WJCS Welcomes New Medical Director

Published Thursday, March 14, 2019

WJCS-Westchester Jewish Community Services, one of the largest human service organizations in Westchester, announced today the appointment of John C. Douglas, M.D., M.B.A. as Medical Director. Dr. Douglas will officially assume his new position on April 1st.

Dr. Douglas was previously Service Chief of the Outpatient Addiction Program at Silver Hill Hospital in Connecticut. There he launched and managed an outpatient program to treat individuals struggling with addiction and comorbid mental health problems, provided community education on addiction and mental health, and managed numerous organizational initiatives to optimize hospital processes and staff collaboration. Dr. Douglas has presented at numerous psychiatric and addiction disorder conferences nationwide.

Dr. Douglas is triple board certified in Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry, and Addiction Medicine. He earned his M.D. degree at Georgetown University School of Medicine, M.S. degree in Physiology and Biophysics at Georgetown University Graduate School, and M.B.A. at the University of California, San Diego, Rady School of Management. He has been an Advisory Board member of Emory Cares 4 U and, in that role, helped create a suicide prevention plan for Emory University students. In addition, Dr. Douglas previously worked as a life science and medical business consultant helping companies develop strategies to provide telepsychiatry services and evaluate new medical technologies.

“Dr. Douglas brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to WJCS, including expertise in medication management, co-occurring disorders, suicide prevention, telepsychiatry, organizational leadership, and teaching, said WJCS CEO Seth Diamond. “We look forward to working with Dr. Douglas and continuing to deliver exceptional, state-of-the-art mental health care to WJCS clients.”

“It is my great privilege to join WJCS, the largest provider of outpatient mental health services in Westchester County,” said Dr. Douglas. “WJCS has been at the forefront of the treatment of trauma, co-occurring disorders, telepsychiatry, and all other mental health treatments it offers to individuals of all ages and backgrounds across Westchester County. I look forward to working with WJCS staff, the WJCS Board, and WJCS volunteers to implement and further the mission of this wonderful organization.”

Dr. Douglas will succeed Dr. Margarita Munoz, who has worked at WJCS for 20 years.

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