Andrew Chi, M.D. is an entrepreneur and well-rounded coach who helps individuals, organizations, and communities to learn how to thrive despite their setbacks. Prior to creating Veritas Global Development, Dr. Chi founded ECRIT, LLC, a consulting firm in the New York City area, to apply and improve coaching perspectives and methods.
Before he built and led several enterprises, Dr. Chi began his initial career in medicine, graduating from Jefferson Medical College in Center City, Philadelphia. Before the government decided to drastically cut clinical reimbursements for the clinical aspects of the infectious disease specialty, Dr. Chi performed infectious disease research at both the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in Maryland. He then switched to train in psychiatry and neurology at Tufts University School of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and Dartmouth Medical School, completing far more subspecialty training than other physicians, including one residency program and four fellowship programs that include Adult Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry, and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. As a Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist in Boston, Dr. Chi took care of many children with neuropsychiatric disorders, he served patients who flew in from Maine and Nantucket, and he worked in Boston Public Schools with both the brightest students (at Boston Latin School and Boston Latin Academy) and the most troubled students (at the McKinley schools).
Although neurology treats problems with the brain and psychiatry treats problems involving the interface between the brain and the mind, neither medical discipline addressed how the brain or mind can be enhanced to help people to succeed. In part, academic and professional success are seen as endeavors outside of medicine and mental health. Dr. Chi saw this gap in his training when he helped the unemployed through a Career Transition Workshop in Boston Commons that he helped lead with a friend from GE Capital. This led him to study business, coaching, and organizational psychology. He formally studied subjects like corporate leadership, entrepreneurship, and Quality Improvement at Dartmouth’s Tuck Masters of Business Administration (MBA) program and Dartmouth’s Masters of Public Health (MPH) program.
Similar to his well-rounded clinical background in psychiatry and psychotherapy, Dr. Chi similarly developed a well-rounded background as an executive coach, life coach, academic coach, and performance coach. Dr. Chi helps corporate leaders, government officials, speakers, and individual families from almost every continent around the world by emphasizing the salient information that he knows from neuroscience and psychology to enhance his coaching impact for his clients. In addition to coaching, Dr. Chi has also been involved with teaching, tutoring, and mentoring for they are also important people for a person to become successful. From his background in classroom teaching and individualized tutoring, Dr. Chi realizes that attention, learning, problem-solving, and memory are four of the key cognitive components of success. For a mentor to be effective, he or she must know the cognitive capacity of their mentoree from a teacher or tutor because grades do not indicate how a student uses their brain. Meanwhile, he sees the importance of a mentor's values and perspectives for a mentoree's decision-making and learning. In high school, he was a paid swim instructor and regularly tutored math live on a cable television show. Later, he won teaching awards in psychiatry from medical students at Tufts University, and he won the annual teaching award from the faculty of the Department of Internal Medicine at Dartmouth Medical School. Among his other engagements, Dr. Chi spoke as a guest speaker on National Public Radio (NPR) through station WBUR in Boston at the request of Thomas Reilly when he was the Attorney General of Massachusetts.
"The scientific attitude that is needed is, and must be, very pervasive and very deep. That is, every suggested improvement ought to be considered a hypothesis or an experiment to be tested and confirmed, always with the implication that it may turn out to be untrue or false or unwise, and even more universally, with the expectation that even though it may work well, it is going to bring up all sorts of new and unforeseen questions." Psychology Professor Abraham Maslow, Maslow on Management