Eric D. Collins, M.D.
“I facilitate the work of our doctors, nurses, social workers and other clinicians to make sure we provide world class care.”
Eric D. Collins, M.D., likens his facilitator’s role as Silver Hill’s chief medical officer to the athlete on a team who “makes the players around him better.” So his biggest impact on patient outcomes is by “helping the staff to provide the highest quality care.”
Dr. Collins says he builds his team by looking for gifted professionals “with compassion and empathy combined with intelligence and humor; the skill to work with the rest of the treatment team; and the ability to connect with people who are suffering so as to improve their long term capacity to live and function at their best.”
To that end, Dr. Collins focuses on marshalling the vast resources of the hospital – be they intellectual, medical, pharmacologic or empathetic – to throw into the battle each patient is fighting to recover. “It’s about getting something that patients need from wherever it is to wherever they are, in an individualized way,” says Dr. Collins.
Dr. Collins instills in his team what he considers to be the DNA at the core of Silver Hill’s culture: “Safety – because if patients feel safe they can start to do the work that they need to do; Compassion – because you can’t help people who are miserable without finding the compassion for their suffering; and Evidence-Based Excellence – which means adhering to the proven treatments that we know help people to get better.”
Columbia-Presbyterian/New York State Psychiatric Institute
Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons
Research Fellow in Addiction Psychiatry, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center Clinical Fellow in Consultation Liaison Psychiatry, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology: Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry and Psychosomatic Medicine American Board of Addiction Medicine: Addiction Medicine
Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons