Dr. Raxlen’s Full CV

566 7th Ave Suite 502
New York, NY 10018
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EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

1968 – 1969 BA – Stanford University, Palo Alto, California
Major: Philosophy and Anthropology
1960 – 1965 Doctor of Medicine – University of Toronto Medical School
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
May 1963 –
Sept. 1963
Emergency Medicine
Quetzaltango, Guatemala
Worked as an extern in a mountain hospital administering emergency care to native Indian populations
1965 – 1966 Rotating Internship – Montreal Jewish General Hospital Montreal, Quebec, Canada
June 1966 –
Oct 1966
Emergency Room Medicine – North York General Hospital
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Responsible for Emergency Room services and house call medicine
1966 – 1967 Tropical and Emergency Medicine
Belem, Bahia and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Worked intensively in the Amazon basin Xingu River estuary serving Indian population in parasitology
1967 – 1968 First Year Psychiatric – Hawaii Integrated Psychiatric Program6 months – Chronic care, state hospital for severely, emotionally disturbed; Kaneohe State Hospital. Primarily schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorders.6 months – Outpatient, emergency and inpatient hospital psychiatry, Queens Hospital, Department of Psychiatry, Honolulu, Hawaii. Special research in child and cross-cultural psychiatry and anthropology with Gregory Bateson.
1968 – 1969 Exchange Program – General Medicine (6 months)
Israel – Kibbutz: Kafar Blum Arad (Negev)
Responsible for general medical services: research on socialization of early childhood in Kibbutz system
1968 – 1969 Drug Abuse Fellow – Illinois Drug Abuse Program (6 months) heroin addiction and amphetamine abuse Jerome Jaffe, MD Director
Responsible for the overall medical duties and psychiatric consultation to the drug abuse program, including an in-hospital, closed unit at the University of Chicago Medical School. Medical Director, Gateway House (Therapeutic Community)
July 1969 – July 1971 Second and Third Year Residency Program
University of Chicago Medical School
Department of Psychiatry
Daniel X. Freedman, Chairman
1971 – 1973 Child and Family Psychiatry Fellowship Program
Institute for Teachers of Child and Family Therapy; University of Pennsylvania; Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic, Salvador Minuchin, MD, Chairman and Charles Malone, MD, Director of Child PsychiatryTaught 6 hour Clinical Seminars in Family Therapy to Staff of the
Following Centers:Luzerne – Wyoming Mental Health Center; Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania Cumberland Perry County Interservice Agency; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Hall-Mercer Clinic; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania West Philadelphia Child Guidance ClinicStaff Psychiatrist – West Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic Evaluation, treatment of children and families. Supervision of mental health personnel and medical students
1973 – 1978 Director of Training and Consultation in Family Psychiatry at the Greater Bridgeport Community Mental Health Center
Bridgeport, CT
Responsible for the teaching, training and supervision of the staff of the G.B.M.F.C. in adult, child and family systems therapy. This included a weekly 6-hour seminar with didactic teaching, video tape presentation and a live demonstration of family cases and oneway
mirror supervision.Clinical consultant and Seminar Leader at Regional Narcotics Center
Bridgeport, CT
1974 – 1984 Psychiatric Consultant at Stratford Counseling Center
Stratford, CT
1975 – 1976 Consultant
Clifford Beers Child Guidance Clinic
Child and Family Psychiatry
New Haven, CTClinical Consultant and Seminar Leader in Family Therapy for Department of Children and Youth Services. State of Connecticut Adolescent Unit at Fairfield Hills Hospital
1975 -1978 Director (half-time position) Children’s Service Center of Greater Bridgeport for State of Connecticut
Completely reorganized failing children’s service treatment center, establishing a “family school” day program (25 children – ages 6- 14: special education services with classroom behavior modification and individual and family therapy); crisis unit with direct liaison with Bridgeport Hospital Department of Pediatrics; community-based services including initiation of Mental Health team directly into school system of “exceptional ghetto children” working cooperatively with teachers and school psychologists. Designed family therapy component of a 3 year $175,000. Federal grant for early intervention strategies of high risk (only large grant awarded to Fairfield County for pre-school children in last 10 years). Established an advisory council composed of concerned citizens both professional and non-professional to assist in the direction of the Children’s Center.
1983 – 2006 Private Psychiatric Practice in Greenwich, CT. The practice was situated in a highly Lyme endemic area of Westchester and Fairfield Counties.
2006 – Present His practice is now situated on the upper west side of Manhattan. Over the past 27 years, the practice has successfully treated over 1500 cases of “chronic, persistent Lyme disease” (specializing in neuropsychiatric and neurocognitive complications). Over 80% of practice time is now devoted to this complex and demanding illness.The diagnosis and treatment of this multi-systemic illness includes: utilizing nuclear radiology (SPECT, MRI); neuropsychology (testing); neuroimmunology (PCR for DNA, Western Blot IGG & IGM); co-infection testing (Babesia and Ehrlichia); sleep lab assessment; auto-immune and endocrine testing. Presently, I am the only psychiatrist in the tri-state area to initiate a total comprehensive treatment program, utilizing oral and IV antibiotic treatment intervention in conjunction with neuropharmacology and stress management for ADD, memory loss, sleep disorder, and prefrontal lobe deficit syndrome. I have integrated these treatments with supportive modalities from my work in psychoneuroimmunology and nutritional medicine.

