Douglas H. Hughes, MD

Doug Hughes

Department of Psychiatry
Dowling 1N 1108

Name:  Douglas H. Hughes, MD 

Biographical Sketch: 

I was born and raised in Missouri and graduated from the University of  Missouri School of Medicine in Columbia. I initially trained in anesthesiology at Tufts University School of Medicine and then switched into a residency in Psychiatry at Tufts Medical Center in the early 1980’s. I am a Professor of Psychiatry and Assistant Dean of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at Boston University School of Medicine. I am Chair of the Appropriate Treatment in Medicine for the medical school and previously served as Chair of the Clinical Curriculum for Boston University Medical School. I teach several courses at the medical school and have won both local and national awards for teaching. 

I worked for many years in Emergency Psychiatry. From that work I did research and published many articles and book chapters on violence and suicide. I have consulted with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta on setting up national guidelines around suicidal and violent behavior and more recently with the Department of Defense.  

Outlook on Diversity:

 An environment that supports all medical students and that is free from discrimination and harassment is essential for good learning. Understanding issues of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and disability and will enable medical students to become more knowledgeable and empathic physicians. 

Academic Interests:

I have lectured extensively in Asia, Australia, Europe, North and South America on the topics of suicidal and violent behavior. I was the column editor for Emergency Psychiatry in the APA journal of Psychiatric Services. I was a past president of the American Association of General Hospital Psychiatry and was also a past president of the American Association of Emergency Psychiatry. My most recent publications in 2010 include an article on assessing and treating chronic pain and a book chapter on management of suicidal and aggressive patients in the medical setting.   

Extracurricular Interests:

I enjoy exercise. I am an avid runner, swimmer, and bicyclist (use to do triathlons). I also enjoy nature. My spouse is the Director of Research for the VA Health Care system in Boston.