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Eric Lager

Eric Lager, MD

Clinical Professor

Department: Psychiatry

Specialties: Psychiatry


  • BS - City College of New York (1954)
  • MD - State University of New York (1958)

Awards & Honors

  • Philadelphia Psychiatric Society—Practitioner of the Year (1999)
  • Hahnemann University—Herman Belmont, MD, Faculty Award (1986, 1995)

Memberships / Professional Affiliations

  • American Psychiatric Association
  • American Psychoanalytic Association
  • Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia

Eric Lager, MD, is a psychiatrist in private practice in Philadelphia. He is board certified in psychoanalysis, and has been an associate staff member at Hahnemann University Hospital since 1970.

Clinical Services



  • Kings County Hospital (1958-1959)


  • New York Hospital, Westchester (1959-1960)
  • Temple University Hospital (1960-1962)

Eric Lager, MD, is a clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Drexel University College of Medicine.


Selected/Recent Publications

Book Chapter

“Animism, Humanism and the Animal Image”
Akhtar,Salman, ed.  In Mental Zoo: The Role of Animals in the Human Mind and Its Pathology, Madison CT International Universities Press, 2005

Articles, Discussions and Responses  

"Reflections on Psychoanalysis," Charles Brenner, MD and Discussants
Journal of Clinical Psychoanalysis. vol. 11, no. 1, p. 90., Winter 2002

"Psychoanalysis and Homosexuality"
Journal of Clinical Psychoanalysis, vol. 9, no. 3, p. 306, Response, Summer 2000

Book Reviews and Commentary

Alberto Giacometti: Myth, Magic and the Man.  Wilson, Laurie.  New Haven/London: Yale University Press, Reviewed in International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 2004  

Will to Freedom: A Perilous Journey Through Fascism and Communism. Balas, Egon. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2000. Reviewed in Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, vol.4, no 1, January 2002.


Recent International Presentations

Rome Psychoanalytic Institute and CAPS Group—“Michelangelo’s Sistine Ceiling: Expulsion,
Self Creation and the Longing for Embrace,” 2002

Recent Regional and Local Presentations

Temple University Department of Psychiatry—Graduation—“Time in the Culture of
Poverty,” 2001

Philadelphia Psychoanalytic Society, discussant—“The New Neuroscience,” 2000

* This physician's clinical practice is independent of Drexel University.

Contact Information

Department of Psychiatry
245 N. 15th Street
New College Building, Mail Stop 403, Room 17302
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: 215.762.8126
Fax: 215.762.4259