PAST MEMBERSHIPS

A.P.A. American Psychiatric Association
A.A.M.F.T. American Association of Marriage and Family Therapist Supervising Member
A.F.T.A. American Family Therapy Association Charter Member – 1979 Initial Organization Meeting – Chicago
A.M.H.A. American Holistic Medical Association
A.A.E.M. American Academy of Environmental Medicine
A.A.O.M.P. American Academy of Orthomolecular Psychiatry

MEMBERSHIPS

ILADS International Lyme and Associated Disease Society

HOSPITAL AFFILIATION

1975 – 1979 Staff – Bridgeport Hospital – Bridgeport, CT
Director, Pediatric Psychiatry Consultation: Department of Pediatrics

UNIVERSITY AFFILIATION

1971 -1979 University of Pennsylvania Medical School
Lecturer
Department of Child Psychiatry
1974 – 1975 Fairfield University – Fairfield, CT
Lecturer
1975 – 1977 Yale University – Department of Psychiatry
Assistant Clinical Professor
Supervisor of Psychiatric Residents
1975 – 1979 University of Bridgeport – Bridgeport, CT
Lecturer and Adjunct Professor

PUBLICATIONS

“Learning-Entry into Pattern”

A paper and 45-minute film on Family Investigations in the Azores published in OUR OWN METAPHOR. This is a report in book form edited by Katherine Bateson on the conference in Austria of the Wenner-Gren Foundation – 1968, led by Gregory Bateson. Theme: “Effects of Conscious Purpose on Human Adaptation.” (published)

“Kinesics of Conflict”

Videotape Training Film: a study of four-generation black family showing the kinesics of territorial and hierarchical power relations at Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic.

“Family Diagnostic Treatment Profile”

Special teaching material (20 pages). A specialized diagnostic and treatment profile designed for teaching the fundamentals of family system theory and therapy. (unpublished)

“Bateson, The Ecology of Ideas and Family System Therapy”

(unpublished)

“Lyme Disease: The Great Masquerator”

book in progress

“From Local Lyme to Universal Borreliosis – Complex Clinical Observations in a 15 year Neuropsychiatric Practice”

(unpublished paper with clinical cases)

“Family Co-Infection Syndrome””

(unpublished paper)

PLAYS

“Kick a Blind Man’s Day”

A 3 act play: a drama with a black psychiatrist and a suicidal adolescent as a protagonist, concerning loss, grief and mourning.

“The Gallows Horse and Ballad of Alfie Huff”

A whimsical Western morality play.

“False Dawn”

An adaptation of Elsie Weisel’s “Dawn”, consequences of moral choices.

“Satan’s Gamble”

A 3 act play: a study of altruism during the holocaust.

PRESENTATIONS AND WORKSHOPS

Stowe, Vermont – 1972

Teaching and supervision in Family Therapy (presentation of work on edited video tape with narration, “Kinesics of Conflict”)

Washington, DC – 1973

Panel Discussant: “Multiple Family Therapy” American Association for Psychiatric Services for Children

Springfield, Massachusetts – 1974

Workshop: Family Systems and Therapy

University of South Carolina Department of Psychiatry – June 1977

A 2 day workshop: Family Systems “Diagnosis and Treatment: A Guide to the Perplexed” Presentation to residents and faculty using specially designed diagnostic/treatment protocol

University of Bridgeport School of Nursing – Bridgeport, Connecticut – 1976

Conference Director: 1 day Workshop with Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic “The Paraprofessional in Family Therapy”

Four Winds Hospital – Katonah, New York – 1980 – 1983

Teaching Seminars Family psychiatry and hospital treatment case presentations

Hershey, Pennsylvania – 1982

Paper presented at the Society for Clinical Ecology. Eating Disorders: Bulimia/Anorexia, An Ecological Approach

Appearance on NBC Today Show

On two occasions – 1980 and 1981

  1. Child Safety and Family Dynamics – Accident prone children and dysfunctional families.
  2. Food Allergy and Behavior and Neuropsychiatry.

