Born and raised in Marblehead, Massachusetts. Graduated from Brown University in 1983. Received his Doctor of Medicine degree from John Hopkins Medical School in 1987 and completed his psychiatry residency at the Tufts-New England Medical Center.
While a medical student, he worked as a reporter for Newsweek and a freelancer for the Washington Post and Baltimore Sun. He also became medical editor and producer for Lifetime Medical Television in New York and Los Angeles from 1985-1989. After his residency, he served as medical director of the Tri-City Mental Health Centers and then went on to become medical director of Heritage Health Systems.
Since 1996, he has had a private practice of forensic, adult and adolescent psychiatry with offices in Newburyport, Massachusetts and New York City. He has testified in numerous high-profile cases, including those of Dr. Richard Sharp, Clark Rockfeller, Richard Rosenthal, Mary Winkler and Joseph Druce.