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Eliot M. Gelwan, MD

McLean Hospital Title
Harvard Medical School Title
  • Instructor in Psychiatry


Eliot M. Gelwan, MD, came to McLean in 2020 after broad-ranging, public- and private-sector roles in inpatient psychiatry, systems administration, and community care throughout eastern Massachusetts. He prefers to utilize psychodynamic, cognitive, and medication-based treatment approaches in combination, and this is embodied in his approach to supervision and teaching.

Dr. Gelwan’s clinical interests include neuropsychiatry, social and cross-cultural issues, the experience of the self, emergency psychiatry and crisis stabilization, risk assessment, dual diagnosis, the treatment of violence, and diagnostic challenges. He also pursues public education and advocacy for psychiatric services delivery and against stigmatization of mental illness.

Education & Training

  • 1975 AB in Social Anthropology, Harvard University
  • 1978 EdM in Counseling Psychology, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • 1983 MD, Yale Medical School
  • 1983-1987 Adult Psychiatry Residency, Cambridge Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Board Certifications:
  • 1984 Medical License, Board of Registration in Medicine, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • 1990 Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology


Phone: 617.855.3872
Office Address: Belmont campus - Admissions Building, Room 335