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Dr. Barry Sarvet Promoted to Vice Chair, BMC Department of Psychiatry

April 19, 2010

Dr. Barry Sarvet, who joined the Department of Psychiatry at Baystate Medical Center in 1999 as chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, has been promoted to the position of vice chair of the Department of Psychiatry.


“Since his arrival at Baystate Medical Center, Dr. Sarvet has provided outstanding leadership for our Child Psychiatry Division which has flourished over the years and today serves as a model for the integration of children’s behavioral health with pediatric services,” said Dr. Benjamin Liptzin, chair, Department of Psychiatry, Baystate Medical Center.


Dr. Sarvet received his bachelor and doctor of medicine degrees from the Honors Program in Medical Education at Northwestern University, graduating as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He did his internship at Norwalk Hospital where he was selected as Intern of the Year, and completed his general psychiatry residency and fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Yale.


Before coming to Baystate, Dr. Sarvet was director of training in the Division of Child Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico and associate medical director of the UNM Children's Psychiatric Hospital. He later served as executive medical director of the Behavioral Health Department for Presbyterian Healthcare Services in Albuquerque.


During his tenure as chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Baystate, Dr. Sarvet helped to design the nationally recognized Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Project (MCPAP), an innovative statewide program assisting primary care physicians in responding to children’s mental health problems in the primary care setting. He has served as the statewide co-medical director for the program since its inception. Dr. Sarvet has also championed the development of a variety of evidence-based psychotherapy practices for children within outpatient programs at Baystate, and has worked to disseminate these treatments within the community. Over the past decade, Dr. Sarvet has contributed numerous presentations at scientific meetings and publications regarding his special interests in the integration of mental health with primary care and strategies for improving access to mental health services for children.  He has also provided consultations for healthcare institutions throughout the United States regarding the development of collaborative systems for mental health delivery.


A recognized advocate in the community, Dr. Sarvet currently serves as president of the Western Massachusetts Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Active in  advocacy and mental health policy development at both the state and national levels, he was recently appointed by the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health to chair a committee on the promotion of best practices in children’s mental health within the state’s current Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative.


In his new role as vice chair, Dr. Sarvet’s expanded duties will include providing leadership for quality management initiatives in the Department of Psychiatry. He will also serve as liaison to the hospital’s Clinical Informatics Division as Baystate continues its efforts to “go paperless” and integrate electronic medical records throughout its many clinical departments to further improve patient safety and efficiency.


In collaboration with pediatric medical specialists, Baystate Behavioral Health & Child Behavioral Health offers comprehensive psychiatric and psychological services for children, adolescents, and their families. For more information on the many services offered, call 413-794-5555 or visit the behavioral health services web page