Dr. Nanette Gartrell, M.D.


Nanette Gartrell, M.D., is a psychiatrist, researcher, and writer. She was formerly on the faculties of Harvard Medical School (1979-1987) and the University of California, San Francisco (1988-2011). Her 47 years of scientific investigations have focused primarily on sexual minority parent families. In the 1980s and ’90s, Dr. Gartrell was the principal investigator of groundbreaking investigations into sexual misconduct by physicians that led to a cleanup of professional ethics codes and the criminalization of sexual exploitation of patients. For 13 years, she volunteered her psychiatric services to chronically mentally ill homeless people in the Tenderloin. Among other honors, she is a recipient of the Legal Aid Society’s Mathew O. Tobriner Public Service Award.