Rahn Bailey, M.D., a national leader whose community-based
programs focus on providing care for the traditionally underserved and those
with complex medical/psychiatric conditions, joined Wake Forest Baptist Medical
Center this week as Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine.
Bailey, who is
board-certified in general and forensic psychiatry, is widely known for his
work in inpatient care, medical education, research and forensic evaluations. In
his new position, he leads a team of full-time faculty, residents and support
staff that is tasked with enhancing and growing Wake Forest Baptist’s clinical,
educational and research programs in the department of psychiatry and behavioral
Most recently, Bailey
was chairman and professor of psychiatry at Meharry Medical College in
Nashville and executive director of the Lloyd C. Elam Mental Health Center.
During his time at Meharry, Bailey also served as an adjunct professor in
psychiatry at Vanderbilt University’s School of Medicine.
Bailey brings with him a
number of research grants and is
principal investigator on several studies including the Adult Continuum Care
Grant, SISTER (Supported Intensive System of Treatment Empowerment and Recover)
program, Rainbow Unit Grant, Adolescent and Family Treatment Program,
Adolescent Day Treatment Grant, Substance Abuse Initiative Grant and many
Bailey is a diplomat of
the American Board of Forensic Medicine, a Distinguished Fellow and membership
chairman of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), and a member of the
American College of Psychiatry.
He has served as
president and a member of the board of trustees of the National Medical
Association, which represents 40,000 African American physicians in the United
States, and as president of the Tennessee State Psychiatric Association.
Bailey received his
medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and
completed his residency in psychiatry at the University of Texas at Houston,
Texas Medical Center Affiliated Hospital, where he was chief resident. He
completed a fellowship in forensic psychiatry in Yale University’s department
of psychiatry in New Haven, Conn.
Bailey has held
assistant professorships at University of Texas Medical Center, Baylor College
of Medicine in Houston, Louisiana State University Medical Center and Tulane in
New Orleans, and a former associate professor at the University of Alabama
Birmingham Medical Center.
He has authored numerous
publications including a book, “A Doctor’s Prescription for Healthcare Reform.”
Allison Brashear, M.D.,
MBA, professor and chair of the department of neurology, had served as interim chair
of psychiatry during the national search for a new Chair.