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Dr. Robert Pyles

By arbies

August 11, 2018

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“...organizations like ours, VFR, do understand more and can help. I’m proud to be a part.”

Dr. Robert Pyles is an established leader in the addiction and mental health fields, with over 55 years of experience. Dr. Pyles has served as President of the American Psychoanalytic Association, the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society, and the Coalition for Patient Rights, among other organizations. He has shown a relentless commitment to setting the highest standards of care and was appointed an Area and Component Liaison by the American Psychiatric Association, producing ten Practice Guidelines, including the “Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients With Substance Use Disorders.” <br><br> Additionally, Dr. Pyles, a recognized pioneer and leader in the field of psychiatry, has received many awards and recognitions, including a Special Presidential Commendation from the American Psychiatric Association in and the honor of “Distinguished Life Fellow” of the American Psychiatric Association. A United States Navy veteran himself, Dr. Pyles’ has pioneered work with the Veteran population, combined with recognized expertise on trauma, PTSD and other comorbid conditions.<br><br>Dr. Pyles also currently serves as a Clinical Instructor at Harvard Medical School – a position he has held for over 45 years.

“In Vietnam, I was a “Berry Planner,” in which every physician was obligated to serve two years in the military. My two years fell between 1967 and 1969, the height of the Vietnam War. Stationed at Chelsea Naval Hospital, receiving direct Marine and Naval casualties from Vietnam, I ran both a locked and an open neuropsychiatric ward, evaluating and treating combat casualties. I’ll never forget the look in the faces of the young guys coming in daily. I swore to make it better for them. It’s decades later and now organizations like ours, VFR, do understand much more and can help. I’m proud to be a part.”

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