Dr. Thomas Simpatico trained at the University of Chicago and now serves as Professor of Psychiatry and Director, Division of Public Psychiatry for the Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at the University of Vermont. He has served in a wide variety of clinical, administrative roles including serving as Chief Medical Officer for the Vermont Medicaid Authority from 2013-2017. He was part of the team that devised and implemented Vermont’s “Hub & Spoke” system as Vermont’s early response to its opioid crisis. Dr. Simpatico and his team at UVM have created a suite of tools and technologies called MHISSION System which connects persons with treatment and service options by creating new paths for information exchange and interoperability among treatment and service providers, outreach agencies, law enforcement, corrections, veterans’ groups, and other entities that typically operate in isolation. He is an active researcher and teacher. He was a panelist for the recent Fred Friendly Seminars production MINDS ON THE EDGE-Facing Mental Illness that aired nationally on PBS. He was the recipient of the 2010 Exemplary Psychiatrist Award of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and the Featherfist Humanitarian Service Award. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and past president of the Vermont Psychiatric Association. He lives just outside Burlington, Vermont with his wife and two children.
- Professor and Division Director, Public Psychiatry
- Burlington, VT