Patricia Santucci, MD, FAED, FAPA, Medical Director
Patricia Santucci received her medical degree from Loyola Stritch School of Medicine. She is a board certified psychiatrist and practiced in the western suburbs of Chicago focusing on women’s issues, adolescents and eating disorders. In addition to her private practice, she served as an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatric at Stritch School of Medicine. She was recognized as a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, founding member and Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders and board member and past Volunteer Medical Director for Our Children’s Homestead, a non-profit organization based on the Boy’s Town model for traumatized foster children.
Her hospital based activities included medical directorships of adolescent units and development of eating disorder programs. After serving as Director of Mercy Center and later the Linden Oaks Eating Disorder Program she became Medical Director of Edwards- Linden Oaks Hospital in Naperville, Illinois.
Her interest in ANAD began soon after the organization was launched. She has served as a Board Member since 1977 and held office as Executive VP and President. Much of her career has been devoted to developing curriculum and training for medical and mental health professionals. As an active advocate for the field, she has testified before Congress and the National Institute for Mental Health on several occasions. Additional contributions include the initiation and launching of the Academy for Eating Disorders and the Coalition for Eating Disorders, Harvard Eating Disorder Task Force, Editorial Board Eating Disorder: Journal of Treatment and Prevention, National Eating Disorder Screening Program and APA Guidelines for Eating Disorders.
In addition to being a keynote speaker, she has presented multiple workshops on a variety of mental health and appeared on TV and radio (Oprah, CBS, NBC, WGN, Today Show, Jane Pauley, Jennie Jones, etc) to increase the awareness of eating disorders.
After her retirement in 1999, she devoted her time and energy to volunteering. 9/11 presented a unique opportunity to use her skills related to trauma. As a member of the Medical Reserve Corps, she served as the disaster mental health lead for Kane County Illinois and later became the Medical Director of the SW Florida Medical Reserve Corps. She Co-chaired the Medical Reserve Corps Disaster Mental Health Task Force in Washington under the Office of Surgeon General. In that capacity, she worked alongside the National Center for PTSD and the National Childhood Traumatic Stress Network in the development of Psychological First Aid Field Manual. She trained emergency responders across the nation both in disaster mental health and medical response and was a trainer for the American Medical Association course in Disaster Life Support,
As an active disaster responder Pat has been a member of the MRC, DMAT and Florida Crisis Consortium. In 2012, she authored the chapter, Mental Health Outcome in Disasters and Terrorism in Behavioral Health Response to Disasters.
Pat is also the recipient of several awards; Loyola Stritch School of Medicine- Faculty of the Year Award: 2000; Citibank Crystal Award; JC Penny Golden Rule Award; ANAD Service Award; AED Meehan – Hartley Award; Sierra Tucson Recognition Award; and the Points of Light Award for her work during Katrina.