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Michael J. Vergare

Academic Affairs, Thomas Jefferson University
1020 Walnut Street, Room 611
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 955-5431


  • 1963 – 67 B.A. LaSalle College, Philadelphia, PA
  • 1967 – 71 M.D. Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital of PA
  • 1971 – 72 Internship in Internal Medicine, Hahnemann Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
  • 1972 – 75 Resident in Psychiatry, Hahnemann Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
  • 1974 – 75 Chief Resident in Psychiatry, Hahnemann Hospital, Philadelphia, PA

Professional Experience

  • 1975 Present General Practice of Psychiatry
  • 1980 84 Psychiatric Consultant/EAP Liaison, Division of Federal Employee Occupational Health, Philadelphia, Penna.
  • 1980 1998 Geriatric Psychiatry Consultant, Cathedral Village, (life care community)

Recent Publications/Books & Publications

  • Mohammadreza, H., Vergare, M.J., Maxwell, K., Brainard, G., Herrine, S., Isenberg, G, Veloski, J., Gonnella, J. “The Devil is in the Third year: A longitudinal study of erosion of empathy in medical school.” Academic Medicine, September 2009
  • Rogers, J.A., Vergare, M.J., Baron, R.C., Salzer, M.S. “Barriers to recovery and recommendations for change: the Pennsylvania Consensus Conference on psychiatry’s role.” Psychiatric Services 58: 1119-1123, August 2007
  • Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders, Compendium 2006, American Psychiatric Association, Chair work group on Psychiatric Evaluation of Adults, Second Edition, Vergare, MJ, Binder, RL, Cook, IA, Galanter, M, Lu, FG.
  • Ranz, J.M., Vergare, M.J., Wilk, J. E., Ackerman, S. H, Lippincott, R.C., Menninger, W.W, Sharfstein, S. S, Sullivan, A. “The tipping point from private practice to publicly funded settings for early- and mid-career psychiatrists.” Psychiatric Services 57: 1640-1643, November 2006
  • Patkar, A.A., Batra, V., Mannelli P., Evers-Casey S., Vergare, M.J., Leone, F.T. “Medical symptoms associated with tobacco smoking with and without marijuana abuse among crack cocaine-dependent patients”. American Journal on Addictions Jan-Feb; 14 (1): 43-53, 2005
  • Hojat, M., Zuckerman, M., Magee, M., Mangione, S., Nasca, T., Vergare, M., Gonnella, J.S. “Empathy in medical students as related to specialty interest, personality, and perceptions of mother and father”. Personality and Individual Differences 39: 1205-1215, 2005


  • Grant Grissom, Ph.D., Principal Investigator, Michael J. Vergare, M.D., and Elliott Kulakowski, Ph.D. Co-PI, Albert Einstein Healthcare Network, “Assessment and Management of Depression in Cardiac Patients: A Computer-Based System” Development of PsyberCare CV supported by NIMH Grant # 1 R 43 MH6-535-01A2
  • Vergare, M.J., Principal Investigator of Albert Einstein Healthcare Network, ”Drug Abuse Diversion Project”, funded by Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), June, 1996 - June, 1999 (in collaboration with Jerry Platt, PhD, Hahnemann/Allegheny).
  • Vergare, M.J., Principal Investigator: “An Open Label, Multicenter Clinical Trial Evaluating the Safety and Efficacy of Donepezil Hydrochloride (E2020) in Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease”, EISAI America, Inc. Pharmaceutical, 1996 - 1997.

Honors & Awards

  • 1985 Elected Fellow, College of Physicians of Philadelphia
  • 1985 Elected Fellow, American Psychiatric Association
  • 1987 Elected Member, American College of Psychiatrists
  • 1988 Elected Member, American College of Mental Health Administration
  • 1991 Elected Fellow, American College of Mental Health Administration
  • 1994 Elected Member, Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry,
    2002 - Chair, Committee on Mental Health Services
  • 1995 Honorary Fellow, Philadelphia Association for Psychoanalysis
  • 1998 Daniel Blain Award presented by the Philadelphia Psychiatric Society
  • 2000 Edward Lawlor Award presented by the Philadelphia Psychiatric Society
  • Senior Citizen Judicare Project 2001 Medical Services Award
  • 2003 Elected Fellow, American College of Psychiatrists
  • 2004 Albert Einstein Society Physician Leadership Award, Albert Einstein Healthcare Network
  • 2007 Bell of Hope Award, Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania
  • 2009 Presidential Award, Pennsylvania Psychiatric Society
  • 2009 Elected Distinguished Life Fellow, American Psychiatric Association

Professional Membership

  • American Association of Psychiatric Administrators
  • American Association of Chairs of Departments of Psychiatry
  • American Psychiatric Association, Distinguished Life Fellow
  • American College of Mental Health Administration, Fellow
  • American Medical Association
  • American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry
  • American College of Psychiatrists
  • Association for Academic Psychiatry
  • Pennsylvania Medical Society
  • Philadelphia Association for Psychoanalysis, Fellow
  • Philadelphia Psychiatric Society
  • Philadelphia County Medical Society
  • Philadelphia College of Physicians, Fellow
  • Psychiatric Physicians of Pennsylvania/Pennsylvania Psychiatric Society

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