Andrew Stone, M.D., is a staff psychiatrist and director of the PTSD Clinical Team at the VA Medical Center in Philadelphia, where he has worked with combat veterans for more than 25 years. He has written and spoken about various aspects of traumatic stress, most recently on new ethical challenges raised by treating combatants who may have to fight again. Another recent piece explored “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” as a trauma narrative. Other areas of interest have included the existential aspects of trauma treatment and the role of advocacy in trauma treatment. He has also performed psychiatric evaluations for asylum seekers under the auspices of Physicians for Human Rights and has led trainings for others to provide those services.
Stone has been teaching interviewing to psychiatry residents for more than 20 years, with an emphasis on meeting the person and getting the story. He is a clinical associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. Other interests and pastimes include travel, archaeology, photography and music. Walking in the nearby Wissahickon Valley or in distant parks or ancient ruins all provide restorative experiences. An inveterate and omnivorous reader, he also enjoys writing.