The Neuropsychiatry Program at Sheppard Pratt
6501 North Charles Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21204
Vassilis E. Koliatsos, M.D.
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The revolution in the neurosciences the last two decades has had a major impact
on the diagnosis and treatment of many neurological conditions that were
previously poorly understood. In parallel, the progressive aging of the
population has added new problems for medicine in the domain of
neurodegenerative diseases. Additional epidemiological burdens have been
brought about by high-speed driving and motor vehicle accidents that cause
complex types of traumatic brain injury. The Neuropsychiatry Program at
Sheppard Pratt is designed as a state of the art response to the cognitive and
behavioral problems universally associated with these expanding and
increasingly understood conditions. The program assists psychiatrists,
neurologists and other physicians in clarifying the neuro-behavioral aspects of
illness and establishing a coordinated approach to care for a variety of
complex patient types. For care givers and families of brain-injured and
neurologically impaired patients, collaborative involvement in a treatment plan
that differentiates neurological from psychiatric or psychological mechanisms
and results in improved outcomes for both the patient and his or her support
Staffed by physicians trained in behavioral neurology and psychiatry, the
program provides comprehensive outpatient assessments of patients in a number
of diagnostic categories including:
Dementia and Movement Disorders -including
memory disorders such as Alzheimer's Disease; psychiatric complications of
Parkinson's Disease; movement disorders caused by psychotropic medications and
patients with neuropsychiatric morbidities arising from substance abuse or
Brain Injury, Stroke and Demyelinating Diseases such as
Autism and other Neurodevelopmental Conditions -including
childhood onset movement disorders such as Tourette's Disease and OCD-Sydenham
Paroxysmal Disorders -including epilepsy and other disorders
involving seizures or pseudoseizures
-including childhood onset movement disorders such as Tourette's Disease and
Patients referred for assessment receive:
Clinical assessment, including physical and neurological
examination and subsequently scheduled diagnostic studies such as EEG, CT
scans, MRI, SPECT, sleep lab, and blood analyses.
Neuropsychological testing, by psychologists specializing in
neurologically impaired patients
Psychosocial services, including comprehensive psychosocial
assessments of patients and families; interventions to help patients and
relatives understand and cope with their conditions; individual and family
counseling; and case management services, including utilization of in- home
support and other community resources, coordination with other providers, and
planning for long term needs
Consultation and referral to related medical specialties, such
as psychiatrists, neurologists, internists, endocrinologists, urologists, and
Written report to referrer and family with analysis of
professional findings and recommendations for ongoing care.
Psychopharmacological recommendation, including assessment of
current patient medication regimen and, as appropriate, prescription of
alternative pharmaceutical treatment, cognitive enhancers, including
anticholinesterases and hormones; novel anticouvulsanies and analgesics
Diagnostic follow-up and ongoing medication management,
consisting of subsequent visits at intermittent intervals to assess patient
progress against diagnostic findings and treatment plan and to monitor and
titrate psycho-pharmacological therapy.
Expert referral to appropriate therapy, based upon the
patient's individual behavioral symptomatology and capacity for management
and/or rehabilitation. For patients experiencing acute symptoms either at the
time of assessment or at later points in their treatment, referral to an
inpatient neuropsychiatric track of Sheppard Pratt Hospital may be recommended.
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6501 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, Maryland 21285
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Sheppard Pratt is inside the Baltimore Beltway (Interstate 695) off of Exit 25.
After you are on the ramp for Exit 25, follow the signs for Charles Street.
Proceed south on Charles Street approximately 2 & 1/2 miles. You will see a
sign designating a left turn into the Sheppard Pratt campus. Proceed on
Gatehouse Drive to the second stop sign, making a left onto Friends Lane. The
Neuropsychiatry Program is located on the first floor of the Gibson
Building just ahead.
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