Executive Medical Director, Hearth Center for Healing
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston
Dr. Brewerton is Executive Medical Director of the Hearth Center for Healing in Columbia, South Carolina, and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, where he is also in private practice. Dr. Brewerton is triple board certified in general psychiatry, child/adolescent psychiatry and forensic psychiatry, Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Founding Fellow of the Academy of Eating Disorders. He is a Past-President of the Eating Disorders Research Society and the South Carolina Psychiatric Association. Dr. Brewerton has published over 125 articles and book chapters on various topics in psychiatry, including eating and related disorders, psychopharmacology, neurobiology, PTSD, dissociation and the effects of childhood sexual and physical abuse. He edited the “Clinical Handbook for Eating Disorders: An Integrated Approach” and co-edited (with Amy Baker Dennis) “Eating Disorders, Substance Use Disorders and Addictions: Research, Clinical and Treatment Aspects,” which is in press. Dr. Brewerton has reviewed for over 36 journals, including the Journal of Traumatic Stress, and serves on the Editorial Boards of the International Journal of Eating Disorders, Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention, and Current Food and Nutrition Science. He has received numerous awards recognizing his accomplishments, including the 2013 Craig Johnson Award for Clinical Practice and Training by the National Eating Disorders Association, the Honorary Certified Eating Disorder Specialist award by the International Association of Eating Disorder Specialists, Best Doctors in America, America’s Top Psychiatrists, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World, and numerous teaching awards.
Dr. Brewerton attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge (1971-74) and Tulane University School of Medicine (1974-78) in New Orleans. He completed a psychiatric internship and residency at the University of California at San Francisco (1978-82), and then worked for the U.S. Public Health Service at Hawaii State Hospital (1982-84). He completed a clinical research-psychopharmacology fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) in Bethesda, M.D. (1984-87), where he studied the role of serotonin in eating disorders, and later, a child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at MUSC (1994-96).