”"I knew I wanted to become a psychiatrist since my first clinical experience in the field, during a yearlong research fellowship in addiction psychiatry at the National Institutes of Health. I saw patients get well--and to a degree that I had not encountered in any other specialty. I witnessed patients go from being homeless, depressed, and reliant on drugs and alcohol to cope; to employed, sober, high functioning members of society within the span of less than a year, and it was exhilarating. However, the exhilaration of witnessing this process has paled in comparison to actually practicing psychiatry. I am constantly referred the hardest, "treatment-resistant" cases from other psychiatrists and mental health professionals, and this is where I thrive. I am asked to lift patients from 'rock bottom' to their best selves, and my only tools are my words and a prescription pad. It is the most rewarding, fascinating and intellectually stimulating pursuit in existence."Seth A. Eappen, MDAdult, Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist
Dr. Eappen is a board-certified adult, child, & adolescent psychiatrist. He is a native of Orland Park, Illinois. He studied history and completed his pre-medical coursework at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was elected into Phi Beta Kappa and graduated in two and a half years with distinction. He completed his medical education at the University of Illinois at Chicago on a partial scholarship, graduated with Outstanding Honors in General Surgery, Pediatrics, & Psychiatry, and was selected as an Arrie and Estelle Bamberger Scholar.
After medical school, Dr. Eappen trained at the University of Michigan for an adult psychiatry residency and concurrently completed a psychodynamic psychotherapy fellowship at the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute. Following his residency, Dr. Eappen trained at the Institute of Psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC for a child psychiatry fellowship, where he served as the chief fellow in his final year of training.
During residency and fellowship, Dr. Eappen published multiple articles in peer-reviewed psychiatric journals, in topics ranging from pharmacology to child & adolescent forensic psychiatry. His co-authors have included Dr. Elissa Benedek (former president of the American Psychiatric Association) and Dr. Gregory Dalack (chairman of the University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry).
During his training, Dr. Eappen recognized the divergence in the quality of psychiatric care from his residency and fellowship programs and the hospitals and clinics he rotated in as a medical student in the Chicagoland area. Based on his intent to narrow this gap in care, he founded the Eappen Clinic.