Appearance on ABC “Good Morning New York” – 1982

“Food and Mood” – Discussion of diet and nutritional considerations relating to Bulimia, Obesity, Anorexia and Heart disease.

Lecturer at Omega Institute One Week Workshop – Rhinebeck, New York – 1982

Holistic Health and Psychiatry: A Critical Examination of Philosophy and Methods

Featured Speaker – October 1984

Pastoral Workshop Conference, Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport. “The Soul and the Mind” Spiritual issues and psychotherapy

Guest Speaker – Seton Hall University – 1989

International Catholic Seminars for Catholic Clergy. Post graduate education: Psychoneuroimmunology: A new integration of the CNS and immune system.

CME WORKSHOP ATTENDANCE

Related To Lyme Disease and
Co-Infection Syndrome

May 5-6 1993 Sixth Annual Lyme Disease Scientific Conference
Jersey Shore Medical Center
Oct 7 1995 Functional Brain Imaging with SPECT
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Atlanta, Georgia
6.5 CME
April 19-20 Chronic Lyme Disease: Basic Science & Clinical Approaches 1996
Boston, Massachusetts
15 CME
April 25-26 11th International Scientific Conference on Lyme Disease and 1998
Tick Borne Disorders
Hartford, Connecticut
15 CME
June 3 1998 11th Annual Symposium: Lyme Disease and Related Infections
Yale University School of Medicine
5 CME

Attended Lyme Disease Foundation Scientific Conference with CME credit
1995, 1996, 1997, 1988, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004

PRESENTATIONS ON LYME DISEASE

1994 Presentation
Videotape of Case presentation – 4 Atypical Lyme Disease Cases of Greenwich Population
Greenwich, Connecticut
1995 Presentation
“Lyme Disease and Integrative Medicine”
New Jersey with Dr. Lesley Fein and Dr. Brian Fallon
1998 Presentation – Featured Speaker
“Chronic Lyme Disease and Neurological Symptoms”
Eastern Connecticut Lyme Support Group
1998 Presentation – Featured Speaker
“Chronic Lyme Disease/Psychiatric Syndrome”
Bethel Connecticut Lyme Support Group
1999 Presentation with videotape – Featured Speaker
“Lyme Disease and Integrative Medicine”
Trumbull Connecticut Lyme Support Group
1999 Founding Member – Secretary of Board of Members
International Lyme Associated Disease Society (ILADS)
Boston, Massachusetts
2000 Presentation – Featured Speaker
“Lyme – The Great Imitator”
Greenwich Lyme Disease Task force
Greenwich, Connecticut
2000 Presentation – Featured Speaker
“General Overview of Lyme Disease Issues in Large City Population”
New York Lyme Disease Task Force
New York City
2001 Presentation – Featured Speaker
“Neuropsychiatric Sequalae of Borrelia”
Wilton Lyme Task Force
Wilton, Connecticut
2001 Presentation with colleagues
“ILADS – Case Conference Presentation – 2 Cases of Severe Depression associated with Borrelia”
Princeton, New Jersey
2002 Presentation – Featured Speaker
“Borrelia and Co-Infections”
Poughkeepsie Lyme Seminar
2003 Presentation
Middletown Lyme Seminar
Presented with Dr. Amiram Katz (neurology) and Dr. Dan Cameron (family practice)
(Videotaped)
2003 Presentation with colleagues
“ILADS – Case Conference Presentation – Family Co- Infection Syndrome – Effects on family system of persistent evolving infections”
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2003 Presentation – Featured Speaker
“From Lyme to Borreliosis – Clinical Observations in a 15 year Neuropsychiatric Practice”
Newtown Fireside Lyme Seminar
(Videotaped)
– Public Television Event – Entered in special competition national award
2003 Presentation – Featured Speaker
“Integrated Approach to Borrelia and Co-infections”
Lyme Disease Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania
(Videotaped)
2004 Presentation – Featured Speaker
“Lyme Disease Informational Seminar”
Brewster Academy, Wolfeboro, NH
2004 Presentation – Featured Speaker
“Systemic & Neuropsychiatric Diagnostic & Treatment Dilemmas in Borrelia & Co-Infections”
National Capital Lyme Disease Association
Sibley Hospital, McLean, Virginia
2005 Presentation – Guest Speaker
“30th Anniversary of Lyme Disease with no Compassion Observed!”
Farmington/Unionville Senior Community Center
Unionville, Connecticut
2005 Presentation – Guest Speaker
Hope to Heal Lyme Conference
Treating Lyme Disease Using Integrative Medicine
Hyatt Regency Reston
Reston, Virginia
2005 Presentation with collegues
ILADS Annual Conference
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania