Psychiatric Views on the Daily News - Episode 44

In Memoriam: Richard P. Gerhardstein, MD

Memorials for Richard P. Gerhardstein, MD, should be sent to RIP Medical Debt, as Gerhardstein felt medical debt was a particularly problematic American injustice.

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Richard P. Gerhardstein, MD, (Dick) was one of our Milwaukee local area’s unsung psychiatrists, but there is much to sing about as we view his life. He died on October 17, 2021 at the age of 89.

He practiced clinical psychiatry for 40 years, with a particular focus on addiction. He also did some administration as the Medical Director of the Milwaukee County Mental Health Center.

In his personal life, he had widespread interests and knowledge. Loving the outdoors, he left his mark on a noteworthy rock wall that he built with his sons on his property, which was also visible to the public. His ecological knowledge was conveyed on walks, where he recognized an invasive species, a special rose, or an interesting tree.

As if all of this was not enough of a contribution to society, the family requested that memorials be sent to RIP Medical Debt. Dick recognized and felt that medical debt was a particularly problematic American injustice and wanted to help that any way he could. Indeed, over 100 million Americans are struggling with medical debt. The RIP charity claims to have helped to abolish billions in debt, but indicates that there is so much more to do.

Dr Moffic is an award-winning psychiatrist who has specialized in the cultural and ethical aspects of psychiatry. A prolific writer and speaker, he received the one-time designation of Hero of Public Psychiatry from the Assembly of the American Psychiatric Association in 2002. He is an advocate for mental health issues relate to climate instability, burnout, Islamophobia, and anti-Semitism for a better world. He serves on the Editorial Board of Psychiatric TimesTM.