Originally from New York, Dr. Stephen Hall graduated from Cornell Univ. Medical College and moved to San Francisco for psychiatry residency at UC San Francisco. He is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCSF, where he was Director of Intensive Services in Psychiatry for 12 years, running the acute-care clinical and training programs as well as the electroconvulsive therapy service at Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute. He has practiced in hospital-based, academic settings for over 24 years, first at California Pacific Medical Center, and then at UCSF. Currently he is Associate Medical Director for Development at the Jewish Home of San Francisco, where he is an attending psychiatrist. He also has an established outpatient practice of psychotherapy, medication management, and second opinion consultations. He has extensive knowledge of and experience with the clinical psychopharmacology of medications for severe and persistent mental illness. He is regionally known as a speaker and expert in the clinical and educational aspects of inpatient, consultation-liaison, partial hospitalization, and emergency department psychiatry. He has won numerous resident teaching awards and currently leads seminars for students at the UCSF School of Medicine.