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Dr. Regina Reed Joins Eagleville’s Acute Psychiatric Unit

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Psychiatrist Regina Reed, MD, PhD, joined the Eagleville Hospital medical staff in January. She’s overseeing the Acute Psychiatric Unit on the first floor of the D’Arclay Building.

After spending much of her career with the University of Pennsylvania Health System, Dr. Reed says she was looking to make a change. She was attracted to Eagleville’s potential. “With the construction that’s planned and the opportunities for leadership positions, I saw a chance to have an effect on this institution in a positive manner and help advance patient care,” Dr. Reed says. “I’m also excited about learning the protocols of a new institution. There are plenty of ways that things can be done, and I’m looking forward to learning how they’re done here.”

Prior to her appointment at Eagleville, Dr. Reed was the Medical Director of Addiction Treatment Services at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, in University City, a position she’d held for the last eight-and-a-half years. Her primary responsibility was overseeing the hospital’s 18-bed inpatient drug and alcohol detoxification/rehabilitation unit. She also helped develop policies and procedures for the hospital’s outpatient substance use disorders clinic.

“Unofficially, I was the person that most of the hospital called if they had a detox question,” Dr. Reed says. “I was routinely contacted by the psychiatric consult service for informal collaborations on certain difficult cases.”

The inpatient unit didn’t have an admissions department, she says, so Dr. Reed regularly collaborated with the unit’s treatment team to review potential admissions. She also performed daily clinical rounds, supervised the detoxification of the unit’s patients, and managed their medical and psychiatric concerns.

“Even though I encountered a lot of comorbid psychiatric conditions there, I felt like I did more management of medical conditions than psychiatric conditions,” Dr. Reed says. “So, I’m looking forward to getting back to primarily managing psychiatric conditions here, to being back on an acute psychiatric unit.”

Her interest in behavioral health began in a lab. (At Penn, she also collaborated on some of the ongoing studies in the Perelman School of Medicine’s Center for Studies of Addiction.) While she was in medical school at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Dr. Reed became involved in studies exploring certain effects of cocaine. As a result of that experience, she says she knew she wanted to specialize in addiction psychiatry from an early point in her training.

Following her psychiatric residency at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Reed was awarded two, one-year fellowships, one in addiction psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania and another in mental illness research and treatment at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center. She did them simultaneously over the course of two years.

Dr. Reed is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the American Board of Addiction Psychiatry. She is a member of the American Medical Association and American Psychiatric Association.