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Gateway hires new medical director
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Dr. Francine Friedman
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Gateway Behavioral Health Services has appointed Francine I. Friedman, MD, as medical director.
Gateway is the largest community mental health agency in Coastal Georgia. A staff of more than 550 provide mental health, substance abuse/addiction and developmental disability care to nearly 10,000 persons each year.
Friedman is not new to the role of medical director. She had fulfilled responsibilities under that title at two community mental health agencies (Jensen Counseling Centers and Alternative for Healthy Living) and at Ardmore Hospital in Michigan, where she resided for 15 years before coming to Georgia.
After completing undergraduate work at Hunter College and Columbia University in New York, she earned her medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School in Galveston followed by internship and residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, the University of Tennessee in Memphis and Wayne State University in Detroit Michigan.
Friedman is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Adult and Addiction Psychiatry, as well as by the American Board of Adolescent Psychiatry. She has also served as medical director, and principal or co-principal investigator on a number of clinical trials on psychotropic drugs at the Institute for Health Studies in Michigan.
Friedman and her husband live in Chatham County.
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