Dr. Susan Rako

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Publications, Presentations and Honors

Dr. Susan Rako, author of, 'The Hormone Of Desire' 
 

Susan Rako, M.D.  

Kindle Editions

That's How the Light Gets In: Memoir of a Psychiatrist  
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The Hormone of Desire: The Truth About Testosterone, Sexuality, and Menopause  
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Semrad : The Heart of a Therapist
by Susan Rako and Harvey Mazer.
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Dr. Rako's books

That's How the Light Gets In: Memoir of a Psychiatrist
Harmony Publications ISBN #140004605X
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The Blessings of the Curse: No More Periods?
Backinprint.com publication ISBN #0595386555
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Now available in paperback
Semrad : The Heart of a Therapist
by Susan Rako and Harvey Mazer.
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Publications, Presentations and Honors

  • Podcast on “Fertility Friday” with Lisa Hendrickson-Jack
    September 09, 2016
    “The Blessings of the Curse: The Risks of Menstrual Suppression"
  • Prometheus Press, Finland
    March, 2015
    Finnish Edition of
    Semrad: The Heart of a Therapist


  • Boston Magazine
    February 2014
    Piece by James Parker features a recent interview with Dr. Rako about Dr. Elvin Semrad and "Semrad: The Heart of a Therapist”.
  • Featured Speaker
    April 30, 2011 Worcester Polytechnic Institute
    Women's Words Writers Workshop
    Worcester, Massachusetts

  • Featured Staff Visit
    August 6, 2008 "Great Papers" presentation
    Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry
    The Cambridge Hospital
    Cambridge, MA

  • Featured speaker
    April 25, 2007 Wellesley Psychology Club

  • The Women's Hormonal Health Crisis
    Panel Discussion & Reception
    Sponsored by Women's Health on Alert (WHOA)
    Saturday, February 3, 2007
    The Wellesley College Club

  • Featured guest speaker
    May 18, 2006 Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry, Somerville Health Center

  • Lecture:
    "Cutting-Edge Issues In Women's Reproductive Health"
    April 6, 2006 Harvard Divinity School

  • The Women's Hormonal Health Crisis
    Panel Discussion & Reception
    Sponsored by Women's Health on Alert (WHOA)
    Saturday, March 25, 2006
    The Wellesley College Club

  • "A critique of the Women's Health Initiative hormone therapy study."
    Fertil Steril. 2005 Dec;84(6):1589-601

  • Testosterone Deficiency and Supplementation for Women 
    Panel Discussion & Reception
    Sponsored by Women's Health on Alert (WHOA)
    Saturday, October 15, 2005
    The Wellesley College Club

  • "No More Periods? The Risks of Menstrual Suppression and Other Cutting-Edge Issues About Hormones and Women's Health"
    Publication Date:  April, 2003
    Harmony Publications ISBN# 1400045037
    To Order this book: Amazon.com

  • The Women's Hormonal Health Crisis:
    Unbiased Talk and Real Answers
    Sponsored by Women's Health on Alert (WHOA)
    Panel Discussion & Reception
    Saturday, April 02, 2005
    The Wellesley College Club, Wellesley College Campus

  • Revised and Updated Paperback Edition!! 
    "The Hormone of Desire: 
    The Truth About Testosterone, Sexuality, and Menopause " 
    Publication Date: March, 1999  
    Three River Press/ Random House ISBN# 0609-80386-7  
    TO ORDER THIS BOOK: Amazon.com

  • Web Guest Expert
    Power Surge
    October 7, 2004 

  • Wellesley College    
    Presentation:  "The Risks of Menstrual Suppression"    
    Wellesley, Massachusetts
    April, 2004

  • Web Guest Expert
    Power Surge
    July 10, 2003

  • Web Guest Expert
    Power Surge
    November 7, 2002

  • Marquis Who's Who in America, 2001-2017
    Marquis Who'sWho in the World, 2001-2017
    Marquis Who'sWho in Medicine and Healthcare: 
              Millennium edition:  2000-2001

  • Web Guest Expert
    Power Surge
    February 08, 2001

  • The Journal of Women's Health and Gender Based Medicine
    Volume 9, Number 8  October, 2000
    "Testosterone Supplemental Therapy Post-Hysterectomy With or Without Concomitant Oophorectomy:  Estrogen Alone is Not Enough"

  • Directions in Psychiatry
    May, 2000  Millennium Series:  Volume 20, Part 2
    "Testosterone -- Physiology and Function in Women and Men:  The Foundation of Sexuality and More."

