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Manuel (Manny) Pacheco, M.D.

Manuel (Manny) Pacheco

Candidate for 2024
Area 1 Trustee

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Manuel Pacheco, M.D., is the immediate past Area 1 Representative to the APA Assembly Executive Committee (AEC). He also served as the Area 1 Deputy Representative to the APA AEC after having been the Senior Representative to the APA Assembly of District Branches for the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society.

During his leadership of the Area 1 Council, it became a model for DEI efforts in the APA Assembly including beginning each meeting affirming it is a liberated space, self-reflective statements, and Tribal acknowledgments with regards to the lands where we were meeting. It wasn’t easy or without discomfort at times, but he is quite proud of these Area accomplishments.

Dr. Pacheco is currently Senior Consultant in the Department of Psychiatry of Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Most recently, he was Senior Consultant and Chief of Public Policy and Government Advocacy at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. Over the span of almost 15 years prior to these positions, he was service chief for the consultation liaison and emergency psychiatry services at both of these hospitals.

For almost 25 years, he has advocated and cared for disenfranchised and marginalized patients suffering from serious mental illness and substance use disorders. He gained a 360-degree view of the strengths and weaknesses of the mental health and substance use disorder care delivery system in this country.

He has been an advocate for our patients and profession spanning all levels of government whether in Greater Boston, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, or United States of America. Another aspect of his advocacy is his appointment to the Board of the APA Political Action Committee.

Dr. Pacheco’s patients are his “True North”. Everything clinically or in terms of advocacy is always framed in the context of what he holds as the only vital question at hand “Are we doing what is best for the patient?”

Dr. Pacheco is a Distinguished Fellow of the APA as well as a Fellow of the Academy of Consultation Liaison Psychiatry. He is also a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in both General Adult and Consultation Psychiatry.

Lastly, he holds academic appointments as Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Tufts University School of Medicine and Adjunct Lecturer at Boston University School of Medicine. His most prized achievements are the teaching awards granted by medical students and resident physicians he was fortunate enough to take part in training.

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  • Artium Baccalaureus, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA 
  • Medicinae Docotoris, MCP-Hahnemann School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA 
  • Internship, Residency, and Chief Residency in Psychiatry Boston Medical Center, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA
  • Consultation Psychiatry Fellowship Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Awards and Honors

  • Advanced Physician Executive Leadership Program Tufts Medicine (2022)
    • Crucial Learning Leadership Learning Institute, Provo, UT
  • New England Quality Care Alliance Leadership Academy (2021)
    • Boston University School of Business, Boston, MA
  • Advanced Mindful Physician Leaders Program Fellow (2016)
    • University of Massachusetts Medical School Center for Mindfulness, Worcester, MA
  • 22 Excellence in Teaching Awards (2010-2023)
    • Tufts Medical Center Dept. of Psychiatry, Boston, MA 10 times 
    • Tufts University of Medicine, Boston, MA 11 times 
    • Tufts University School of Medicine Class of 2017 asked to deliver their Final Lecture for "demonstration of a sincere concern for students, an ability to share knowledge effectively, and a manner that inspires by example."
  • James E. Cotter '55 Courage Award (2013)
    • Boston College High School, Dorchester, MA (2013)
    • Awarded to alumni who responded in aiding Boston Marathon Bombing Victims 
  • Distinguished Fellow American Psychiatric Association (2013)
  • Fellow of the Academy of Consultation Liaison Psychiatry (2010)
  • Nathaniel Bowditch Award Nominee (2006)
    • Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston MA

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