David J. Hellerstein, M.D., is a Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City, and a research psychiatrist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute.
He is author of the recent book Heal Your Brain: How the New Neuropsychiatry Can Help You Go from Better to Well, from Johns Hopkins University Press. He is widely known for his research on the treatment of chronic depression, including medication and psychotherapy studies.
Dr. Hellerstein has also received national recognition for his literary writing, and has been awarded the Pushcart Prize and several MacDowell Colony Fellowships. His other books include Battles of Life and Death (essays about medical training), Loving Touches (a novel), and A Family of Doctors (a memoir of five generations of doctors in one family), and his journalism has been published in magazines including Harper's and The New York Times Magazine.