Steven A. Adelman, MD

Steven A. Adelman, MD is the Director of Physician Health Services, Inc. (PHS). PHS, a subsidiary of the Massachusetts Medical Society, is a non-profit that provides assessment, triage and support services to physicians and medical students with challenges such as addiction, mental illness and burnout. Dr. Adelman is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He was a chief resident in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School’s McLean Hospital and a faculty fellow in addiction medicine at the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine, where he is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry. He has extensive clinical and leadership experience in addiction psychiatry and addiction medicine, and served for 13 years as the Director of Behavioral Health & Addiction Medicine at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates. At Harvard Vanguard, he launched a multidisciplinary pain program, and a buprenorphine (Suboxone) program for medication assisted treatment of opioid use disorders. Dr. Adelman frequently speaks and writes about what he describes as the “mounting occupational health crisis in medicine.”


Posts by Steven A. Adelman, MD

The opioid crisis and physician burnout: A tale of two epidemics

Like many of us these days, doctors are feeling the pressure of being asked to do more work in less time. This burnout is a big problem for both doctors and their patients, and it has big consequences — some obvious, some less so. In this post, Dr. Adelman explores the relationship between physician burnout and another big problem facing the country — the opioid epidemic.