilities dedicated to the study of major brain disorders. McLean researchers are physicians, psychologists, pharmacists, and nurses with advanced scientific training, PhDs in the basic sciences, and MD-PhDs in fields, including brain imaging, behavioral genetics, clinical pharmacology, electrophysiology, epidemiology, genetics, molecular neurobiology, medicinal chemistry, neuroanatomy, neurology, neurochemistry, neuropathology, pharmacology, physics, psychology and statistics. Collaboration among investigators from these complementary disciplines is common. The unique strength of research at McLean lies in providing opportunities for this diverse group of clinician-scientists using state of the art research design and technology to interact in the study of the brain in health and illness. As a thriving and nurturing academic community, McLean is proud of its accomplishments that have maximized learning, scholarship and productive inquiry and takes great pleasure in celebrating the successes of its students, investigators, clinicians and faculty on and beyond our campuses. By fostering the careers of tomorrow’s psychiatric leaders through mentorship, professional development and faculty support, McLean is ensuring that patients and their families will continue to receive the best and most-informed care possible for decades and centuries to come. McLean’s staff is comprised of 376 faculty members with joint appointments at HMS, 190 Nursing Staff, 122 Social Work Staff, 325 Clinical Trainees and Students, and 90 Post-Doctoral Fellows. Nearly 500 students and fellows train at McLean Hospital each year. McLean today, continues to be a thriving, cutting-edge leader in psychiatric care research and education. It remains devoted to developing ever-better therapies, to pursue prevention, and eliminate stigma.
We dedicate ourselves each and every day to McLean’s mission of clinical care, scientific discovery, professional training and public education in order to improve the lives of people with psychiatric illness and their families. In all of our work, we strive to conduct ourselves with unwavering integrity, demonstrate compassion and respect for our patients, their families and our colleagues, foster an environment that embraces diversity and promotes teamwork, and achieve excellence and ever-better effectiveness and efficiency through innovation.
Our fundamental mission is, and always will be, to improve the lives of people with psychiatric illness and their families and we fulfill this mission by bringing together the best of science and compassion.
Scott L. Rauch, MD, President and Psychiatrist in Chief, McLean Hospital and Chair, Partners Psychiatry and Mental Health
The expertise in both PTSD and personality disorders at McLean, where I have my outpatient clinic, is simply outstanding, and I am currently formulating research and clinical plans with McLean faculty for PGY3 and PGY4. Right now I am doing my one-month rotation on the McLean inpatient unit for older adults with significant cognitive impairments. We have terrific didactics on neuropsychology, cognitive symptoms of dementia, psychosis in dementia, depression in later life, delirium, substance use disorders and sleep disorders in older adults, and geriatric bipolar disorder.
Alex Keuroghlian, Class of 2014
U.S. News & World Report ranks McLean Hospital #2 and Mass General Hospital #3 among top U.S. hospitals for psychiatry