Mark S. Komrad M.D. 

Biography

 

Recipient of NATIONAL EXEMPLARY PSYCHIATRIST AWARD  from the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Dr. Komrad is a psychiatrist on the clinical and teaching staff of Sheppard Pratt Hospital and the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore,  Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland, and on the teaching faculty of Oceania University of Medicine in Samoa. For 25 years he has treated patients and advised people on how to convince an emotionally or behaviorally troubled loved-one to accept psychiatric evaluation and treatment.  He has worked in both outpatient and inpatient settings, and has had extensive experience with the process of involuntary treatment of patients in emergency rooms and hospitals.


Dr. Komrad was an attending psychiatrist  on the Treatment Resistant Psychotic Disorders Unit at Sheppard Pratt Hospital  for 15 years, where he continues to train residents in psychotherapy and psychopharmacology and runs the Ethics Consultation Service and Hospital Ethics Committee for the Sheppard Pratt Health System throughout Maryland.  He is also a member of the Ethics Committee of the American Psychiatric Association, which oversees matters of ethics and ethical guidelines for this national and international organization of psychiatrists. He writes a regular column, "Practicing Ethically," about ethics in psychiatry for The Maryland Psychiatrist for which he has won the Carol Davis Ethics Award (twice) from the American Psychiatric Association He also writes the "Ask the Doctor" column for the Maryland chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI).  He has a private practice in general psychiatry with a special interest in treating mood disorders, personality disorders and schizophrenia. His technique is to combine psychopharmacology and psychotherapy, a combination treatment that has become increasingly rare in the contemporary managed-care environment.  In particular, Dr. Komrad uses these techniques to help people with serious, major mental illness rehabilitate to a higher level of functioning.  He often consults to colleagues on difficult cases.  


He has lectured throughout the country on a variety of topics in psychiatry.  Dr. Komrad also appears widely on TV and radio  to discuss topics in psychiatry  and teaches psychiatry to residents and primary care physicians.  He has been the host of a nationally syndicated  weekly radio talkshow about psychiatry, and was the psychiatrist on a medical talkshow that broadcast to over 40 million listeners around the world.  In addition, Dr. Komrad has served as consultant in the development of a major Hollywood film and a dramatic TV serial, both about psychiatrists, consulted on books and screenplays and even played the part of a psychiatrist in a movie– all in an attempt to  create  more accurate portrayals of psychiatrists and the mentally ill on TV and in the movies.


Dr. Komrad was elected by his peers to the prestigious American College of Psychiatrists, an organization of 750 psychiatric leaders who have “demonstrated outstanding competence and achieved national recognition.”He was also designatied a "Distinguished Fellow" of the American Psychiatric Association-- a special distinction, "for exceptional  contributions to the community and the profession of psychiatry."  He was voted by professional peers  and profiled as one of “Maryland's Top Mental Health Practitioners" by the Baltimore Magazine.   and separately named as one of the “Top Doctors” by that publication.   He was also awarded the MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR  AWARD  in 2013 by the Baltimore chapter of NAMI. 


Dr. Komrad’s book was published on 8/28/12:

You Need Help:  A Step-by-Step Plan to Convince Your Loved One to Get Counseling (Hazelden Press)

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