  • Web Expert Presentation and Discussion
    Autumn, 2000  
    Ivanhoe Broadcast News

  • Journal of Women's Health and Gender Based Medicine
    October, 2000 -- Volume 09, Number 08  
    "Testosterone Supplemental Therapy Post-Hysterectomy With or Without Concomitant Oophorectomy:  Estrogen Alone is Not Enough"


  • SPANISH EDITION:  LA HORMONA DEL DESEO
    TIKAL EDICIONES
    / Madrid
    ISBN:  84-305-8291-6
    TO ORDER THIS BOOK:  Amazon.com

  • JAPANESE EDITION OF THE HORMONE OF DESIRE
    Seiwa Shoten Co., Ltd./ Tokyo
    ISBN:  4-7911-0404-8

  • The Cambridge Series
    Cambridge Hospital Continuing Education Presentation:   "Testosterone:  Physiology and Function in Women and Men:  The Foundation of Sexuality and More"
    Boston, MA
    April, 2000

  • American Association of Physician Specialists Scientific Meeting
    Lecture: "Testosterone Deficiency and Supplementation for Women:
    What Do We Need To Know? "

    San Diego, CA
    June, 1999

  • American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting
    Symposium Chairperson and Principal Speaker:
    "Testosterone: The Foundation for Sexual Function in Women and Men"
    Washington, D.C.
    May, 1999

  • Society for Sex Therapy and Research
    Presentation: "Testosterone Deficiency and Supplementation for Women: Matters of Sexuality and Health"
    Boston, MA
    March, 1999

  • Psychiatric Annals 
    Volume 29, Number 1  
    "Testosterone Deficiency and Supplementation for Women: 
    Matters of Sexuality and Health "

    January, 1999

  • "The Hormone of Desire: 
    The Truth About Sexuality, Menopause, and Testosterone "
     
    Harmony Books / Random House  
    New York, NY  
    Published 1996 

  • THE JOURNAL OF WOMEN'S HEALTH 
    Volume 7, Number 7 September, 1998  
    "Testosterone Deficiency: A Key Factor in the Increased Cardiovascular Risk to Women Following Hysterectomy or with Natural Aging? " 

  • Taskforce on Female Sexuality 
    Robert Wood Johnson Medical School  
    University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey  
    Presentation: "Physiologic Aspects of Aging and Sexuality in Women"
    New York, New York  
    January 1999 

  • Brigham and Women's Hospital 
    Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology  
    Grand Rounds  
    Boston, Massachusetts  
    Presentation: "Testosterone Deficiency Following Hysterectomy or With Natural Aging: A Key Factor in Increased Cardiovascular Risk?" 
    December, 1998 

  • South Carolina Academy of Family Physicians 
    50th Annual Scientific Assembly  
    Hilton Head Island, South Carolina  
    Presentation: "Testosterone Deficiency and Supplementation for Women: What Do We Need to Know? " 
    November, 1998 

  • New England Patient's Rights Group/ Hysterectomy Support Group 
    Norwood, Massachusetts  
    Presentation: "Testosterone Supplementation: Key to Sexuality, Health, and Quality of Life 
    September, 1998 

  • American College of Obstetricians/Gynecologists/ 
    New Hampshire (ACOG)  
    Portsmouth, New Hampshire  
    Presentation: "Managing the Complex Postmenopausal Patient" 
    September, 1998 

  • Rite of Passage Cancer Project 
    Newport, Rhode Island  
    Presentation: "Testosterone Deficiency and Supplementation for Women -- for Health and Quality of Life " 
    July, 1998 

  • Sixth Annual Congress on Women's Health 
    Washington, D.C  
    Presentation: "Testosterone, The Hormone of Desire" 
    June, 1998 

  • American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting 
    Toronto, Canada  
    Symposium Co-Chairperson and Principal Speaker:  
    "Estrogen and Testosterone: 'Natural Antidepressants?'" 
    June, 1998 

  • University of Toronto Hospital Medical Center/Sunnybrook Hospital 
    Toronto, Canada  
    Lecture: "Testosterone Deficiency and Supplementation for Women: 
    What Do We Need to Know? "
     
    June, 1998 

  • New York Women's Agenda: Agenda '98: 
    A Dialogue on Women's Health  
    New York City  
    Panel Presentation: "Menopause and the Post-Menopausal Woman" 
    May, 1998 

  • Rite of Passage Cancer Project 
    Providence, Rhode Island  
    Workshop: "Testosterone Deficiency and Supplementation for Women -- for Health and for Quality of Life " 
    May, 1998 

  • The Arlene Violet Show -- WHJJ 920AM 
    Interview  
    April 27, 1998 

  • The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality 
    Boston, Massachusetts  
    Workshop: "The Hormone of Desire: What We Need to Know About Menopause, Hysterectomy, Sexuality, and Testosterone " 
    April, 1998 

