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John Adam Fromson, M.D.

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Biography
2003
Distinguished Fellow
2004
Caring for the Caregivers Award
2007
Excellence in Tutorial Facilitation Award
2008
Outstanding Psychiatrist Award for Advancement of the Profession
2010
Excellence in Tutorial Facilitation Award
2010
Partners in Excellence Award
2011
Professionalism Article Prize
2012
Distinguished Fellow
2013
Partners in Excellence Award
2016
Distinguished Clinician
2017
Excellence in Clinical Instruction

Overview
John A. Fromson, MD, is vice chair for community psychiatry at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and chief of psychiatry at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital. He is also editor of the online CareerCenter for Physicians of the New England Journal of Medicine.

His clinical and research activities focus on issues relating to physician and medical student health, professional development, and patient safety. He was the founding director and served as president of Physician Health Services, a national model in identifying and monitoring physicians and medical students with substance use disorders and mental and physical illness. He is chair of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry's Committee on Physician Health, past chair of the American Psychiatric Association's Committee on Physician Health, Illness and Impairment, and past president of the Federation of State Physician Health Programs. In 2010 he was elected Class A Trustee of the General Service Board of Alcoholics Anonymous, Inc. (AA).

Dr. Fromson is also past president of the Massachusetts Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors. During his term the Coalition developed two statewide collaborative projects to support hospitals in implementing safe practices in the areas of reconciling medications and communicating critical test results. These were subsequently adopted by the Joint Commission in its National Patient Safety Goals for 2005 through 2008. Three year funding for these projects was provided by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). He also chaired its Restraint Consensus Group that developed the first statewide best practices for creating restraint-free environments in hospitals, long term care, and psychiatric facilities.

For his work in the areas of patient safety and physician and medical student health, Dr. Fromson is the recipient of the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society's 2008 Outstanding Psychiatrist Award for Advancement of the Profession. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Fromson is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and received the Harvard Medical School Excellence in Tutoring Award for the academic year 2007 and 2010. He received the 2016 Distinguished Clinician Award from Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Harvard Medical School Class of 2017 Excellence in Clinical Instruction Award.

