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Butler Hospital Appoints New Medical Director

Butler Hospital has appointed Lawrence Price, MD, Vice President of Medical Affairs and Medical Director. In his new role, Dr. Price will oversee the responsibilities held by Dr. Steve Rasmussen who served as Butler's Medical Director since 1998 and this week was selected to serve as Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Previously the Clinical Director and Director of Research at Butler, since 1996, Dr. Price is a highly valued member of the hospital's executive management team. A Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Alpert Medical School of Brown University, he has received numerous awards for his teaching, mentoring, and clinical work and has authored over 400 published scientific papers. He was identified by the Institute for Scientific Information as one of the top ten authors of high-impact papers in psychiatry from 1990 to 1999.

Following Dr. Price's appointment, James Sullivan, MD, has been named Deputy Medical Director for Clinical Services at Butler, and Lisa Shea, MD, has been named Deputy Medical Director for Quality and Regulation. Drs. Sullivan and Shea will each assume some of Dr. Price's former responsibilities as Clinical Director.

Dr. Sullivan joined Butler in 2007 as Assistant Unit Chief on the Kent Unit. A Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University, he has been serving as Associate Medical Director for inpatient services since 2009.

President of the Medical Staff Association, Dr. Shea most recently served as Associate Medical Director, Quality & Regulation, and the Assistant Unit Chief of the Partial Hospital. She holds the appointment of Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Alpert School of Medicine.

Butler Hospital is the only private, nonprofit psychiatric and substance abuse hospital serving adults and adolescents in Rhode Island and southeastern New England. Founded in 1844, it was the first hospital in Rhode Island and has earned a reputation as the leading provider of innovative psychiatric treatments in the region. The flagship hospital for the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Butler is recognized worldwide as a pioneer in conducting cutting-edge research.

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