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John Santopietro, M.D.
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John Santopietro, MD, is chief clinical officer for behavioral health at Carolinas HealthCare System. He is a nationally recognized expert on behavioral health including post-traumatic stress disorder in children. At Carolinas HealthCare System, Dr. Santopietro is working to significantly and positively impact the unmet mental health needs of the local community. Under his leadership Carolinas HealthCare System is expanding services through such projects as the new behavioral health hospital in Davidson – the first new in-patient behavioral health hospital built in the U.S. in years – and the virtual integration project which will bring behavioral health services into the 200 primary care practices within the System.

Prior to joining Carolinas HealthCare System, Dr. Santopietro was the chief medical officer for Connecticut’s Community Health Resources, where he oversaw the restructuring of medical staff and adult outpatient clinics to improve the function of the team approach and increase medical staff productivity. He was also president of the Connecticut Psychiatric Society, (CPS) the state branch of the American Psychiatric Association, and in that role, Dr. Santopietro was instrumental in developing the response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings by sending psychiatrists to Newtown, who then provided services to all those impacted by the tragedy. This June, the Connecticut Psychiatric Society honored Dr. Santopietro with the Service to CPS Award, which commended his role in coordinating the response to Sandy Hook and saluted his continued efforts to promote behavioral health on a national level.

Entries by John Santopietro, M.D.

A Message to Remember on the State of Our Union

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 5:11 PM

Last night, President Barack Obama delivered his State of The Union address on Capitol Hill. In addressing the nation, he asked the question: Are we going to help or hinder the progress of America? As a psychiatrist, his question evokes a strong response in me because I see how precariously...

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The Sandy Hook 911 Tapes Were Released Today, But At What Cost to a Recovering Community?

(11) Comments | Posted December 4, 2013 | 4:28 PM

The Sandy Hook shooting tragedy is shocking to see reported in all its detail. One critical standout from the report, which will likely be recognized in the coverage of the 911 tapes as well, is the intermingling of the details of Adam Lanza's psychological issues with the violence....

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Hundreds Escape Physical Harm in Atlanta Thanks to the Compassionate Words of One

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2013 | 5:10 PM

Last week, approximately 870 children at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy, a school located in DeKalb County, Georgia, lived through what was almost another national tragedy -- a 'shooter' with an automatic weapon, hundreds of rounds, the intent to kill, and the willingness to die. We are...

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