Harold Bursztajn, MD, Psychiatry, Cambridge, MA

HaroldJ.BursztajnMD

Psychiatry Cambridge, MA

Forensic Psychiatry

Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry Associate Professor (Part Time)

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Summary

  • Dr. Harold Bursztajn is a psychiatrist in Cambridge, MA and is affiliated with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and has been in practice 41 years. He specializes in clinical and forensic psychiatry, and has a special interest in medical ethics, neuropsychiatry, psychoanalysis, and medical decision making.

Education & Training

  • Boston Psychoanalytic InstituteSpecial Graduate, 2005
  • Mass Mental Health CenterChief Residency, Psychiatry, 1981 - 1982
  • Massachusetts Mental Health CenterResidency, Psychiatry, 1979 - 1982
  • Division of Family Medicine and Primary Care, Harvard Medical SchoolResearch Fellow, 1978 - 1980
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
    Massachusetts General HospitalResidency, Internal Medicine, 1978 - 1979
  • Boston Children's Hospital
    Boston Children's HospitalInternship, Transitional Year, 1977 - 1978
  • Harvard Medical School
    Harvard Medical SchoolM.D, 1977
  • Harvard Medical School
    Harvard Medical SchoolSpecial Fellow, 1975 - 1976
  • Princeton UniversityAB, University Scholar, Magna cum Laude, 1972 - 1976
  • Harvard Medical School
    Harvard Medical SchoolClass of 1976, cum Laude
  • Princeton UniversityA.B, 1972
  • Eastside High SchoolDiploma, 1968

Certifications & Licensure

  • LA State Medical License
    LA State Medical License 2015 - 2015
  • FL State Medical License
    FL State Medical License 2012 - 2019
  • NH State Medical License
    NH State Medical License 1982 - 2014
  • MA State Medical License
    MA State Medical License 1978 - 2021
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Psychiatry

Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • Top Doctor Castle Connolly, 2010
  • A. Clifford Barger Excellence in Mentoring Award 2008
  • Project Advisor Harvard Medical School Academy Mentored Student Casebook Project, 2008
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Publications & Presentations

PubMed

Journal Articles

  • Death with dignity or life with managed care uncertainty?  
    Illingworth PI, Bursztajn HJ, Psychol Public Policy Law
  • Preventing “critogenic” harms: Minimizing emotional injury from civil litigation.  
    Gutheil TG, Bursztajn HJ, Brodsky A, Strasburger LH, J Psychol Law
  • Physicians indicated the need to frame questions and develop indirect approaches that foster patient trust in evaluating victims of domestic violence.  
    Bursztajn HJ, Evid Based Ment Health
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Books/Book Chapters

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Lectures

  • Medical Necessity, Managed Health CareDenial of Benefits, and the Nuremberg Code. 
    Professor Uwe E. Reinhardt, Ph.D., Princeton University 250 th Anniversary Symposium, Princeton,NJ
  • Medical Ethics: Who Getsthe Care? 
    Professor Uwe E. Reinhardt, Ph.D., Princeton University 250 th Anniversary Symposium, Princeton,NJ
  • Capital Punishment in the McVeigh Case. 
    BBC World Services. Cambridge, MA
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Other

  • Liability prevention through informed consent with some new approaches for the clinician. 
    Gutheil TG, Bursztajn HJ, Brodsky A, Risk Management Foundation Forum
  • Flight: the eloquence of silence. 
    Bursztajn HJ, Harvard Medical Alumni Bulletin
  • The phobic in court. 
    Bursztajn HJ, Lawyers Weekly
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Press Mentions

  • Photos, Even Selfies, Have the Power to Heal
    Photos, Even Selfies, Have the Power to HealJune 16, 2017 10:46
  • What to Watch Out for When Meds Are Discussed Online
    What to Watch Out for When Meds Are Discussed OnlineNovember 21, 2016 10:03
  • Doctors' Hopeful Outlook Can Be a Potent Tonic for Patients
    Doctors' Hopeful Outlook Can Be a Potent Tonic for PatientsNovember 21, 2016 10:03