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Adult Mood Disorders Consultation Clinic

Director: Karen L. Swartz, M.D.
Clinic Coordinator: Yolanda Bynum Barnes

The Adult Consultation Clinic offers a one-time evaluation for patients suffering from depression or bipolar illness and under the care of a psychiatrist. We offer treatment recommendations to the patient's psychiatrist. We do not prescribe any medications for the patient.

The evaluation consists of a clinical interview lasting from one and one-half to three hours. One of our experienced consultation clinic psychiatrists will clarify your diagnosis and make recommendations regarding treatment. This information will be included in a report sent to your treating doctor.

Mood Disorders Adult Consultation Clinic
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Osler Building, Third Floor, Room 320
600 North Wolfe Street
Baltimore, MD 21287
Phone: 410-955-5212
Fax: 443-769-1217

Monday - Friday, 9:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.

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  • Scheduling an Appointment: Please call 410-955-5212 to speak with a member of our staff.
  • International Patients: Please contact the Johns Hopkins Medicine International: 410-955-8032
  • Assistance with Travel and Accommodations: Please contact Johns Hopkins USA: 410-735-4872

Consult Clinic Faculty

Scheduling the Consultation Session

Here are the two steps to secure a consultation:

Here are the forms and documents for Step 2: 

Items #1 and #3 are essential, the other items greatly improve the quality of the consultation. 
(Click here for a copy of the Adult Mood Disorder Consultation Clinic Letter and send it to your psychiatrist or hospital to clarify the type of records needed.)

In short—we need the following items:

  1. Essential: A note summarizing the clinical information and the reason for the consultation from the referring clinician
  2. A note summarizing the case from any other current doctors and therapists
  3. Essential: Clinic questionnaire (Word document)
  4. Psychiatric hospitalization records (Admission and Discharge Summaries only)
  5. Other pertinent medical records
  6. Radiology reports such as: Head CT, Head MRI, or EEG
  7. Most recent lab reports, if applicable.

Below are additional materials for your convenience if applicable for you: 

Please submit all documents as a PDF file. Here’s a tool that my benefit you and it’s free:


Appointments can be made without a referral from your psychiatrist, your internist, or your psychotherapist, but we will need information from your treatment team. Please read Scheduling the Consultation Session (above) for more information on the need for written correspondence.

Approximate waiting period for an appointment is, on average, 4-8 weeks.


You are responsible for contacting your insurance company in order to obtain any necessary authorization for this appointment. Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences contracts with different insurance companies, therefore you should personally verify your mental health benefits, in particular, a one-time outpatient psychiatric visit. For persons with types of insurance different from those with which we are contracted, we require payment in full at the time of visit. Click here for additional billing information.

Cancellation Policy

We require at least two working days notice for rescheduling. If adequate notice is not given, a fee will be charged. If you do not give any notice for a cancellation, a fee will be billed directly to you.

Follow-up Appointments

The Consultation Service does not offer ongoing treatment. However, If the patient desires a follow-up visit with the consult doctor, it can be scheduled six months to a year after the initial consultation. This consultation is one-and-a-half hours to two hours long. All current records must be received before scheduling the follow-up consultation.

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