About Dr. Sheldon Greenberg
Dr. Sheldon Greenberg has been in private practice since 1972. He is board certified in general psychiatry and addiction psychiatry by the American Board of Medical Specialties. He has an additional certification in forensics with the American College of Forensic Physicians. He is currently the medical director of the Compsych Health Resource Company. He was the former Corporate Medical Director of the Lifeline Chemical Dependency Program from 1985 through 2002. While a major in the U.S. Army, he served as chief of the mental health and drug abuse program at Fort Sheridan, Illinois.
He has served as a consulting psychiatrist for diverse organizations such as the San Francisco Giants Baseball Organization and the U.S. Marshall Service including their witness protection program. He was involved with the Chicago Police Department in hostage negotiations. He has done psychiatric and chemical dependency disability and various other forensic examinations for such diverse organizations as the U.S. Postal Service, Chicago Police Department and Florida Department of Professional Regulations.
He is currently an attending psychiatrist at Louis Weiss Memorial Hospital. He has been interviewed on TV, radio and print to address psychiatric and chemical dependency issues. He is the Director and Co-founder of the 360 Innovative Marketing + Communications, LLC Healthcare Division.
Dr. Greenberg constantly strives to develop new treatment approaches based upon sound scientific principles, while consistently reviewing any alternative treatment programs to provide his patients with the best possible care. Dr. Greenberg’s style is innovative and thorough, and he considers his responsibilities to his patients as a privilege; he is grateful for the opportunity to help those in need. If you or someone close to you could use help with general psychiatry, addiction psychiatry, attention deficit disorder (ADD) or weight control, please contact us.
DR. SHELDON STUART GREENBERG
BY WILLIAM B. CRAWOFRD – former Chicago Tribune columnist and Pulitzer Prize winner
When chronicling the personal profile of Dr. Sheldon Stuart Greenberg, it is a challenge to know where to begin. To say that he is a successful Chicago psychiatrist in a sense understates the positive, ranging and substantial impact he has had on the lives of so many men, women and teen-agers and even pre-teens since graduating from Northwestern University’s Department of Psychiatry in 1972.
As he sits in his spacious, rather cluttered office on Sheffield Avenue on Chicago’s North Side, his walls plastered, his shelves filled, with framed attestations to his myriad achievements, Dr. Greenberg projects the image of an individual smack in the middle of an idea whirlwind. And, indeed, Dr. Greenberg’s accomplishments in part can be attributed to a well of energy and intellectual ferment that has enabled him to remain one step ahead of the arc of an ever-changing world for a single purpose—to better serve the needs of his patients. Now in his fourth decade of practicing psychiatry, Dr. Greenberg recently launched his latest initiative: Forging a business team that intends to harness the Internet in a way that will bring increased efficiencies of care to patients through on line lectures patients can tap into, through postings of relevant cutting-edge medical findings patients can read, through webinars, Facebook communications with patients—and much more.
“The philosophy behind our on-line project,” says Dr. Greenberg, “is to bring transparency to the patient, to let the patient know who the doctor is, what that doctor’s philosophy is. To provide them with enhanced treatment, a more efficient and holistic delivery system of care that is mindful of the patient’s time and money constraints. The new media presents an array of new challenges and new possibilities for the patient and the medical profession.”
Dr. Greenberg’s journey to a psychiatry degree from Northwestern, with stops along the way at the University of Illinois (Navy Pier) where he obtained an undergraduate degree in psychology, a minor in political science, and Stritch-Loyola, Maywood, where he received a medical doctor degree, began in the early ‘40s and ‘50s on Chicago’s once storied West Side. His journey is a remarkable tale in itself.
The son of first generation Americans, he came to know “poverty and a lot of death” growing up around 14th Street and Keeler Avenue, he says. His father Hyman, born in Palestine, became a grocer and died when the future psychiatrist was ten. His mother Golda, from Eastern Europe, became the homemaker and also died at a younger age. Dr. Greenberg toiled on to help make family ends meet, waiting tables, selling hot dogs and the like at Chicago’s Sox and Cubs Parks and at Soldier Field. (“Never made it to the Chicago Stadium,” he says, sounding almost rueful.) For a time he shined shoes in a south side barber shop—at twenty-five cents a shoe.
After graduating from Northwestern, his degree in psychiatry in hand, Dr. Greenberg served a two-year hitch in the U.S. Army, directing mental health, drug and alcohol programs for enlisted soldiers in a five-state area from army headquarters at Ft. Sheridan in Highwood, IL. He was discharged in 1974 with the rank of major. Over the next 30 years, Dr. Greenberg’s resume exploded with one dizzying watershed achievement after another. He has certification from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, the American Academy of Addiction Medicine, and from three other related professional bodies. The faculty, clinic, consultancy, charitable and hospital appointments he has held over the years consume two pages of his curriculum vitae.
House Physician, Lyric Opera, 1973-74; staff psychiatrist, Ravenswood Hospital Medical Center, 1977-1981; consulting psychiatrist and advisor on drug related issues to Commissioner of Baseball and San Francisco Giants, 1988; hostage negotiation consultation, Chicago Police Department, 1992; consultant, U.S. Postal Service, regarding disability determination, psychiatry/chemical dependency, 1993-1998; consultant to the U.S. Marshal Service and the Marshal’s witness protection program, 1999-to the present; attending psychiatrist, Weiss Hospital, 1985-to the present; volunteer, Chicago Medical Reserve Corp, Chicago Department of Health, 2009-to the present. He has testified as an expert witness in nearly two dozen civil and criminal trials—child custody, divorce, medical malpractice litigation. He was an expert witness in the criminal trial of Gregory Hill, dubbed the “High Rise Bandit,” whose name was splashed across front pages in the early ‘80s as Hill terrorized lakefront residents, breaking into their homes, tying them up and stealing valuables to support a cocaine habit. Sports reporters and columnists call on him from time to time, seeking his analysis of why, for example, John Rocker the one-time Atlanta Braves promising closer, lost it in an ugly homophobic, racist public rant. Or why Leon Lett, former Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle turned to cocaine abuse and was suspended from the NFL for four games.
One detects a misty eye from Dr. Greenberg when he talks about the “Love Line Connection,” clearly in his view, one of his proudest moments. A charity set up by Dr. Greenberg immediately following 9-11, the “Love Line Connection” collected thousands of condolence letters written by Midwest and overseas’ residents expressing their sorrow to relatives of the more than 3000 victims who perished in the Twin Tower collapse. With help from the Marine Corps in coordinating the project, Dr. Greenberg boarded a plane and personally delivered the heartfelt missives to Manhattan where they were distributed to those directly affected by the attack.
“Happiness in my view,” he reflects softly when asked about the 9/11 charity, “is bringing love into someone’s life by giving that someone your best stuff.”
Somehow, with all this outside activity going on, Dr. Greenberg still manages to tuck in a private psychiatric practice from his second floor office on North Sheffield. He reports that a third of his patients seek him out for treatment of issues he has made his specialty—that is for alcohol and chemical dependency, obesity, pain management and attention deficit disorder maladies.
Married, the father of three grown children, one might conclude that Dr. Greenberg has little spare time for anything else outside his professional obligations. Fact is he is a former marathoner: “The Chicago Marathon twice, Boston, New York and Honolulu once each,” he says. Asked how he fared in these endurance contests, Dr. Greenberg smiles and says simply, “I finished.”
These days, with weakened knees, he has turned to swimming, weight lifting and the elliptical in his Ravenswood home for exercise, regular routines he considers critical—along with reading, lots of reading—for physical and mental peace of mind. And yes, he always makes time for the six grand-children.