Scott Gershan, MD
Scott Gershan, MD, is the program director for Northwestern’s ACGME accredited fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry. He completed his psychiatry residency at Georgetown University Hospital, including chief resident in his final year of training. He completed his fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry at New York University. He also serves institutional wellness roles as Northwestern Medicine’s Physician Health Liaison and Lurie Children’s Hospital’s Mental Health Liaison with a focus on professional wellness, recovery and fitness.
He trained at the psychiatric correctional unit in Manhattan’s Bellevue Hospital and at Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center, one of New York’s maximum-security forensic hospitals. There, he provided treatment for insanity acquittees and performed dangerousness assessments to determine the risk of transfer to a less restrictive settings. He is active in both inpatient and outpatient clinical settings, and has extensive experience performing forensic evaluations in both civil and criminal cases including competency to stand trial, independent psychiatric evaluations, involuntary hospitalization, involuntary treatment, fitness for duty, worker’s compensation, malpractice, criminal responsibility and criminal mitigation.
He is board certified in general psychiatry and forensic psychiatry and actively involved in numerous professional organizations and national committees in areas of interest in psychiatry and the law. He has presented numerous times at the national conference of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. His interests include professional wellness/the impaired professional and fitness for duty, malpractice, criminal responsibility, violence risk/threat assessment and psychosocial determinants to criminality. His passion is training psychiatrists into highly skilled, talented forensic psychiatrists and future leaders in the field.