Welcome to the Department of Psychiatry at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and Georgetown University School of Medicine.
The mission of our department is to provide high quality mental health care and service to the community in an academic model that integrates teaching and research activities in everything we do. We are particularly focused on the integration of our mental health programs into our broader medical care system, ranging from our extensive outpatient programs serving Georgetown medical populations, to our research programs that study how to improve mental health for low-income medical patients.
Our clinical services include outpatient, inpatient, partial hospitalization and consultation programs that serve a wide age range of patients. Our most active programs, all of which integrate training of our residents and medical students, include Child and Adolescent Services, Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Psychopharmacology, Psychosomatic Medicine, Women’s Mental Health, and Neuropsychiatry. Even in this challenging health care delivery environment, we treat patients across a wide income spectrum, including those with Medicare and Medicaid, to facilitate collaborations with our medical colleagues and to serve as many individuals as possible, regardless of ability to pay. The department’s clinical programs have been extremely successful, resulting in over 50% growth in the past five years. We have recently expanded to include the psychiatry department of MedStar Washington Hospital Center, under the leadership of Drs. Steve Peterson and Karen Johnson. MWHC clinical programs offer extensive services including inpatient, consultation, outpatient and community psychiatry.
Our teaching programs, under the direction of Mayada Akil, MD, Vice Chair for Education, provide outstanding training in our general psychiatry residency program. Dr. Akil is our Residency Training Director and Dr. Ted Liao, a graduate of our residency program, is our Associate Residency Training Director. We also offer fellowships in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (Colin Stewart, MD, Program Director) and Psychosomatic Medicine for which I am the Program Director. We provide extensive psychiatric education for Georgetown University medical students throughout all four years of their medical education, under the direction of Drs. Mayada Akil, Colin Stewart, Stacey Kaltman and Ted Liao. Residents and students also rotate through our valued affiliates, including the Washington Veterans Administration Medical Center, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Adventist Behavioral Health, and others. Our teaching faculty includes not only our 50 core faculty at Georgetown, but over 150 voluntary faculty who provide invaluable educational contributions.
Our Research Division, under the direction of Mary Ann Dutton, PhD, Vice Chair for Research, has long-standing expertise in posttraumatic stress disorder, mental health service delivery for the underserved, and community-based participatory research. Our Georgetown Center for Trauma and the Community includes projects focusing on areas such as mindfulness training for trauma, prevention of dating violence among rural African Americans, training of primary care providers, and trauma among Latina immigrants. In addition, we have active research in the genetics and biology of serious mental illness, based at the Washington VAMC. Most recently, we have launched a Huntington's Disease Center in partnership with the Department of Neurology, directed by Karen Anderson, MD.
Our Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry has extensive clinical, research, and child mental health advocacy activities both in the medical center and throughout the Washington, DC community. We enjoy dynamic collaborative relationships with Mary’s Center, KIPP-DC Public Charter Schools, and Monument Academy Public Charter School. We collaborate with the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development on a range of research and advocacy projects, focusing on increasing access to mental health prevention and treatment services for underserved children and families. We partner with colleagues from Children’s National Health System on several projects, including DC MAP (DC Mental Health Access in Pediatrics), a phone consultation system to support primary care pediatricians’ capacities to address mental health challenges in their patients, and the Early Childhood Innovation Network, a collaborative project addressing risk factors for mental illness in young children and their families. We are very active in school-based mental health projects and have created the Georgetown Center for Innovation in School-Based Mental Health to support and disseminate our models of clinical work in schools.
Finally, our department is dedicated to serving and improving care for underserved individuals in our community. In our department and affiliates, we treat substantial numbers of low-income patients who are living with mental and physical disabilities. Our clinical and training partnerships with the VAMC, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Mary’s Center, and other settings provide academic-community partnerships in the hopes of improving the lives of such individuals. Evidence-based service models are developed, evaluated, and implemented by our faculty: for example, the innovative collaborative care system that serves the uninsured with mental health problems in primary care clinics in Montgomery County, MD.
I am proud of all of our outstanding faculty, trainees, and staff who enable us to achieve our mission and grow for the future.
Steve Epstein, MD
Steven A. Epstein, MD, Chair
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