The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt

Sheppard & Enoch Pratt Hospital
6501 N. Charles Street
Units B1, 2 and 3
Baltimore, Maryland 21204
Phone: 410-938-5252
Fax: 410-938-5250
Director: Harry Brandt, M.D.
Associate Director: Steven Crawford, M.D.

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The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt offers a comprehensive continuum of treatment services for the patient with complex eating disorders. The continuum includes inpatient, day hospital and intensive outpatient services, as well as ongoing outpatient treatment provided by The Center for Eating Disorders, P.A. The program is designed to respond to both the psychiatric and medical aspects of eating disorders, with a comprehensive array of mental health and consultative medical resources.

Eating Disorders include a range of conditions that involve an obsession with food, weight and appearance, to the degree that a person's health, relationships and daily activities are adversely affected. The primary diagnostic conditions associated with Eating Disorders are:

•   Anorexia Nevrosa
•   Bulimia Nervosa
•   Binge Eating Disorders

The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt is a specialized program for adults, adolescents and children that provides comprehensive treatment by experienced, highly trained professionals. Located in spacious surroundings on a beautifully landscaped suburban campus, the center is specifically designed to provide a comfortable, caring, secure and safe environment in which patients begin the difficult work toward recovery.

A team of Board certified psychiatrists coordinate a multi-disciplinary team of professionals, including nurses, licensed clinical social workers, registered dieticians, expressive arts therapists and psychologists. Medical problems are closely monitored by a carefully selected panel of consulting subspecialists.

The program's personalized treatment approach has evolved from extensive experience as well as research on the biological, psychological and social factors involved in these complex illnesses. The program operates under the clinical leadership of Harry A. Brandt, M.D., Medical Director and Associate Medical Director Dr. Steven F, Crawford, nationally recognized authorities on the treatment of eating disorders.

Hospital based program components include:

•   22 inpatient beds in a specially designed and elegantly appointed setting;
•   12 hour a day, seven day a week Day Hospital program;
•   Four hour, late day Intensive Outpatient Program; and
•   Ongoing support groups

Each person entering the program receives a complete assessment by a psychiatrist. Additional information is gathered from a nutritional evaluation by a registered dietitian. During this evaluation process, information about the course and development of symptoms, underlying issues and related complications is reviewed. Findings from the assessment are presented and a personalized treatment plan is developed. When the eating disorder is life threatening or has serious medical complications, referral to the inpatient, day hospital or intensive outpatient program is recommended.

During the treatment phase, there is a focus on each patient's physical condition and emotional needs. Drawing on the personalized treatment plan, a systematic, therapeutic approach utilizes one or several of the following modalities:

•   Therapy – individual, family, group and expressive arts
•   Nutritional Counseling
•   Psychoeducation
•   Medications, as appropriate

Throughout treatment, patients gradually develop new, more effective coping skills while remaining in a supportive and safe environment. Following inpatient or day hospitalization, outpatient treatment is utilized to consolidate treatment progress. Therapy is often gradually tapered to allow for testing of newly acquired abilities with careful, ongoing monitoring of eating disorder symptoms. Additionally, free weekly support groups are led by members of the professional staff.

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E-mail the outreach coordinator: Kate Clemmer

Click here to visit The Center for Eating Disorders interactive website.

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6501 North Charles Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21204


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. At the sign, turn left into the Sheppard Pratt campus. Continue on Gatehouse Drive and make a right at the stop sign to Sheppard Drive. Parking is available in the Visitor Parking Lot G. You may enter through the Central entrance and contact the unit at 410-938-5242.

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