Perrin L. French, M.D.

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Phone Number: 

(650) 961-9300 


M.D., Clinical Faculty

Faculty Program(s): 

Gronowski Center

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Residency, McLean Hospital (inpatient), Belmont, MA (1971) & Beth Isreal Hospital (outpatient), Brookline, MA (1973)
Internship, Mount Zion Hospital, San Francisco, CA (1969)
M.D., Johns Hopkins University Medical School (1968)
B.A., English Literature, Harvard University


Perrin L. French, M.D., received his undergraduate degree in English Literature from Harvard University, and his M.D. from Johns Hopkins University Medical School in Baltimore, Maryland.  He completed a rotating internship in Medicine, Psychiatry and Neurology at Mount Zion Hospital, San Francisco.  He continued his psychiatric training at two Harvard Medical School teaching services: McLean Hospital, Belmont MA (inpatient), and Beth Israel Hospital, Brookline MA (outpatient).  During his residency he was awarded Harvard’s Paul M. Howard Prize for skill in humane patient treatment.  After completing training in Maryland and Massachusetts, Dr. French returned to the San Francisco Bay area, where he entered into private practice, and in 1985 began full time work at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Hospital. 

For over twenty years Dr. French served on the Faculty at Stanford University School of Medicine, first as a Clinical Instructor and later as a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. 

In addition to his psychiatry practice Dr. French served for a number of years as Secretary of the Board of Directors of the National Association of VA Physicians and Dentists, as well as a member of the APA’s Committee on Psychological Aspects of Nuclear Issues.  As Founder of the second largest chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility in the United States, he shared in the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to its international derivative, the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War.  At the beginning of 2006, Dr. French retired from the staff of the Palo Alto VA and began work as a Senior Staff Member in the Psychiatry Clinic at Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara, where he is also the Principal Investigator of a study in the Department of Urology.  In 2007, he returned to part-time private practice in general late-adolescent and adult psychiatry, in Palo Alto.  In 2008 he became the psychiatric consultant to the Barbara and Curt Gronowski Clinic, the clinical training venue for doctoral students at Palo Alto University.  Dr. French is relatively fluent in French and speaks some Spanish and German.

Selected Publications: 

Selected Books:

French, R., French, P., & Lim, I.F. (2003). Baltimore’s Own Little Italy Artist – the Artwork of Tony DeSales.Palo Alto, CA: Genovefa Press.  

French, P. (1991). Horrendous death, health, and well-being. In Leviton, D. (Ed.), The Psychology of Survival-Directed Action. New York, NY: Hemisphere Press.

Selected Articles:

French, P.L. & Van Hoom, J. (1986). Half a nation saw nuclear war and nobody blinked? A reassessment of the impact of The Day After in terms of a theoretical chain of causality. International Journal of Mental Health, 15(1-3), 276-297.

French, P.L. (1984). The physician as nuclear war educator. New England Journal of Medicine, 310(21), 1397-1398.

French, P.L. (1984). Preventative medicine for nuclear war. Psychology Today.

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