founded in 1789, is located on the banks of the Potomac in the
nation's capital. After a long and fascinating period of growth,
the college at "George Town on the banks of the Potomac" emerged
as the realization of a long-cherished dream of John Carroll,
later the first Catholic Archbishop of Baltimore.
Georgetown University has a fine reputation for excellence in
higher education. The University includes the College of Arts and
Sciences, the Graduate School, the Schools of Medicine, Law,
Nursing, Foreign Service and Business Administration. Today there
are some 12,000 students at the university, on a 104-acre campus
that includes 60 buildings, a recreational complex and athletic
Georgetown University Medical Center
Medical Center is situated on the campus of Georgetown
University, and includes the Schools of Medicine and Nursing. The
Georgetown University School of Medicine, founded in 1851, is one
of the oldest medical schools in the country. The mission of the
Georgetown University Medical Center is the advancement of health
through research in the clinical and biomedical sciences, the
education of future leaders in medical and nursing practice and
academia, and the provision of compassionate and scientifically
competent patient care and service to the Washington community
and the nation.
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
Georgetown University Hospital, currently a 609-licensed bed
hospital, was established in 1898. MedStar Georgetown is the national capital area's oldest and most
recognized academic teaching hospital. Since its founding in
1898, the hospital has been dedicated to promoting health through
education, research and patient care.
In the past century, the hospital has grown to include a community
physician practice, the Lombardi Cancer Center and scores of
clinical departments and divisions. Through its 100-year
relationship with Georgetown University, the hospital
collaborates in training students from both the School of
Medicine (almost 500 residents and fellows annually) and the
School of Nursing & Health Studies. Additionally, MedStar
Georgetown works closely with the
university's research enterprise to help bring innovative
therapies from the scientific laboratory to the patient bedside.
In July 2000, Georgetown University Hospital became part of the
MedStar Health family. With primary care providers at nine sites
in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia, MedStar Georgetown's clinical services represent one of the
largest, most geographically diverse and fully integrated
healthcare delivery networks in the area.
Department of Psychiatry
The Department of Psychiatry dates to 1887 when the first
Professor of Mental Disease, Dr. Morris J. Stack, was appointed
in the School of Medicine. The formation of a separate Department
of Psychiatry occurred in 1939 and the training of psychiatry
residents began in 1947.
Eminent psychiatrists have served as chairmen of the department
at Georgetown. Among them have been William Alan White, Harry
Stack Sullivan, Daniel Blain, George N. Raines and Richard A.
Steinbach. In July 2001, Richard L. Goldberg, MD, chairman of the
department since 1989 and former residency training director, was
promoted to vice president of Medical Affairs, responsible for
all graduate medical education at MedStar Georgetown University
Dr. Goldberg has been
president of the hospital since 2010
Steven A. Epstein, MD, a member of the department since 1990,
and former director of the Consultation-Liaison
service, was appointed chair in 2001. As a national leader in the field of
psychosomatic medicine, Dr. Epstein is vice president of the
Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine and a member of the Psychosomatic Medicine Committee of the American
Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
The department currently consists of 200 full-time and clinical
faculty members who actively participate in the clinical,
educational, and research components of the department.