Physician Health Services

Mission: Physician Health Services, Inc. is dedicated to improving the health, well-being, and effectiveness of physicians and medical students while promoting patient safety. This is achieved by supporting physicians through education and prevention, as well as assessment, referral to treatment, and monitoring.

Edward J. Khantzian (1935 – 2021)
He would remind his patients that “… success in life requires paying attention to the basics, starting with showing up and hanging in there.” No one showed up or hung in more fully than Dr. Edward Khantzian, beloved physician, compassionate colleague, dedicated mentor, and treasured friend. PHS mourns the loss of Dr. Ed Khantzian, who passed away this week following a lifetime of caring for those who needed care the most. Finding humanity in all levels of suffering, Dr. Khantzian spent his career working to understand addiction so that he could relieve the suffering caused by this disease, as well as that caused by a myriad of other mental illnesses. At Physician Health Services, he served the medical community for over two decades, as an esteemed member of the PHS Clinical Advisory Committee, and also as President and Chair of the PHS Board of Directors. In doing so, he served as a mentor to countless physicians striving to follow his lead in the art of “caring for the caregivers.”

Among his other great achievements, Dr. Khantzian was a founding member and past president of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry. And, in 2016, the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society awarded him with their Lifetime Achievement Award.

Through his academic pursuits and writings, Dr. Khantzian transformed the framework for understanding addictive behavior, by recognizing that it was not merely a “pleasure seeking” activity, but an aim to seek relief from suffering. In doing so, he created a pathway for treatment providers to deliver care that was simultaneously empathetic and effective. His teachings and his kindness will remain with PHS and the entire medical community for many years to come, and he will be greatly missed.

PHS is open, though virtually. PHS is always available for consultations – on the fly, or in depth, assistance with burnout and self-care techniques, and referrals. Call: 781-434-7404.

PHS is providing a new service to the Massachusetts Medical Community in the month of April 2020:
The Physician Health Services, Inc. (PHS) core mission of promoting the health, well-being, and effectiveness of physicians and medical students in Massachusetts has never been more relevant. We continue to be in touch with hundreds of physicians on the front lines of providing medical care and provide them with support, resources, and a listening ear. Services are provided virtually now, including support groups for current clients.

In the interest of the well-being of the broader medical community, and recognition that we are all in this together, PHS will be offering a twice weekly free and confidential ‘Virtual Self-Care Group’ to physicians in MA, facilitated by licensed PHS professionals. Groups will meet on Tuesday and Thursdays through April, from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm. If interested, please email: and let us know how to reach you.

Reminder about the PHS Podcast series on Burnout:
MedPEP, the Medical Professionals Empowerment Program
, is a podcast series created and sponsored by PHS. The crisis of the Covid-19 pandemic is stressing our already stressed healthcare system. Physician burnout rates which were hovering at 50% are climbing and physicians’ physical and emotional well-being are at risk. Each MedPEP podcast delves into ways physicians can practice self-care, even in a time of crisis. MedPEP also provides free, risk-management CMEs.

Physician Health Services (PHS) is a non-profit corporation founded by the MMS that provides confidential consultation and support to physicians, residents, and medical students facing concerns related to:

  • Alcoholism
  • Substance abuse
  • Behavioral or mental health issues
  • Physical illness

PHS also provides a safe environment where physicians can talk to other physicians about the stress and demands of modern medical practices. Issues often relate to:

  • Stress of managing a practice
  • Coping with a competitive work environment
  • Financial pressures
  • Dealing with administrative burdens 
  • Work-family balance

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