Frank Fortunati, MD, JD, assistant professor of psychiatry, has been named medical director for Yale New Haven Psychiatric Hospital and associate chief of psychiatry for Yale New Haven Hospital (YNHH). He served in an interim capacity for more than two years.

Fortunati earned his JD from Rutgers University School of Law—Camden and then his MD from UMDNJ (now Rutgers) New Jersey Medical School. He completed a psychiatry residency and fellowships in child and adolescent psychiatry and forensic psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine.

“We are thrilled to conclude our very competitive national search with the appointment of Dr. Fortunati, someone whom we know, respect, and rely on as a psychiatrist and a leader,” says John H. Krystal, MD, Robert L. McNeil, Jr. Professor of Translational Research, chair and professor of psychiatry, and professor of neuroscience, and chief of psychiatry at YNHH.

Prior to medical school, Fortunati was a medical malpractice defense attorney in Short Hills, N.J. He serves on several state and national committees including the National Association for Behavioral Healthcare, where he is on the board of trustees and the quality committee; the Connecticut Behavioral Health Partnership Oversight Council where he co-chairs the adult quality and access committee.