Kenneth Willis, M.D.
Kenneth W. Willis, M.D. is a board certified psychiatric physician who has been specializing in eating disorders treatment for over twenty-five years. He did his undergraduate work at Harvard, attended medical school at Dartmouth and completed residency in psychiatry at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. Dr. Willis has extensively treated eating disorder patients at all levels of care including acute inpatient, residential, partial (day) hospitalization and outpatient office settings. As such he has observed eating disorders from their earliest beginnings to their most severe presentations including dealing with life-threatening medical complications in hospitals. He has a broad bio-psycho-social perspective on the management of eating disorders throughout the course of the illness, including the role of co-occurring illnesses such as mood, anxiety and trauma disorders and exacerbating environmental factors.
Dr. Willis has extensive facility with the medical management, psychopharmacological treatments, individual, group and family therapy of eating disorders, and has experience as an expert witness in legal cases involving eating disorders. While focusing on the uniqueness of each individual, he approaches each patient with compassion and knowledge, but also with a sense of urgency towards the goal of acute stabilization and ultimately full recovery.
Dr. Willis is a member of the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) since its inception, and an advocate of appropriate family involvement in the management and treatment of their loved ones with eating disorders. He is a member of the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED), a Founding Clinical Advisory Board Member of Project HEAL and is on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp).
Dr. Willis founded prominent Eating Disorder Programs in New Jersey including the program at University Medical Center at Princeton, and served as Attending Physician, Medical Director and Supervisor in these settings. He recently served as Medical Director of Monte Nido East Coast Operations helping with its national expansion. He currently has a private practice in the Princeton, New Jersey area and New York City.
Perhaps most importantly, his diverse life experience (triumphing over personal adversity and living and working with people of all walks of life) informs his work passion, sensitivity, sensibility and can-do approach to eating disorders treatment.