Andrea Kretzschmar RES’06, MD, 43, of Chepachet, RI, died February 7. Born in Huntsville, AL, she earned her medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. After completing her residency in psychiatry at Brown, she spent 13 years on the staff at Butler Hospital working in Patient Assessment Services, the Partial Hospital Women’s Program, the Alcohol Drug Day Program, and the Integrated Therapies Program. With board certifications in both psychiatry and addiction medicine, Dr. Kretzschmar transitioned to the Providence VA Medical Center’s Collaborative Addiction Recovery Services program in 2015, where she continued treating patients with substance use disorders.
Dr. Kretzschmar was a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and human behavior at the Warren Alpert Medical School. In 2017, she received the Medical School’s Dean’s Excellence in Teaching Award. She supported the local community through her involvement in the Rhode Island Psychiatric Society and as a board leader for the Rhode Island Society for Addiction Medicine. She received the Disabled American Veterans Outstanding Physician Award posthumously. She is survived by her husband, Daniel W. Pearson; three children; and two sisters.
To honor her legacy at Brown, her friends, family, and colleagues established the Dr. Andrea Kretzschmar Addiction Psychiatry Training Fund to support future psychiatrists to provide exceptional care to patients with substance use disorders. Gifts can be made by check, payable to Brown University (write Andrea Kretzschmar Fund on the memo line) and mailed to Brown University Gift Cashier, Box 1877, Providence, RI 02912; or at brown.edu/go/Andrea.