  • Australia -- ABC Radio National 
    Feature: "Testosterone -- The Many Gendered Hormone" 
    Science Broadcast with Natasha Mitchell  
    April, 1998

The Spence Center for Women's Health 
Cambridge, Massachusetts  
Workshop: "Hormones, Health, Sexuality, and Quality of Life" 
March, 1998  
The Women's City Club of New York 
Workshop: "Hormones, Health, Sexuality, and Quality of Life" 
June, 1997  
American Psychiatric Association 
Co-Chairman and Primary Presenter  
Annual Meeting, San Diego  
"Estrogen, Testosterone, and Dysphoria at Midlife" 
May, 1997  
North American Menopause Society 
Roundtable Discussion Leader  
"Estrogen and Testosterone: 'Natural Anti-depressants?'" 
1997 Annual Meeting, Boston 
Roundtable Discussion Leader  
" Navigating In Poorly Charted Waters" 
"Testosterone Deficiency and Supplementation for Women; 'What Do We Need to Know?' "
 
1996 Annual Meeting, Chicago  
"Testosterone Deficiency and Supplementation for Women: 
What Do We Need to Know? "
 
Menopause Management  
1996 (Vol. 5, No. 4)  
Professional Compounding Centers of America 
Keynote Speaker  
Annual Meeting, Houston, Texas  
January, 1997
National Association of Social Workers 
Keynote Speaker  
June Fletcher Memorial Conference  
Andover, Massachusetts  
November, 1996
The Penn Club, New York City 
Featured Speaker: Sexual Energy and Menopause  
October, 1996  
Workshop Series: Sexual Energy and Menopause 
Boston, New York, Houston, San Juan, San Diego  
1993-1997 and ongoing  
NOW (National Organization for Women) 
Workshop: "Sexual Energy and Menopause: Navigating in Poorly Charted Waters " 
Berkshire Community College  
November, 1995  
San Juan, Puerto Rico, Workshop 
"Sexual Energy and Menopause" 
February / March 1994  
Rowe Conference Center, Rowe, Massachusetts 
Week-end workshop:  
"Sexual Energy and Menopause: Navigating in Poorly Charted Waters" 
November, 1993  
Interface 
(New England's Center for the Education of Body, Mind and Spirit)  
Cambridge, Massachusetts  
Workshop, "Sexual Energy and Menopause: a workshop for women preparing to navigate -- or already at sea -- in poorly-charted waters" 
July, 1993  
University of Puerto Rico Meclical School 
Featured Speaker "Leading Psychotherapists of the World" 
 1991  
Semrad Memorial Teaching Conference Week 
National Coordinator  
1986 and 1991  
'Semrad. The Heart of a Therapist' 
Co-editor with Harvey Mazer, M.D.,  
Jason Aronson New York and London;  
Published 1980  
Reissued, Scribner and Aronson  
1984

Faculty And Staff Appointments

Harvard Medical School 
Boston, Massachusetts
Teaching Fellow in Psychiatry  
1967-1969
Harvard Medical School 
Boston, Massachusetts
Clinical Fellow in Psychiatry  
1969-1970  
Harvard MedicaI School 
Boston, Massachusetts
Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry  
1970-1975  
Massachusetts Mental Health Center 
Boston, Massachusetts
Staff Psychiatrist  
1970-1977  
Newton-Wellesley Hospital 
Newton, Massachusetts
Staff Psychiatrist  
1982  
Cutler Counseling Center 
Norwood, Massachusetts
Consultant in Child and Adult Psychiatry  
1983  
Veterans Administration Hospital 
San Juan, Puerto Rico  
Consultant in Psychiatry  
1990 - 1994

Specialty Training

Beth Israel Hospital 
Boston, Massachusetts
Residency in Child and Adult Psychiatry  
1969-1970  
Massachusetts Mental Health Center 
Boston, Massachusetts
Residency in Adult Psychiatry  
1967-1969  
Mt. Auburn Hospital 
Cambridge, Massachusetts  
Medical/Surgical Internship  
1966-1967  
May Institute 
Cincinnati, Ohio
Medical Research Assistant  
1961-1962  
Worcester Foundation for Experimental Biology 
Shrewsbury, Massachusetts
Medical Research Assistant  
Neuroendocrine Research  
1959  

Education

Albert Einstein College of Medicine 
Bronx, New York
1962-1966, M.D. 1966  
Boston University College of Communication 
Boston, Massachusetts
1982-1988, M.S. in Film 1988  
University of Cincinnati 
Cincinnati, Ohio
1960-1961, B.S. 1961  
Wellesley College 
Wellesley, Massachusetts  
1957-1960  
Worcester Classical High School 
Worcester, Massachusetts
Graduated 1957  
Worcester Public Schools 
Worcester, Massachusetts
K-12

 

 

 

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