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Welcome from Dr. Potash

James Potash, MD

Welcome to the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. For over 100 years, our department has been home to some of the brightest, most innovative medical minds in the world. Our department was established in 1909 with a generous financial gift from Henry Phipps, a Philadelphia steel magnate and major benefactor to Hopkins, in response to the horrifying conditions in American insane asylums at the time. Dr. Adolf Meyer, the Swiss-born pathologist and psychobiologist, became the new department’s director and built the Phipps Clinic, which opened in 1913. In 1930, the renowned Dr. Leo Kanner founded our Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, the first of its kind in the world. These two gifted clinicians and leaders are part of a longstanding Hopkins legacy that includes a faculty of nationally renowned clinicians, teachers, and researchers.

Our department has won many national and international accolades, including being voted the best clinical Department of Psychiatry in America by U.S. News and World Report’s 2020 survey. Our Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry is a particular source of pride and is quickly transforming itself into an international powerhouse in the areas of research and clinical care.

It is no overstatement to say that Johns Hopkins is at the forefront of our rapidly developing field. As new methods to study the brain advance, our psychiatrists continue to reshape and redefine the clinical and human face of mental health as we know it. Our programs represent medical expertise practiced within a comprehensive, systematic, and logical Meyerian approach to patient care. We at Hopkins aim to graduate physicians with the knowledge, skills, and compassion to recognize need in the world, and the initiative to bring about change.

In the early 20th century, Hopkins physicians transformed our field and forever changed our understanding of the mind. We are committed to continuing this rich history of service, innovation, and discovery and hope you will join us in furthering our cause.

James B. Potash, M.D., M.P.H.
Director, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Psychiatrist-in-Chief, The Johns Hopkins Hospital

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