Dr. M David Kurland has had years of experience from which to form his opinions and experience, and to tailor his own individual recommendations for a family or individual. Beginning his residency in 1961, Dr. M David Kurland moved straight from the doors of Harvard Medical School into practice.
Dr. M David Kurland: Medical Director
Medical directing until very recently was exciting and dramatic. Blue Hills Hospital was Connecticut’s flagship substance disorder institution. The first great program for alcohol studies began at Rutgers (N.J.) and moved to Connecticut. Dr. M David Kurland took the position at Blue Hills as an alcoholic hospital only to have it immediately convert to alcohol and drugs. 5 recovering heroin addicts were brought up from the federal drug institution (Lexington) to form the peer counseling tier of a two-tier system. Psychiatry was the other tier. This was a terrific learning experience for him. The results were good until recovering addicts, one by one, relapsed into drug use. Dr. Kurland remains secure in his skills with substance disorder, particularly as it occurs in teenagers.
Connecticut’s emergency child psychiatric program was new when he became director in 1970. He continued to do emergency work with children at St.Vincent’s, which occurred at a time of relative affluence. There were 11 different programs at different times in the 12 years Dr. Kurland was there. He started and implemented 6 of these, with good results.
Dr. M David Kurland also worked as a psychiatric consultant to Loomis-Chaffee School for 20 years, in conjunction with the chief of counseling. He left the school to come up to the Harvard School of Public Health in 1992.
Change of Pace
Community Counseling (CCBC) was in poor shape when Dr. Kurland started as medical director in 2010. Most of the psychiatric staff had resigned in discontent, as their relationship with the state Department of Mental Health was problematic. The work then was venturesome and the demands were psychiatric in nature. As matters improved, the work became administrative in nature.
In June 2013, Dr. Kurland moved his private practice to Cambridge and continues to work with 4 mobile crisis programs for children and adolescents, under the auspices of the Department of Mental Health.
- Principal Psychiatrist, Mobile Crisis Programs (DMH), Southeast MA (5/10 – Present)
- Medical Director, Community Counseling of Bristol County (5/10 – 5/12)
- Medical Director, St. Vincent’s Home (6/98 – 5/10)
- Medical Director, Family Services of Greater Fall River (12/93 – 5/10)
- Quality Consultant, Mental Health Clinics of Massachusetts (’95)
- Psychiatric Consultant, Loomis-Chaffee School (’73 – ’93)
- Supervision of Psychiatric Residency Training, U.Conn Medical School (’75 – ’85)
- Director, Emergency Child Psychiatry Service, State of CT (’70 – ’73)
- Psychiatric Director, Blue Hills Hospital, Alcohol and Drug Dependence Division (’68 – ’70)