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  1. Guo Q, Zheng Y, Shi J, Wang J, Li G, Li C, Fromson JA, Xu Y, Liu X, Xu H, Zhang T, Lu Y, Chen X, Hu H, Tang Y, Yang S, Zhou H, Wang X, Chen H, Wang Z, Yang Z. Immediate psychological distress in quarantined patients with COVID-19 and its association with peripheral inflammation: a mixed-method study. Brain Behav Immun. 2020 May 13. PMID: 32416290.
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  2. Lonergan BB, Duchin NP, Fromson JA, AhnAllen CG. Skills-Based Psychotherapy Training for Inpatient Psychiatry Residents: a Needs Assessment and Evaluation of a Pilot Curriculum. Acad Psychiatry. 2020 Jun; 44(3):320-323. PMID: 31828674.
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  3. Sikavi D, McMahon J, Fromson JA. Catatonia Due to Tacrolimus Toxicity 16 Years After Renal Transplantation: Case Report and Literature Review. J Psychiatr Pract. 2019 Nov; 25(6):481-484. PMID: 31821227.
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  4. Ward HB, Yudkoff BL, Fromson JA. Lurasidone Malabsorption Following Bariatric Surgery: A Case Report. J Psychiatr Pract. 2019 Jul; 25(4):313-317. PMID: 31291214.
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  5. Kroll DS, Wrenn K, Grimaldi JA, Campbell L, Raynor G, Dawson M, Irwin L, Pires M, Giacalone P, Tuohy D, Fromson JA, Wolfe D, Gitlin DF. Longitudinal Urgent Care Psychiatry as a Unique Access Point for Underserved Patients. Psychiatr Serv. 2019 09 01; 70(9):837-839. PMID: 31084294.
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  6. Ward HB, Fromson JA, Cooper JJ, De Oliveira G, Almeida M. Correction to: Recommendations for the use of ECT in pregnancy: literature review and proposed clinical protocol. Arch Womens Ment Health. 2018 12; 21(6):723. PMID: 29934883.
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  7. Kosman KA, AhnAllen CG, Fromson JA. A Call to Action: the Need for Integration of Transgender Topics in Psychiatry Education. Acad Psychiatry. 2019 Feb; 43(1):82-88. PMID: 30105575.
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  8. Kroll DS, Thom R, VAN Lunteren J, Toretta C, Crowley B, Knotts P, Fromson J. Trauma Does Not Predict Patients' Experiences With Constant Observation. J Psychiatr Pract. 2018 07; 24(4):299-304. PMID: 30427814.
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  9. Ward HB, Fromson JA, Cooper JJ, De Oliveira G, Almeida M. Recommendations for the use of ECT in pregnancy: literature review and proposed clinical protocol. Arch Womens Ment Health. 2018 12; 21(6):715-722. PMID: 29796968.
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  10. Almeida M, Fromson J. Comment on "Examining Burnout, Depression, and Attitudes Regarding Drug Use Among Lebanese Medical Students During the 4 Years of Medical School". Acad Psychiatry. 2018 08; 42(4):578. PMID: 29637513.
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  11. Thom RP, Fromson JA. Olfactory Hallucinations as the Presenting Symptom in Acute Psychosis. Prim Care Companion CNS Disord. 2017 Oct 19; 19(5). PMID: 29068608.
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  12. Kiemele E, Dell CA, Hopkins C, Beckstead J, Fromson JA. Reconciling America's Research Response to Binge Drinking among American Indians and Alaskan Natives. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2017; 28(3):860-868. PMID: 28804064.
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  13. Sanfey H, Fromson JA, Mellinger J, Rakinic J, Williams M, Williams B. Residents in distress: an exploration of assistance-seeking and reporting behaviors. Am J Surg. 2015 Oct; 210(4):678-84. PMID: 26193800.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  14. Sanfey H, Fromson J, Mellinger J, Rakinic J, Williams M, Williams B. Surgeons in Difficulty: An Exploration of Differences in Assistance-Seeking Behaviors between Male and Female Surgeons. J Am Coll Surg. 2015 Aug; 221(2):621-7. PMID: 25872689.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  15. Fromson JA, Iodice KE, Donelan K, Birnbaum RJ. Supporting the returning veteran: building linkages between clergy and health professionals. J Psychiatr Pract. 2014 Nov; 20(6):479-83. PMID: 25406054.
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  16. Goldfarb E, Fromson JA, Gorrindo T, Birnbaum RJ. Enhancing informed consent best practices: gaining patient, family and provider perspectives using reverse simulation. J Med Ethics. 2012 Sep; 38(9):546-51. PMID: 22522147.
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  17. Fromson JA. Surgeon, heal thyself. Arch Surg. 2012 Feb; 147(2):174. PMID: 22351914.
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  18. Fromson JA, Sutton-Skinner KM, Gorrindo T, Baer L, Romeo SA, Rieu-Werden ML, Birnbaum RJ. Attention to body mass index by child psychiatry providers when prescribing second-generation antipsychotic medication to children: a survey study using a clinical vignette. Early Interv Psychiatry. 2012 May; 6(2):195-200. PMID: 22225592.
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  19. Goldfarb E, Baer L, Fromson JA, Gorrindo T, Iodice KE, Birnbaum RJ. Attendees' perceptions of commercial influence in noncommercially funded CME programs. J Contin Educ Health Prof. 2012; 32(3):205-11. PMID: 23008083.
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  20. Fromson JA. The Asclepius: the ancient standard of physicians. Am J Psychiatry. 2011 Jul; 168(7):752. PMID: 21724678.
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  21. Gorrindo T, Baer L, Sanders KM, Birnbaum RJ, Fromson JA, Sutton-Skinner KM, Romeo SA, Beresin EV. Web-based simulation in psychiatry residency training: a pilot study. Acad Psychiatry. 2011 Jul-Aug; 35(4):232-237. PMID: 21804041.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  22. Fromson JA, Kenney LK. The disclosure dilemma--large-scale adverse events. N Engl J Med. 2010 Dec 16; 363(25):2471. PMID: 21158676.
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  23. Xiao Z, Wang J, Zhang M, Li H, Tang Y, Wang Y, Fan Q, Fromson JA. Error-related negativity abnormalities in generalized anxiety disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Prog Neuropsychopharmacol Biol Psychiatry. 2011 Jan 15; 35(1):265-72. PMID: 21111024.
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  24. Huffman JC, Petersen T, Baer L, Romeo S, Sutton-Skinner K, Fromson JA, Birnbaum RJ. Outcomes assessment in psychiatric postgraduate medical education: an exploratory study using clinical case vignettes. Acad Psychiatry. 2010 Nov-Dec; 34(6):445-8. PMID: 21041469.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  25. DesRoches CM, Rao SR, Fromson JA, Birnbaum RJ, Iezzoni L, Vogeli C, Campbell EG. Physicians' perceptions, preparedness for reporting, and experiences related to impaired and incompetent colleagues. JAMA. 2010 Jul 14; 304(2):187-93. PMID: 20628132.
    Citations: 13     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  26. Huffman JC, Freudenreich O, Romeo S, Baer L, Sutton-Skinner K, Petersen T, Fromson JA, Birnbaum RJ. Assessing clinicians' management of first episode schizophrenia using clinical case vignettes. Early Interv Psychiatry. 2010 Feb; 4(1):31-8. PMID: 20199478.
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  27. Sullivan MA, Birkmayer F, Boyarsky BK, Frances RJ, Fromson JA, Galanter M, Levin FR, Lewis C, Nace EP, Suchinsky RT, Tamerin JS, Tolliver B, Westermeyer J. Uses of coercion in addiction treatment: clinical aspects. Am J Addict. 2008 Jan-Feb; 17(1):36-47. PMID: 18214721.
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  28. Knight JR, Sanchez LT, Sherritt L, Bresnahan LR, Fromson JA. Outcomes of a monitoring program for physicians with mental and behavioral health problems. J Psychiatr Pract. 2007 Jan; 13(1):25-32. PMID: 17242589.
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  29. Nace EP, Birkmayer F, Sullivan MA, Galanter M, Fromson JA, Frances RJ, Levin FR, Lewis C, Suchinsky RT, Tamerin JS, Westermeyer J. Socially sanctioned coercion mechanisms for addiction treatment. Am J Addict. 2007 Jan-Feb; 16(1):15-23. PMID: 17364417.
    Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  30. Leape LL, Fromson JA. Problem doctors: is there a system-level solution? Ann Intern Med. 2006 Jan 17; 144(2):107-15. PMID: 16418410.
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  31. Anfang SA, Faulkner LR, Fromson JA, Gendel MH. The American Psychiatric Association's resource document on guidelines for psychiatric fitness-for-duty evaluations of physicians. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2005; 33(1):85-8. PMID: 15809244.
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  32. Knight JR, Sanchez LT, Sherritt L, Bresnahan LR, Silveria JM, Fromson JA. Monitoring physician drug problems: attitudes of participants. J Addict Dis. 2002; 21(4):27-36. PMID: 12296499.
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  33. Fromson JA. Growth hormone therapy in adults and children. N Engl J Med. 2000 Feb 03; 342(5):359. PMID: 10660403.
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