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The Whittier Pavilion

The Whittier Pavilion

The Whittier Pavilion welcomes new Medical Director, Dr. Vikram Kambampati, Neuropsychologist Buck H. Woo, and Psychiatrist Michael Shairs, Outpatient Medical Director.


We are pleased to announce that Dr. Vikram Kambampati is our new Medical Director at The Whittier Pavilion.  Jameson Pinette, Administrator at The Whittier Pavilion, said, “I am very pleased to welcome Dr. Kambampati to the Whittier Pavilion as our Medical Director.  His extensive experience in all aspects of psychiatric care will provide the necessary input for the direction of the hospital.  He has the knowledge, dedication and vision that will ensure a higher standard not only for the Pavilion, but for the industry.  We are quite fortunate to have him join our leadership team.”

Wanting to care for underserved populations, Dr. Vikram Kambampati signed up for the National Health Service Corps soon after entering medical school.  During residency, he was awarded the American Psychiatric Association/Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (APA/SAMHSA) Minority Fellowship, which funded the expansion of psychiatric services at the Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland.  Dr. Kambampati  then moved to Massachusetts to serve as a Staff Psychiatrist at the Federal Medical Center (Federal Bureau of Prisons), in Devens, MA. In 2013, he was awarded the Mongan Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Minority Health Policy at the Harvard Medical School, and completed a Masters in Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health.  Dr. Kambampati completed his medical degree at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 2005. He completed his residency in adult psychiatry at University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland, OH. Dr. Kambampati is privileged to wear the rank of Major and serve in the US Army Reserve. He resides in Boston with his wife and three sons.

In addition to Dr. Kambampati, we are pleased to welcome Neuropsychologist Buck H. Woo, Ph.D. and Psychiatrist Michael Shairs, DO to The Whittier Pavilion Outpatient Clinic.

Dr. Buck Woo is a practicing neuropsychologist and director of The Center for Neuropsychology at The Whittier Pavilion Outpatient Clinic.  Dr. Woo earned his doctorate from Alliant International University in Los Angeles specializing in neuropsychology, and completed internships at UCLA and the Los Angeles Veteran's Administration Hospital. He completed an NIH Fellowship in Clinical Aging and Neuropsychology at the University of Southern California, with a research directive in Alzheimer's disease.  Following his Fellowship, Dr. Woo was appointed Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Dartmouth Medical School. Later, he served as Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. His clinical responsibilities where to the trauma service, neurosurgery service, and rehabilitation medicine. During this period Dr. Woo served as the Director of the Traumatic Brain Injury Program at Boston Specialty and Rehabilitation Hospital. Dr. Woo is the former Director of Neuropsychology, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Stroke Rehabilitation Programs at Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital. Dr. Woo is also the former Clinical Director of Psychiatry Services at Holy Family Hospital at Merrimack Valley.  Dr. Woo's publications include “MRI and the Severity of Dementia,” published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, and the book “Rehabilitation of Persons with Traumatic Brain Injuries,” published by Blackwell Press. He has provided lectures across the United States, Europe, and Asia in areas of neuropsychology and rehabilitation.

Outpatient Medical Director, Dr. Michael Shairs' background includes a culmination of work and educational experiences based in psychology, social services, and psychiatry. He has worked in residential substance abuse programs, foster care programs for abused children, clinical trials in neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital, and inpatient mental health at McLean Hospital.  He attended Boston University obtaining a Masters Degree in psychology with a focus on neuropsychology. He then received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from the University of New England, he trained and completed his residency in adult psychiatry at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Boston, and he is board certified in psychiatry. He is also a member of the American Psychiatric Association, American Medical Association, and the Massachusetts Medical Society. His philosophy on patient care is based upon an integrative approach of psychopharmacology combined with psychotherapy and supportive services in meeting the complex needs of individuals with severe persistent mental illness and dual diagnoses.

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