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July 30, 2009- Four Johns Hopkins psychiatrists have been named “Top Therapists” in this month’s Washingtonian magazine. The list includes geriatric psychiatrist Peter V. Rabins, M.D., M.P.H.; eating disorders psychiatrist Angela S. Guarda, M.D.; general psychiatrist Todd S. Cox, M.D.; and child and adolescent psychiatrist Elizabeth A. Kastelic, M.D.

Peter Rabins
Peter V. Rabins, M.D., M.P.H.

Rabins, a professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, co-directs Johns Hopkins’ Division of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neuropsychiatry. He was recently installed as the Richman Family Professor for Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders at Hopkins and is a co-author of The 36-Hour Day , since 1981 an internationally recognized guidebook for families caring for persons with dementia. Rabins received his medical degree in 1973 from Tulane University School of Medicine. He remained at Johns Hopkins after a psychiatry fellowship in 1977.

Angela Guarda
Angela S. Guarda, M.D.

Guarda, an associate professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, directs the Eating Disorders Program. Her expertise is in treating patients with anorexia nervosa and bulimia, and she researches predictors of outcome in these patients as well as using neuroimaging to better understand eating disorders. Guarda received her medical degree in 1991 from the University of Maryland, and she has been at Johns Hopkins since her psychiatry residency in 1992.

Cox, an assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, treats patients for a variety of psychiatric issues, including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and schizophrenia. He received his medical degree in 1995 from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and was appointed to the faculty after his residency at Johns Hopkins in 1999. Cox was also included in Washingtonian’s list of Top Doctors published in April 2008.

Todd Cox
Todd S. Cox, M.D.

Kastelic, an assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, directs the Young Adult and Adolescent Mood Disorders Inpatient Service and the Outpatient Consultation Clinic. She received her medical degree in 1993 from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, and completed an internship and residency at Johns Hopkins. She was appointed to Hopkins’ faculty after a fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She has a particular research interest in adolescents at risk of familial bipolar disorder.

Elizabeth A. Kastelic
Elizabeth A. Kastelic, M.D.

“Featuring such a list of top professionals in the region certainly helps to raise awareness of mental health issues. It also reminds people that our clinical expertise attracts patients from Washington and beyond,” says J. Raymond DePaulo Jr., M.D., professor and director of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. “This well-deserved recognition of our faculty reflects the value we place on our clinical mission in addition to our role in education and research.”

Washingtonian magazine developed its list of top therapists by asking 1,500 local psychiatrists, psychologists, clinical social workers, therapists and counselors to complete an online survey recommending specialists in a variety of clinical areas to whom they would send a family member for care.

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Media Contact: Christen Brownlee