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Recognition: #1 in the Nation

A Message from the Director

Note: Johns Hopkins was recognized again as #1 in the country for psychiatry in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals 2021-2022. The message and video below were for the 2020-2021 recognition.

Johns Hopkins was recognized as #1 in the country for psychiatry in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals 2020-2021. I hope you will enjoy my video message reflecting upon this great honor.


Hello, and nice to be virtually with you. I am Dr. Jimmy Potash, and I am the Director of the Johns Hopkins Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. All of us in the department work very hard every day to improve the lives of our patients. Our devotion to patient care is the linchpin of all that we do.

It’s a great honor to be recognized in the U.S. News & World Report 2020 Best Hospitals ranking as #1 in the country in psychiatry.

In our many sub-specialties, like mood disorders, eating disorders, schizophrenia, dementia, substance use disorders, and chronic pain, hundreds of clinicians, researchers, and staff dedicate themselves every day to providing excellent clinical care and to conducting biomedical research as we seek to discover new mechanisms underlying mental illness and new approaches to treatment.

I’d like to acknowledge and thank our faculty and staff for their passion and perseverance – at all times and especially during these challenging times. I am extremely proud of our diverse and highly talented department.

Our three-part mission is to heal patients by making use of the best information available and coupling it with compassion, to generate new knowledge that will lead to better treatments, and to train the next generation in how best to carry these important efforts forward.

One in four of us will be impacted by mental illness at some point in our lives. The pandemic now is also forcing all of us to reckon with grief and uncertainty, though at the same time it is providing an opportunity for education about mental health issues. Together we can push back the frontiers of ignorance about mental illness and break down the stigma and the barriers to care, and we can build up a world in which better treatment allows more people to reach their fullest potential.

Thank you for your trust in us and your partnership with us, and be well.

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