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Dear Alex, I can’t believe as I write this that it is down to my father’s last 48 hours or so at Whittier. It is a bittersweet moment writing this to you, bitter because my father, family, and I will miss you and your extreme empathy, kindness and helpfulness towards my father. Sweet because we get our father back home. Since the first week you have been a huge part of my Dad‘s recovery. It means the world to me and my family that you would take such great care of our father. You are an amazing person and deserve great things in life for how you care and help better people’s lives for the better. Ryan C.


Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital Westborough

The Whittier Pavilion

The Whittier Pavilion is excited to announce Kambiz Pahlavan MD, DLFAPA, DLFAACAP as their new Medical Director.

Dr. Pahlavan is a graduate of the National University of Iran. In 1974 he came to the U.S. and completed his general psychiatry training at Tufts-NEMC and his child psychiatry fellowship at McLean Hospital-Harvard Medical School. He is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, both in psychiatry and child psychiatry. After completion of his training he worked at the Boston Children’s Hospital and McLean Hospital until 1992 when he moved to Wisconsin. At McLean Hospital he was an Associate Psychiatrist and the Director of Inpatient Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Hall-Mercer Children’s Center.     

In Wisconsin, Dr. Pahlavan was the Medical Director of the Charter Hospital and in 1999 he moved to Rogers Memorial Hospital as the Medical Director of the Milwaukee Division and Director of the Rogers Center for Research and Training. He has been an Associate Clinical Professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin and four other medical schools. Dr. Pahlavan has trained medical students and residents in adult psychiatry and fellows in child psychiatry. He was also involved in the clinical training of nurse practitioners from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and physician’s assistants from Marquette University. He has been involved in close to a hundred protocols in clinical research and trials of medications. Dr. Pahlavan was an examiner in the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, both for general psychiatry and child/adolescent psychiatry. He was also the Department Chair of Psychiatry at the International American University-College of Medicine. 

In July of 2015 he returned back to Massachusetts as the Medical Director of Pembroke Hospital. On September 1st, 2017 Dr. Pahlavan joined the Whittier team and is “Very enthusiastic to join such an excellent group of psychiatrists, physicians, psychologists, occupational therapists, nurse practitioners, social workers, and nurses lead by a devoted and caring administration.”  Dr. Pahlavan will continue to pursue and help to ensure a patient focused, strength based, trauma informed milieu complimented by outstanding psychopharmacological, therapeutic, and medical interventions.

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