Dr. Christopher Gordon, MD

Medical Director and Senior Vice President of Clinical Services

Dr. Gordon has served as Medical Director of Advocates since 1995, and since 2011 has served as Senior Vice President for Clinical Services, responsible for the quality and integrity of all of Advocates’ clinical programs. He has also taught on the faculty of Harvard Medical School since 1976, where he is Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Part-time, and teaches in the residency program at the Massachusetts General and McLean Hospitals, where he is an Assistant Psychiatrist.  Dr. Gordon is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. In 2010, Dr. Gordon received the DMH Commissioner’s Distinguished Service Award, and in 2012 was named Massachusetts Psychiatrist of the year by NAMI Massachusetts.  Dr. Gordon lectures widely and has published numerous articles and book chapters focusing on collaborative and person-centered care. 

Among other responsibilities, Dr. Gordon has co-led the development of The Advocates Way clinical philosophy, and leads the monthly Advocates Way Integration Team; Dr. Gordon leads the Integrated Clinical Risk Team and oversees Advocates Clinical Risk processes; Dr. Gordon leads the medical team in outpatient services, and oversees medical practice throughout Advocates. In recent years, Dr. Gordon has co-led Advocates’ groundbreaking adaptation of Open Dialogue, a state-of-the-art method of working with people experiencing psychosis; Dr. Gordon and his colleagues have developed the first such adaptation in the United States, and have presented their work and their findings at statewide and national conferences.

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