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Michael Ostacher, MD

Michael Ostacher, MD, MPH, MMSc

Psychiatry Palo Alto, CA

Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University

Office Address

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  • VA Palo Alto HCS
    3801 Miranda Ave 151T
    Palo Alto, CA 94304
    Phone: (650) 493-5000
    Fax: (617) 726-6768

Dr. Ostacher's Clinical Specialties & Interests

  • Psychiatry: Addiction, Forensic, Geriatric
  • Clinical Interests: Mood Disorders; Substance-Related Disorders

Dr. Ostacher's Faculty Appointments & Work History

  • Assistant Professor of PsychiatryStanford Medical School
    Stanford, CA
  • Associate DirectorVA Palo Alto Health Care System
    Palo Alto, CA
    Site Director, Adult Psychiatry Residency Program (2010 - Present)
  • Staff PhysicianVA Palo Alto Health Care System
    Palo Alto, CA
  • Fellowship DirectorAdvanced Fellowship Program in Mental Illness Research and Treatment (MIRECC), VA Palo Alto Health Care System
    Palo Alto, CA
  • Assistant ProfessorPsychiatry Harvard Medical School
    Boston, MA
    Instructor (1993-2000); Clinical Instructor (2000-2001); Instructor (2000-2007)
  • Associate Medical DirectorMassachusetts General Hospital
    Boston, MA
    Staff Psychiatrist Massachusetts General Hospital, Bipolar Clinic and Research Program (2001 - 2010)
  • PsychiatristBaycove Methadone Treatment Center
    Boston, MA
  • Medical DirectorBaycove Human Services
    Boston, MA
  • Medical Director, Behavioral HealthDimock Community Health Center
    Roxbury, MA
  • Acting DirectorDepartment of Psychiatry, Cambridge Health Alliance
    Cambridge, MA
    Interim Medical Director (1996-1996), Medical Director (1997-1999)
  • Medical DirectorCambridge Health Alliance
    Cambridge, MA
    Associate Chief of Psychiatry (1997-1999)
  • Associate Psychiatrist-in-Chief Somerville Hospital
    Somerville, MA
  • Associate Chief of PsychiatrySomerville Hospital, Cambridge Health Alliance
    Cambridge, MA
    Medical Director, Geriatric Specialty Unit (1996-1998)
  • Unit Medical Director Tewksbury Hospital
    Tewksbury, MA
  • Medical DirectorFresh Pond Day Treatment Center
    Cambridge, MA
  • Associate Medical DirectorThe Cambridge Hospital
    Cambridge, MA

Dr. Ostacher's Education & Medical Training

  • Harvard Medical SchoolHarvard Medical SchoolOther Training, M.M.Sc
  • Harvard Medical School Cambridge Health AllianceHarvard Medical School Cambridge Health AllianceFellowship, Geriatric Psychiatry
  • Harvard Medical School Cambridge HospitalHarvard Medical School Cambridge HospitalFellowship, Public Psychiatry
  • Harvard School of Public HealthHarvard School of Public HealthOther Training, M.P.H
  • Cambridge Hospital - Cambridge Health AllCambridge Hospital - Cambridge Health AllResidency, Psychiatry
  • Cambridge Hospital - Cambridge Health AllCambridge Hospital - Cambridge Health AllInternship, Transitional Year
  • Vanderbilt Univ Sch of MedVanderbilt University School of MedicineMedical School, MD
  • Wesleyan UniversityWesleyan UniversityOther Training, B.A, Honors in the College of Letters

Dr. Ostacher's Certifications & Licensure

  • CA State Medical LicenseCA State Medical License2009 - 2015
  • American Board of Psychiatry and NeurologyAmerican Board of Psychiatry and NeurologyPsychiatry, 1993
  • American Board of Psychiatry and NeurologyAmerican Board of Psychiatry and NeurologyAddiction Psychiatry, 1997
  • American Board of Psychiatry and NeurologyAmerican Board of Psychiatry and NeurologyGeriatric Psychiatry, 1998
  • American Board of Psychiatry and NeurologyAmerican Board of Psychiatry and NeurologyForensic Psychiatry, 2005

Dr. Ostacher's Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • Harvard Medical SchoolScholars in Clinical Science ProgramHarvard Medical School, 2008
  • Wesleyan University, Middletown, ConnecticutHonors in the College of LettersWesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, 1982

Dr. Ostacher's Clinical Trials

Dr. Ostacher's Publications & Presentations

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Journal Articles

  • Aims and Results of the NIMH Systematic Treatment Enhancement Program for Bipolar Disorder (STEP-BD).Bowden CL, Perlis RH, Thase ME, Ketter TA, Ostacher MM, Calabrese JR, Reilly-Harrington NA, Gonzalez JM, Singh V, Nierenberg AA, Sachs GS, CNS Neurosci Ther
  • Bipolar and substance use disorder comorbidity: Diagnostic and treatment considerations.Ostacher MJ, Focus
  • The impact of alcohol misuse on recovery from affective states in bipolar disorder: a 25 year prospective longitudinal follow up study.Ostacher MJ, Leon AC, Nierenberg AA, Solomon, DA, Li C, Fiedorowicz JG, Coryell W, Endicott J, Keller MB, J Clin Psychiatry
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Books/Book Chapters

  • Review of pharmacotherapy for major depressive disorder.
    Dupuy JM, Ostacher MJ, Huffman J, Perlis RH, Nierenberg AAac.
    Editors: Stein D, Lerer B & Stahl S.Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK
  • Anticonvulsants.Page 661 - 666
    Ostacher MJ, Tilley C
    Editors: . Stern TA, Rosenbaum JF, Fava M, Biederman J, Rauch SL.Mosby/Elsevier, Philadephia, PA
  • Lithium.Page 651 - 660
    Perlis RH, Ostacher MJ. Lithium
    Editors: Stern TA, Rosenbaum JF, Fava M, Biederman J, Rauch SL.Mosby/Elsevier, Philadephia, PA
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Abstracts/Posters

  • The Impact of Caffeine, Nicotine, and Alcohol on Outcome in Bipolar Disorder: A STEP-BD Examination.Ostacher MJ, Hoblyn J, Perlis RH, Society of Biological Psychiatry, Philadelphia, PA
  • STEP-BD: lessons learned, outcomes and directions.Ostacher MJ, Society of Biological Psychiatry's 65th Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA
  • Neuropsychological functioning in patients with bipolar disorder with and without a history of substance use disorders.Ostacher MJ, Nierenberg AA, Perlis RH, Deckersbach T, 48th American College of Neuropsychopharmacology Annual Meeting, Hollywood, FL
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Lectures

  • Rethinking comorbid substance use disorders in bipolar disorder.The 160th American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA
  • How do you know if the medication is working in patients with bipolar disorder?The 162nd American Psychiatric Association Meeting, San Francisco, CA
  • Do a few drinks really matter?: the impact of drugs and alcohol in bipolar disorder.Grand Rounds, Temple University School of Medicine. Philadelphia, PA.
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Committees

  • Bipolar Disorder Task Group, National Network of Depression CentersCo-Chair2012 - Present

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