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

Dr. M David Kurland, HarvardThough much of his career was spent in success as the medical director for various medical establishments and institutions, Dr. M David Kurland made a life changing decision June of 2013. To stay true to his heart, his goal, and his specialty, Dr. M David Kurland made a career move based on major changes in the position of a Medical Director. Dr. M David Kurland made the decision to move from the position of Medical Director, back to a position in which he could treat patients. To find out more about the evolving role of Medical Director, read below.

Over the course of his career, Dr. M David Kurland has excelled as the medical director of a hospital, the director of an emergency program, and the director of three medical agencies. Before today, the responsibilities of a medical director made the director position a highly psychiatric position. Having the position of Medical Director meant launching, implementing psychiatric programs. It meant tending to the psychiatric functioning of clinical staff  of psychiatrists, psychologists, social worker therapists, case-managers. It meant representing psychiatric concerns, and proposals in important meetings and conferences. In the current year of 2014, in response to the economy, in response to rapidly increasing influences of managed care, and in response to changes within the state’s Departments of Mental Health, Child and Family, and Developmental Disabilities, the medical director position has become more and more an administrative role. The position of Medical Director now has much less to do with psychiatric matters. Dr. Kurland’s interests and abilities are not administrative and he made the decision in June to return to private practice.

Harvard Medical School:

Medical Directing

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.

Positions Held

  • 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)