Angela Sarah Guarda, M.D.

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  • The Stephen and Jean Robinson Professor of Eating Disorders
  • Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish


Adult Psychiatry, Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia, Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS), Eating Disorders, Psychiatry, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Weight Disorders more

Research Interests

Eating Disorders

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Dr. Guarda is the Stephen and Jean Robinson Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and has been the Director of the Eating Disorders Program at Johns Hopkins Hospital since 1997. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University, obtained her medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and completed a residency in Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins including an externship in eating disorders at the Maudsley Hospital in London. She is an active clinician, educator and researcher. Her clinical research interests include improving treatment outcomes and rates of meal-based weight restoration for anorexia nervosa and ARFID. She has received grant funding from both the NIH and the Klarman Family Foundation and is actively involved in neuroimaging research examining neural mechanisms of appetite dysregulation that may contribute to the driven nature of eating disorders.

Dr Guarda is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, an inducted member of the Miller Coulson Academy of Clinical Excellence and has been named every year since 2009 in Castle Connolly’s “America’s Top Doctors” for eating disorders. more


  • The Stephen and Jean Robinson Professor of Eating Disorders
  • Director, Johns Hopkins Eating Disorders Program
  • Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Departments / Divisions



  • MD; Medicine; University of Maryland School of Medicine (1991)


  • Psychiatry; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (1995)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Psychiatry And Neurology (Psychiatry) (1996)

Research & Publications

Clinical Trial Keywords

anorexia nervosa

Selected Publications

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Guarda AS, Cooper M, Pletch A, Laddaran L, Redgrave G, Schreyer C. Acceptability and tolerability of a meal-based, rapid refeeding, behavioral weight restoration protocol for anorexia nervosa. Int J Eat Disord. 2020;Oct 7. doi: 10.1002/eat.23386. PMID: 33026118

Makhzoumi SH, Schreyer CC, Hansen JL, Laddaran LA, Redgrave GW, Guarda AS. Hospital course of underweight youth with ARFID treated with a meal-based behavioral protocol in an inpatient-partial hospitalization program for eating disorders. Int J Eat Disord. 2019 Apr;52(4):428-434. doi: 10.1002/eat.23049. Epub 2019 Feb 19. PMID: 30779365

Attia E, Blackwood KL, Guarda AS, Marcus MD, Rothman DJ. Marketing Residential Treatment Programs for Eating Disorders: A Call for Transparency.  Psychiatr Serv. 2016 Mar 14:appips201500338. Volume 67 Issue 6, June 01, 2016, pp. 664-666. PMID: 26974513

Redgrave GW, Coughlin JW, Schreyer CC, Martin LM, Leonpacher AK, Seide M, Verdi AM, Pletch A, Guarda AS. Refeeding and weight restoration outcomes in anorexia nervosa: Challenging current guidelines.  Int J Eat Disord. 2015 Jan 27. doi: 10.1002/eat.22390. PMID: 25625572

Guarda AS, Marinilli Pinto A, Couglin J, Hussain S, Haug NA, Heinberg LJ. Perceived coercion and change in perceived need for admission in hospitalized eating disorder patients.  Am J Psychiatry, 2007:164(1):108–114. PMID: 17202551

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Meyer 101
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 410-955-3863

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Activities & Honors


  • Top Doctors: Eating Disorders, Baltimore Magazine, 2018
  • Inducted member – Miller Coulson Academy of Clinical Excellence, Johns Hopkins Medicine, 2018
  • Named annually in Castle Connolly’s “Top Doctors” since 2009, 2009 - 2022
  • Named annually in Castle Connolly Medical LTD “Exceptional Women in Medicine" since 2017, Castle Connolly Medical LTD., 2017 - 2022
  • Named annually "Top Doctor, Eating Disorders" in Baltimore Magazine since 2018


  • Fellow Academy of Eating Disorders
  • Distinguished Life Fellow, American Psychiatric Association
  • Eating Disorders Research Society 
  • Maryland Psychiatric Society

Videos & Media

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    How We Treat Eating Disorders at Johns Hopkins Medicine

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    Thinking About Eating Disorders | Johns Hopkins Experts Answer Key Questions

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

I didn’t believe I had an eating disorder. But the threat of forced feeding saved my life, Stat (1/18/2017)

Centers to Treat Eating Disorders Are Growing, and Raising Concerns, New York Times (3/14/2016)

What to Look For in an Eating Disorder Treatment Center, New York Times (3/14/2016)

A Daughter’s Anorexia And Her Mother’s Fight To Save Her, The Diane Rehm Show (5/20/2015)

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