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Gilbert Al Masterson, M.D.

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Masterson completed his Residency in Adult Psychiatry at Harvard University School of Medicine and his Fellowship in Child Psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In Grand Rapids, Michigan he has served as Medical Director of Inpatient/Partial Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Services, Medical Director of ADHD Institute, Medical Director of Adolescent Residential Services, and President of Medical Staff at Pine Rest Psychiatric Hospital. He also served as Medical Director of Inpatient Psychiatric Services and Medical Director for the Trauma Recovery Center at Forest View Psychiatric Hospital. 

Dr. Masterson has joined Sanford Behavioral Health as Chief Medical Officer. He heads up the medical team, and manages all medical interventions within Sanford facilities. Dr. Masterson has a special interest in dual-diagnosis evaluation and treatment, and he has long been involved in the research of medications that decrease craving for addictive substances. Dr. Masterson’s role at Sanford is to help psychiatrically evaluate patients and try to understand how a patient’s psychiatric symptoms may tempt them to have increased use of substances. He says, “I want to provide treatment to help decrease these symptoms.”

Dr. Masterson most recently served as Medical Director of Inpatient Psychiatric Services at the Cleveland Clinic, Akron General. When he is not working, Dr. Masterson spends his time with his wife and family.

Dr. Masterson says, “At long last, we have treatment that has been so desperately needed in West Michigan.”


Educational Background:

1971 – 1975: UNIVERSITY OF OREGON  – Eugene, Oregon. B.S. in General Science.

1976 – 1980: LOMA LINDA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE – Loma Linda, California. M.D. Degree.

1980 – 1981: ST. LUKE’S/DENVER GENERAL HOSPITAL – Denver, Colorado. Rotating Internship.

1981 – 1983: HARVARD UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE – Boston, Massachusetts Residency Training in Adult Psychiatry.

1983 – 1985: UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT LOS ANGELES – Neuropsychiatric Institute, Los Angeles, CA. Fellowship in Child Psychiatry.

Professional Background:

1981 – 1983: MASSACHUSETTS  GENERAL HOSPITAL –Boston, Massachusetts Staff  Physician

1985 – 1986: CHARTER  BAYWOOD HOSPITAL –Long Beach, CA. Medical Director of  Inpatient Psychiatric Services

1985 – 1988: UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA,  LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles, CA; Neuropsychiatric Institute. Director of Training for the Child Psychiatry Program.Chief of Psychopharmacology Clinic. Assistant Clinical Professor of Child Psychiatry.

1989 – 1991: LOMA LINDA UNIVERSITY MEDICAL SCHOOL – Loma Linda, CA. Medical Director of  Inpatient and Partial Hospital Services

1991 – 1993: KNOLLWOOD PSYCHIATRIC AND CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY CENTER – Riverside, CA. Medical Director of  Inpatient Psychiatric Services. Medical Director of  Inpatient Chemical Dependency Services.

1993 – 2001: PINE REST PSYCHIATRIC  HOSPITAL – Grand Rapids, MI. Medical Director of  Child & Adolescent Psychiatric services. Medical Director of ADHD Institute. Medical Director of Adolescent Residential Services. President of Medical Staff  (1997-1999).

2001 – 2009:   FOREST VIEW PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL – Grand Rapids, MI. Medical Director of Inpatient Psychiatric Services. Medical Director for Trauma Recovery Center

2009 – 2015 PINE REST PSYCHIATRIC  HOSPITAL – Grand Rapids, MI. Medical Director of Inpatient/Partial Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Services. Assistant Clinical Professor Psychiatry Michigan State School of Human Medicine.

2015 – 2021: CLEVELAND  CLINIC AKRON  GENERAL – Akron, OH Medical Director of  Inpatient Psychiatric Services

2021 – current: SANFORD BEHAVIORAL HEALTH – Marne, Michigan – Chief Medical Officer