Department of Psychiatry
The Department of Psychiatry dates to 1887 when the first Professor of Mental Disease, Dr. Morris J. Stack, was appointed in the School of Medicine. The formation of a separate Department of Psychiatry occurred in 1939 and the training of psychiatry residents began in 1947. Steven A. Epstein, MD, a member of the department since 1990, and former director of the Consultation-Liaison service, was appointed chair in 2001. The department consists of approximately 50 core faculty and 150 voluntary faculty who actively participate in the clinical, educational, and research components of the department.
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (MGUH) , currently a 609-licensed bed hospital, was established in 1898. It is the national capital area's oldest and most recognized academic teaching hospital. In the past century, the hospital has grown to include community physician practices, the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and scores of clinical departments and divisions. Through its 100-year relationship with Georgetown University, the hospital collaborates in training students (from both the School of Medicine and the School of Nursing & Health Studies) and with the university's research enterprise. In July 2000, Georgetown University Hospital became part of the MedStar Health family. With primary and specialty care providers at multiple sites in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia, MGUH’s clinical services represent one of the largest, most geographically diverse and fully integrated healthcare delivery networks in the area.
Georgetown University Medical Center
Georgetown University Medical Center is situated on the campus of Georgetown University, and includes the Schools of Medicine and Nursing and Health Studies. The Georgetown University School of Medicine, founded in 1851, is one of the oldest medical schools in the country. The mission of the Georgetown University Medical Center is the advancement of health through research in the clinical and biomedical sciences, the education of future leaders in medical and nursing practice and academia, and the provision of compassionate and scientifically competent patient care and service to the Washington community and the nation. The Department of Psychiatry has long played a critical role in the education of medical students across all four years of the curriculum.
Georgetown University, founded in 1789, is located on the banks of the Potomac in the nation's capital. Georgetown has a fine reputation for excellence in higher education. The University includes the College of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School, the Schools of Medicine, Law, Nursing and Health Studies, Foreign Service and Business Administration. Today there are some 12,000 students at the university, on a 104-acre campus that includes 60 buildings, a recreational complex and athletic fields.
The National Institute of Mental Health
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the lead Federal agency for research on mental illnesses, with a mission to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure. NIMH is the largest research organization in the world specializing in mental illness. The institute was first authorized by the U.S. Government in 1946, when then President Harry Truman signed into law the National Mental Health Act. NIMH is a $1.5 billion enterprise, supporting research on mental health through grants to investigators at institutions and organizations throughout the United States and through its own internal (intramural) research effort.
The National Institutes of Health Clinical Center
The NIH Clinical Center is a 200-bed hospital with inpatient, outpatient, and day-hospital facilities, serving 18 different NIH Institutes/Centers at the Bethesda, Maryland campus. At the NIH Clinical Center, clinical research participants – more than 500,000 since the hospital opened in 1953 – are active partners in medical discovery, a partnership that has resulted in a long list of medical milestones. Patients come from all 50 states and from around the world. Currently, there are about 1,600 clinical research studies in progress at the NIH Clinical Center. About half are studies of the natural history of disease, especially rare diseases, which often are not studied anywhere else. Most other studies are clinical trials, predominantly Phase I and Phase II clinical trials.
About MedStar Washington Hospital Center
MedStar Washington Hospital Center (MWHC) is a not-for-profit, 926-bed teaching and research hospital. It is the largest private hospital in the nation’s capital and among the 50 largest hospitals in the nation. It is located in the Northwest section of the District of Columbia and shares a 47-acre campus with three medical facilities. In addition to fellows and residents from Georgetown’s Department of Psychiatry, MWHC also serves as a training site for residents from the Georgetown’s departments of neurology, internal medicine, and medicine-pediatrics programs, in addition to serving as a clinical teaching site for the Georgetown University School of Medicine.