|Dr. Sabo Elected Leader of Statewide Organization|
|June 8, 2011
For Immediate Release
Dr. Sabo Named Leader of Massachusetts Psychiatric Society
PITTSFIELD, MA – The Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at Berkshire Medical Center has been elected to a leadership position with the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society (MPS). Alex N. Sabo, MD, has been elected President-Elect of the Society, which represents the majority of psychiatrists in Massachusetts. He will serve as President-Elect for 2011, President for 2012, and Immediate Past President in 2013.
Dr. Sabo has practiced psychiatry in Massachusetts for his entire career. For the past 17 years he has worked in Berkshire County with a team of comprehensive behavioral health providers to serve the mental health needs of residents of the Berkshires and surrounding region. In 2010, the MPS named Dr. Sabo its Outstanding Psychiatrist of the Year for Clinical Psychiatry.
MPS members are physicians who are committed to providing outstanding medical/psychiatric care through accurate diagnosis and comprehensive treatment of mental health and emotional illnesses. The MPS seeks to achieve this goal by promoting public and professional education, legislation that addresses the needs and rights of the mentally and emotionally ill, and by advocating for the allocation of public and private resources for treatment, research, and education.
Dr. Sabo will continue to serve BMC and the people of Berkshire County while assisting the MPS with its mission of education and advocacy on behalf of the mentally ill.
Dr. Sabo joined BMC in 1994, and has led the hospital’s behavioral health program since that time. He completed his undergraduate studies at Harvard College, taught middle school English and ancient history and coached football, basketball and baseball teams for three years before starting his medical studies at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He completed his psychiatric residency at Cambridge Hospital and a Fellowship at the Austen Riggs Center. He also served at McLean Hospital as Clinical Director of the Psychosocial and Adult Specialty Programs and later Director of the Clinical Evaluation Center. At both the Cambridge Hospital, as Chief Resident in Psychiatry, and at McLean Hospital, as a clinical director, he took an active role in teaching medical students and residents in psychiatry. In Berkshire County from 1994 to the present he has played a key leadership role in the integration of mental health and substance abuse services and the outreach of those services to primary care medicine. From 2007-2008 he was instrumental in starting a psychiatry residency training program at BMC.
“Everything is accomplished because of our team—a team of exceptionally strong psychiatrists, advanced practice nurses, allied health professionals, administrators, our patients and their families,” said Dr. Sabo. “For these colleagues and ‘co-investigators,’ I am grateful each day.”