Elias K. Shaya, MD, serves as the MedStar North Regional Medical Director and Senior Associate Executive Director for Behavioral Health Services at MedStar Health, the largest healthcare system in the Baltimore-Washington region. He is also a Past President and Council Chair of the Maryland Psychiatric Society. In addition to his administrative and leadership responsibilities, he maintains an active clinical practice, specializing in geriatric psychiatry, dementia, and mood disorders. He holds part-time faculty appointments in Radiology and Medicine at The Johns Hopkins University and in Health Sciences at the George Washington University.
Dr. Shaya, one of the first clinicians in the country to receive dual training in psychiatry and nuclear medicine, has experience using functional brain imaging technologies to study neuropsychiatric disorders. His other research and interests include geriatric and neuropsychiatry, mood disorders, as well as electronic health records and innovations in care delivery, clinical documentation, CPT coding, and payment models. His work has been published in journals such as Neuropsychopharmacology, The American Journal of Psychiatry, and The Journal of Neurochemistry, and he is a contributing author of the book The Everything Health Guide to Schizophrenia: The latest information on treatment, medication, and coping strategies.