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Tribute to a Retiring Physician: Marshal Mandelkern, MD, PhD

January 13, 2022

Marshal Mandelkern, MD, PhD, associate clinical professor of psychiatry, will retire January 16, 2022. He was chair of psychiatry at the former Hospital of Saint Raphael and most recently associate medical director at large at Yale New Haven Psychiatric Hospital.

The following tribute to Mandelkern was written by Frank Fortunati, MD, JD, assistant professor of psychiatry and medical director at Yale New Haven Psychiatric Hospital.

It is with mixed emotions that I announce that Marshal Mandelkern, MD, PhD, will be retiring on January 16, 2022. As chair of psychiatry at the (former) Hospital of Saint Raphael, he played an integral role in blending the psychiatric services of the Hospital of Saint Raphael and Yale New Haven Hospital. It was a sort of coming home if you will as Marshal received both his medical degree and PhD at Yale and trained at what was then the Yale Psychiatric Institute. He is also a graduate of Western New England Psychoanalytic Institute.

Marshal became the chairman of psychiatry at the Hospital of St. Raphael’s in 2009. In his role at HSR, he expanded the ambulatory services, opening outpatient services in both Hamden and Branford. He was instrumental in recruiting many providers, and strengthening the psychiatric services at the Hospital of Saint Raphael at a time when many other services at HSR were struggling.

In 2011 Marshal became the director of the Long Term Care Clinic (LTCC) at Yale University. He has been an exceptional teacher and mentor to many residents over the years, not only in the LTCC, but throughout the Psychiatric and Behavioral Health service line.

After YNHH acquired HSR in 2012, Marshal became the ambulatory section chief and the SRC site director. He was instrumental in leading the integration of the two large adult Intensive Outpatient Programs into one even larger program, located on George Street. While leading the integration, he also led the development of the treatment resistant mood disorder track in the adult IOP.

Over the past few years, Marshal has been of tremendous assistance to our service line as a sort of Medical Director at Large, providing coverage on all of our inpatient units and nearly all of outpatient programs, while also providing mentoring to not only me, but also to many of our faculty. His flexibility and commitment to providing excellent care to our patients is remarkable.

Yale Haven Psychiatric Hospital is a better place thanks to the dedication, compassion, and leadership that Marshal has provided over the years. He will be missed. I want to thank Marshal for his many years of service, his mentorship, and his dedication to our patients.

Please join me in wishing Marshal all the best as he spends more time in the garden, traveling with his wife Wendy, and enjoying time with his family.

Submitted by Christopher Gardner on January 13, 2022