Prof Paul Summergrad MD

Member of Scientific Advisory Board

Prof Paul Summergrad MD is the Dr Frances S Arkin professor and chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and professor of medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine and psychiatrist-in-chief at Tufts Medical Center. He is the past president of the American Psychiatric Association. 

Paul has served as founding chairman of the Tufts Medical Center Physicians Organization since 2005 and is a former president of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and of the American Association of Chairs of Departments of Psychiatry. He is a member of the Tufts Medical Center and the Wellforce boards of trustees, and co-chairs the Tufts University Mental Health Task Force.

An international leader in medical psychiatric illness and care, his research focuses on mood disorders, medical-psychiatric illness, and health system design. He has published extensively with more than 100 peer review publications, books, book chapters and other communications. He serves on the editorial boards of Academic Psychiatry, Current Psychiatry and Personalized Medicine in Psychiatry. A sought-after speaker, educator and consultant, he has served as a visiting professor and been invited to give lectures across the world. He is a member of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual 5 Steering Committee of the American Psychiatric Association and the Standing Committee on Nominations of the World Psychiatric Association. He is a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists and of the American College of Physicians, and has received numerous other awards and honours including Castle and Connolly’s America’s Top Doctors from 2011 to the present, and the Distinguished Faculty Award from Tufts University School of Medicine.

Paul earned his degree from the School of Medicine at the State University of New York, before completing his training in internal medicine at Boston City Hospital and Boston University School of Medicine and in psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, where he was chief resident and a clinical fellow in psychiatry. He is board certified in both psychiatry and internal medicine.

The limitations of currently available treatments for psychiatric illnesses has led to investigating agents which have been previously abandoned or used for other purposes. Recent pilot research has suggested a possible benefit for some psychoactive agents. Given the complex history of these agents, it requires great care and highly responsible leadership to do larger scale clinical studies. The leadership of Compass Pathways brings extraordinary skills and experience. Their track record of entrepreneurship, clinical excellence and rigorous attention to oversight of complex endeavors convinced me that they would be able to pursue this research in a manner which would reflect both the opportunities and challenges in finding new treatments for refractory psychiatry disorders.