Dr. Robert Ferrell is a native of New York and a 1962 graduate of Bowdoin College with a B.A. in Philosophy, cum laude. He attended graduate school at Tufts University, completing a Master’s degree in Physiology in 1966. He received his medical Degree with Honors from the University of Southern California in 1970.
Dr. Ferrell married Mimi Staelin, a Ballerina and social worker in 1966. They had two daughters born during his medical school years. They left California after the earthquake of 1971, returning to Boston where Dr. Ferrell pursued Psychiatric residency training at Massachusetts General Hospital. He became a chief resident and then a staff psychiatrist at Harvard University Medical School until 1978. After settling in the North Shore area, Dr. Ferrell joined a Psychiatric Practice in Newburyport where he developed an Inpatient Psychiatric Unit.
In 1990, Dr. Ferrell worked at the Northampton State Hospital to help dismantle the state hospital system. Following a lengthy tour with several state hospital systems, he decided to pursue geriatric psychiatry, the primary interest being to care for the complex interaction of medical and psychological issues confronting the elderly.
For the past 28 years, Dr. Ferrell worked in several long-term care facilities, and he developed an outpatient practice in Natick while living in Wellesley, just a mile from his daughter and three grandsons. He and his wife have maintained a keen interest in traveling, skiing, kayaking, and hiking. A life-long passion for music is pursued through his singing with the Saengerfest Men’s Chorus and with an a cappella group that performs locally and internationally. A recent trip to New Zealand still provides strongly etched memories of nature’s wonders and promotes dreams of ventures to yet unseen destinations.
Dr. Ferrell joined the Campion team in 2015 as its psychiatric consultant. He said, “My consultations with residents of Campion Health & Wellness provide me the rare opportunity of furthering my understanding of the aging process from the perspective of a very discerning group of men.”