Susan Rako M.D.

Susan Rako, M.D., has enjoyed the private practice of psychiatry in Newton, Massachusetts for several decades. She both trained and taught at Harvard Medical School's Massachusetts Mental Health Center, a teaching hospital in the Department of Psychiatry whose Educational Director was the legendary Dr. Elvin Semrad.  She is co-editor of Semrad: The Heart of a Therapist.

She attended Wellesley College and earned her M.D. from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York.

With developed interests in music, writing, film,and theatre, Dr. Rako maintained her psychiatric practice while she earned a master's degree in film from Boston University's College of Communication in 1988.  

Stimulated by personal experience, her search to find what she could about loss of vital and sexual energy at menopause led her to the stacks of Harvard's Countway Medical Library. In these medical archives, she found information linking testosterone to women's sexuality, which, in turn, led to her writing her groundbreaking book, The Hormone of Desire: The Truth About Testosterone, Sexuality, and Menopause. Dr. Rako is uniquely expert in evaluating the mood effects of hormone deficiency as distinguished from depression due to other causes. Her book has been in continuous publication (Random House) since 1996 and has been translated into Spanish and Japanese.

 Dr. Rako’s work has been featured in countless publications, including The Boston Globe, The New York Times, Newsweek, USA Today, BBC Radio, and she has appeared on The Today Show, Oprah and Dateline NBC.

Her subsequent books include her acclaimed memoir: That’s How the Light Gets In: Memoir of a Psychiatrist, (Random House), which takes its title from a song (“Anthem”) by Leonard Cohen.  The full line of lyrics is: “There is a crack, a crack in everything.  That’s how the light gets in.” This book has been in continuous publication since 2005. 

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