About Physician Health Services

Physician Health Services, Inc. (PHS), is a nonprofit corporation that was founded by the Massachusetts Medical Society to address issues of physician health. PHS is a confidential resource for physicians and medical students who may benefit from help addressing stress, burnout, work-life balance issues, and a variety of physical and behavioral health concerns that sometimes arise in today’s hectic health care environment. These include substance use difficulties, cognitive issues, psychiatric problems, the stress of medicolegal situations, and interpersonal challenges at work or at home. PHS provides resources to those who seek our services, and is designed to provide assessments and also monitor those in need for the recovery of substance use disorders, behavioral health concerns, occupational problems, or mental or physical illness. Steven A. Adelman, M.D., a board-certified psychiatrist with subspecialty expertise in addiction psychiatry and addiction medicine became the director of PHS in March 2013. With the help of physician associate directors located throughout Massachusetts, Dr. Adelman assists physicians, medical students, hospitals, colleagues, and family members of physicians who may be at risk. 

Board of Directors

Mary Anna Sullivan, M.D., President, Chair

Booker Bush, M.D.

Jennifer Childs-Roshak, M.D., MBA

Lois Cornell

Alexa B. Kimball, M.D., MPH

Mary Kraft, M.D.

Glenn Pransky, M.D.

Thomas Sequist, M.D.

Stephen Tosi, M.D.

Mary Anna Sullivan, M.D.
President & Chair

Mary Anna Sullivan, M.D.

Dr. Mary Anna Sullivan is the former Chief Medical Officer of Behavioral Services at Lahey Health System, where she oversaw efforts to integrate behavioral health in primary care, and worked to improve access to specialty psychiatric and addiction care across the system. She is currently Board Chair of Physician Health Services, the Massachusetts Medical Society division responsible for physician well-being. She is immediate past president of the Massachusetts Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors and has served as Chair of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine, where she headed a statewide effort to encourage physician involvement in hospitals’ quality improvement efforts.   

A graduate of Dartmouth College and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, she lives in Lowell, MA with her husband, also a physician.

Steven Adelman, M.D.

Steven Adelman, MD Dr. Adelman became Director of PHS in March 2013. Dr. Adelman is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and completed his internship, residency, and chief residency at McLean Hospital. For three years he was a Faculty Fellow in Addiction Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He is a board certified psychiatrist with extensive clinical and administrative experience in addiction psychiatry and addiction medicine.

From 2000-2013, Dr. Adelman was the Director of Behavioral Health and Addiction Medicine at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates (HVMA), where he managed a staff of 130 mental health professionals and created multidisciplinary programs in pain management and opioid dependence treatment. He is also a founding trustee of HVMA.

He is currently a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he was the Director of Outpatient Psychiatry and the primary psychiatrist on the Physicians’ Health Committee. He has authored or co-authored numerous addiction-related publications, and has served as an addiction consultant to the National Institute of Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse, healthcare organizations, law firms, and sports franchises.

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