Interview: Emotional trauma may have kept Amy Lord from fleeing. Dr. Bursztajn, as a forensic psychiatric expert with a special interest in head trauma and PTSD, is interviewed on the brutal kidnapping and killing of Amy Lord. Chelsea Conaboy, Boston Globe, July 26, 2013.

Article: On Being Mentored and Mentoring. Dr. Bursztajn’s recollections of being mentored by Leston Havens, M.D. (1924-2011) in the Winter, 2012 International Society for the Psychological Treatments of the Schizophrenias and other Psychoses (ISPS).

Interview: Dr. Omar Sultan Haque aims to humanize health care. Dr. Omar Sultan Haque, a psychology PhD candidate at Harvard and one of Dr. Bursztajn’s mentees, is interviewed in the Boston Globe about a piece Dr. Haque wrote with Adam Waytz in the current issue of Perspectives on Psychological Science about the dehumanization of medicine.

Presentation: You can kill us but you can’t humiliate us. On March 7, 2011, Dr. Bursztajn will present lessons he learned from his parents’ experience, followed by a discussion by Anna Ornstein, MD at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute.

Interview: Tucson Shooting Renews Gun Control Debate. Dr. Bursztajn is interviewed on NPR’s Talk of the Nation on February 16, 2011 on the public safety issues arrising out of the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. The January shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and 18 others in Tucson has reignited two issues in the debate over guns in America: the legality of extended magazine clips like the one used by the suspected shooter, and access to firearms by the mentally ill.

Presentation: Lodz Ghetto. Dr. Bursztajn and Geoffrey Brahmer give presentations at Arlington High School in Arlington, MA. The students later wrote comments on the presentation, linked to above.

Book: Teaching Ethics in Organ Transplantation and Tissue Donation: Cases and Movies. Dr. Bursztajn contributed a case study in this new book on the the ethics organ transplantation. Being a global and transnational endeavor, organ transplantation raises universal ethical concerns and, yet, has to be adapted to culturally mediated beliefs. In this book, 30 case studies colleeted from all over the world illustrate the range of global and local, ethical, social, and cultural problems assoeiated with this new form of treatment. Together with a list of relevant movies, the colleetion provides a unique resource for ethics education in medicine, health care, philosophy, and religious studies.

Professor A. Stone Freedberg, a distinguished clinician and Harvard Medical School Professor Emeritus continued to help Dr. Bursztajn teach medical students patient care until his passing in 2009 at the age of 101. More information about Dr. Freedberg’s full life can be found in his moving obituary in the Boston Globe.

Article: Lessons from a WWII ghetto resonate with doctors today. The Boston Globe features a story on Dr. Bursztajn’s teaching activities at Harvard medical School relative to learning from his parent’s experiences with doctors during the Shoah. This article was inspired by a recent Surgical Grand Rounds, “Health Care in the Lodz Ghetto: Care, Compliance, Conscience and Resistance” that Dr. Bursztajn presented at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center on July 8, 2009. More recently, the story has been picked up by the Los Angeles Times.

Article: Towards Credible Conflict of Interest Policies in Clinical Psychiatry. Dr. Bursztajn’s article with Lisa Cosgrove with a response from the chair and vice chair of the the DSM-V Task Force on the need for transparency of potential conflicts of interest for the conduct of psychiatric teaching, research, and clinical care and in the drafting of the next revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

Case: State of New York vs Nixzaliz Santiago. (2008) Dr. Bursztajn was retained by prosecution for examination of defendant. Articles on the verdict in the New York Times.

Case: deVries, et al. vs Secaucus Fire Department, et al. A landmark civil rights verdict in a case alleging a town’s politicians’ failure to protect a gay couple who were harassed and eventually driven out of their home next to a fire station in Secaucus. Dr. Bursztajn served as the plaintiffs’ attorneys’ retained testifying expert regarding causation, the nature and extent of the emotional injuries and standards for reliability and validity for an forensic psychiatric Independent Medical Examination.

Book: Psychiatric Ethics and the Rights of Persons with Mental Disabilities in Institutions and the Community. This book, co-written by Dr. Bursztajn with Michael Perlin, Kris Gledhill and Eva Szeli contains case studies contributed by several of his mentees who nominated him for the Barger Award below, was published on February 25, 2008 and is available for download at the UNESCO and the International Center for Health Law and Ethics at the University of Haifa websites. Physical copies of the book may be purchased by contacting the editor Amnon Carmi. All purchased copies will benefit the work of the International Center for Health Law and Ethics at the University of Haifa and will help them to continue their work in this vital area.

Case: State of IL v. Aubrey Tucker. Dr. Bursztajn testified in three phases of the trial: a hearing to suppress Tucker’s confession that the defense alleged was coerced, in the guilt/innocence phase regarding Tucker’s ability to form specific intent, and in the sentencing phase where the jury found that sufficient mitigating factors were present to preclude a death-penalty verdict.