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Bradley Hasbro Children’s Research Center Psychiatrist Elected President of American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Fritz_Gregory_2011Gregory Fritz, M.D., director of the Bradley Hasbro Children’s Research Center (BHCRC) has been elected president of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP). Fritz, who has been a fixture in the pediatric mental health field in Rhode Island for nearly 30 years, will begin his term as president elect in October.

The American Academy of Child and Adolescence Psychiatry represents more than 8,500 child and adolescent psychiatrists nationwide who work to actively research, diagnose and treat psychiatric disorders affecting children, adolescents and their families. In his new position, Fritz will work in collaboration with other AACAP leaders, elected officials and regulators to advance the mission of AACAP on behalf of the members and the patients and families they serve.

“Greg has been a tireless advocate for access to mental health services for children and teens,” said Henry Sachs, M.D., chief medical officer at Bradley Hospital. “I can think of no one better to lead this national group in the pursuit of improved access to high quality care for children and adolescents in need and increased emphasis on prevention for all children.”

In addition to his role as director of the BHCRC, Fritz is also academic director of Bradley Hospital, the nation’s first psychiatric hospital devoted exclusively for children and adolescents. He is also director of the division of child and adolescent psychiatry at Rhode Island hospital, and a professor and vice co-chair for child psychiatry in the department of psychiatry and human behavior at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Fritz graduated with honors from Brown University in 1967 and earned his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in 1971. From 1977 to 1985, Fritz was a faculty member in the department of psychiatry and behavioral science at Stanford University School of Medicine, during which he was director of consultation-liaison psychiatry at the Children's Hospital at Stanford.

In 1985, Fritz moved to Rhode Island to build a comprehensive pediatric psychiatry service at what is now Hasbro Children's Hospital. Under his leadership, the program has grown to be one of the premiere academic sites for pediatric psychosomatic medicine.

Fritz will spend two years as president elect and then in October 2015 he will transition into the position of president until 2017. He will then spend another two years on the Executive Committee as past president. Overall, Fritz will spend six years on the AACAP executive committee.