Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine
A Message from Our Interim Chair
Dr. Allison Brashear, MD, MBA
The patient's best interests come first. This commitment takes
priority over everything else we do. Even though we are an academic
center with serious commitments to education and research, we never lose
sight of the fact that all our activities serve one person - the
Our mission is to improve the health and well being of the people of
this region by means of Patient Care, Education, and Research. It is the
full and thoughtful integration of these three elements that makes
academic medical centers different; it is the dedication to placing
patient care first that identifies the best of these centers.
Here you can become acquainted with our faculty, their particular interests and become acquainted with our current residents. You will also find descriptions of our clinical services, residency program, medical student clerkship and specialty programs.
Residency Training News
Welcome to our Newest Psychiatry Residency Program Residents!
- Dr. Letitia Bolds
- Dr. Poonam Deshmukh
- Dr. Preston Gentry
- Dr. Luciana Giambarberi
- Dr. James Wallace
The American Hospital Association
The website of the American Hospital Association has featured a story on the Geriatric Outreach Program, "Meeting the Mental Health Needs of the Elderly Home-Bound through a Geriatric Psychiatry Outreach Program - Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, NC." The article details the difficulties of many elderly patients getting to a health care setting to receive treatment due to frailty, disability, physical illness, or psychiatric illness. To meet the needs of these patients, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center established an outreach program for the frail elderly who need psychiatric services in their homes." AHA members can click here to read the case example to see how the Geriatric Outreach Program helps to meet the needs of the home-bound elderly.
Awards and Recognitions
The American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP)
The American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP) has created a new AAGP Deirdre Johnston Award for Excellence and Innovation in Geriatric Mental Health Outreach Services to encourage programs to provide and/or expand services for meeting the mental health needs of the frail elderly in their homes. The association will grant $10,000 to a program based on its excellence and/or innovation in providing mental health services to older adults in the community.
This annual award is made possible by a generous gift from Arnold H. Snider to the Geriatric Mental Health Foundation, which with the association oversees the award. This award is named in honor of geriatric psychiatrist Deirdre Johnston, MBChB, MRCPsych, in gratitude for the care she provided to Kate Mills Snider, Mr. Snider's mother. Mr. Snider and his wife, Katherine, have endowed the Kate Mills Snider Geropsychiatry Outreach Program and Professorship Fund within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. View press release.
Deirdre Johnston MB BCh BAO MRCPsych was formerly a member of the Wake Forest School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, now with Johns Hopkins University.