Thursday, May 27, 2010

Albert H. Taub, M.D. -- Washington Psychiatric Society Exoneration

The Washington Psychiatric Society
A District Branch of the American Psychiatric Association

September 29, 1999

Mr. Gary Freedman
3801 Connecticut Ave NW #136
Washington, DC  20008-4530

Dear Mr. Freedman:

The Council of the Washington Psychiatric Society, based on the recommendation of its Grievance Committee, has decided to close the complaint that you filed against one of our members, Albert Taub.

The Council concluded that Dr. Taub had no obligation to sign the statement that you requested him to sign.  The Council found no ethical or other practice violation in his professional conduct in this matter.

We want to thank you for your letter bringing this matter to our attention.  It is by consideration of such issues brought before us that we are able to ensure the highest quality of psychiatric care in the community.



Eliot Sorel, M.D.

At the time this letter was written the late Lawrence C. Sack, M.D., one of my former treating psychiatrists, served as Assembly Representative at the Society.


Gary Freedman said...

I wonder if Dr. Sorel is familiar with the rare clinical entity known as asymptomatic paranoid schizophrenia.

It's very difficult to treat. Generally, illnesses that have no symptoms tend to be difficult to treat.

Gary Freedman said...

Eliot Sorel, M.D., D.L.F.A.P.A., is an internationally recognized medical leader, practicing psychiatric physician, educator, and health systems policy advisor.He directs the Global Mental Health course in the School of Public Health and Health Services at the George Washington University where he has professorial appointments in Global Health, Health Services Management and Leadership as well as in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the School of Medicine. He serves as the Senior Advisor to the Ion Ratiu Democracy Lecture at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. In the autumn of 2009, Dr. Sorel will direct and teach a new course he conceived and designed: Health Systems, Foreign Policy and Global Governance.

Dr. Sorel is former President and Chairman of the Board of the Medical Society of the District of Columbia, former President of the World Association for Social Psychiatry and of the Washington Psychiatric Society. In 1990 he founded the Conflict Management and Conflict Resolution Section of the World Psychiatric Association. He is a Fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists and a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He obtained his B.A. from New York University, M.D. from the State University of New York and psychiatric training at Yale University. He has developed and led psychiatric medicine and community mental health services in the Caribbean and North America, has consulted and taught in more than twenty countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas.

In 2004, the President of Romania awarded Dr. Sorel the Star of Romania Order of Commander. In addition to his academic, clinical practice, health policy and professional organizations activities, Dr. Sorel has served as a technical advisor on health systems for the Pan American and World Health Organizations, and as a television and radio commentator on health related matters. He is the author or coauthor of more than sixty scientific papers, book chapters and the editor of six books. His latest book, The Marshall Plan: Lessons Learned for the 21st Century, is now in print at OECD in Paris and accessible online at

In early May 2008, Dr. Sorel organized a coalition of academic centers, governmental, nongovernmental, and professional organizations and convened the Lancet Global Mental Health Series, Americas’ Launch at PAHO/WHO in Washington, D.C., a catalytic and historic event promoting the integration of scientific evidence, advocacy and health policy with the goal of enhancing access to care and ending discrimination against the mentally ill, globally. In June 2008, he participated as PAHO/WHO advisor, in the WHO Europe Health & Finance Ministers’ meeting on Health Systems, Health & Wealth in Tallinn, Estonia, that ratified the Tallinn Charter.

Dr. Sorel lives in Washington, D.C., is married and is the proud father of a son studying law & foreign affairs at Georgetown University and a daughter, a 2009 graduate of Harvard Medical School, where she is doing her internship this year.