• The General Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Neurology Clinic

    • The General Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Neurology Clinic at Sheppard Pratt provides comprehensive assessment and treatment to individuals experiencing difficulties related to a variety of neuropsychiatric disorders. While the majority of the difficulties we treat are related to moderate-to-severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) and neurodegenerative dementias in the adult and aging population, we also work with patients experiencing any neurological disease that is thought to cause cognitive, emotional, or behavioral problems.

      The General Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Neurology Clinic has a strong commitment to community-based care, and maintains strong relationships with many major residential rehabilitative programs specializing in TBI. The clinic also has relationships with local advocacy organizations such as the Brain Injury Association and the Governors' TBI Advisory Board. Through research partnerships with the Sheppard Pratt-Lieber Research Institute and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, the clinic offers access to innovative research and new treatments. 

      We Serve Individuals With:
      • A known or suspected history of moderate-to-severe traumatic brain injuries
      • Anoxic-ischemic brain injuries
      • Neurodegenerative conditions
      • Complex neuropsychiatric presentations of mixed etiologies

      Dr. Koliatsos provides neuropsychiatric consultations to patients referred to the program by psychiatrists, neurologists, and other practitioners from the broader region, and is actively involved in inpatient consultations at Sheppard Pratt Health System.

      The General Neuropsychiatry Clinic is the main training site of the Neuropsychiatry Program and has long been a popular rotation for psychiatry residents and medical students in the University of Maryland-Sheppard Pratt Residency Training Program.

      New Patient Criteria:

      Patients qualifying for admission to our clinic have a known or suspected history of:

      • TBI and experience problems with memory, language, orientation, attention, complex actions, organizing skills, and other cognitive functions; as well as mood liability and changes in personality, or behavioral acting out
      • Any neurodegenerative or major neurological disease and problems in any of the cognitive, emotional, and behavioral categories mentioned above
      Referrals/Appointment Process:

      All patients wishing to schedule an appointment must have a referral from a current treating physician, and must provide related medical records and brain imaging on disc or film, if available.

      Please note: We accept Medicare insurance and self-pay patients. We do not accept commercial insurance or worker’s compensation cases.

      Inquiries regarding scheduling and consultations can be directed to the administrative assistant at 410-938-4762.

  • The Memory Clinic

    • The Memory Clinic, part of the the Neuropsychiatry Program at Sheppard Pratt, provides a comprehensive assessment and treatment approach for patients who are experiencing difficulties related to memory loss. Our team of experts, led by Crystal Watkins, M.D., Ph.D., perform diagnostic evaluations, develop treatment plans, and then work closely with patients and their families to offer the support and information they need to manage their loved one's condition.

      We Serve Individuals Who:
      • Have started experiencing mild memory problems
      • Have memory loss and/or confusion related to medical conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes
      • Have dementia, including dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease, stroke/cerebrovascular disease, Parkinson’s disease, Lewy Body disease, and frontotemporal degeneration

      The Memory Clinic has a strong commitment to community-based care, offering specialized home-based services and liaison services with general medical practices in the nearby Greater Baltimore Medical Center. Through individualized care planning and state-of-the-art treatment, our team of specially-trained clinicians strive to have a positive impact on the cognitive, emotional, and social well-being of patients and their families.

      New Patient Criteria:

      Patients served by The Memory Clinic have a known or suspected history of:

      • Problems with memory, language, orientation, calculations, complex actions, organizing skills, or other cognitive functions
      • Related mood disturbances, sleep problems, or personality changes
      Referral/Appointment Process:

      Referrals are welcome from physicians, therapists, social workers, hospitals, long-term care facilities, legal representatives, insurers, employers, family members, and collateral caregivers.

      • Patients should be prepared to provide past evaluations, relevant medical records, labs, and imaging prior to or at time of the initial appointment
      • We accept self-pay patients, most commercial insurance, Medicare, and Medical Assistance

      Memory loss is emotionally wrenching for both patients and their families, and getting the proper diagnosis, treatment, and support is critical. To find out more about how our team at The Memory Clinic can help, call (410) 938-4981.

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  • The Concussion Clinic

    • The Concussion Clinic at Sheppard Pratt, led by Margo Lauterbach, M.D., offers a comprehensive approach to the evaluation and treatment of patients with mild brain injury-related neuropsychiatric symptoms. We work with individuals who have sustained a concussion, or multiple concussions, in the context of a sports injury, car accident, fall, or other similar event. Our mission is to evaluate, and treat individuals who have been impacted by concussions and their neuropsychiatric consequences, and to provide support to them and their families.

      What is a Concussion?

      A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that results from a bump, blow, or jolt to the head. Concussions can also result from any event that allows the brain to move quickly back and forth within the skull. Concussions can occur during contact sports, or as the result of a fall, motor vehicle accident, or other traumatic event.

      While some people recover quickly from a concussion and have no lasting ill effects, others experience behavioral, cognitive, and emotional difficulties. They may struggle with confusion or short-term memory problems, for example, or experience mood changes such as depression.

      What is the Role of Neuropsychiatry in Concussion Recovery?

      Oftentimes, the mental health symptoms experienced after a concussion complicate and prolong recovery. Because of this, a neuropsychiatrist is often consulted in the process of concussion treatment and recovery. Neuropsychiatry is a subspecialty of medicine that focuses on the relationship between the nervous system (neurology) and mental disorders (psychiatry). Neuropsychiatrists treat a wide variety of patients with disorders to the nervous system (brain injury or disease) who also experience psychiatric problems. When treating concussions, neuropsychiatrists take into account both medical and mental difficulties when designing a treatment plan, and play a critical role in helping concussed individuals return to their normal routine—at work, school, or home.

      Who We Serve:

      We serve adults 18 and older who have sustained a concussion in the context of a sports injury, car accident, fall, or other similar event. We focus on the neuropsychiatric problems that may follow such injuries, which can include mood and cognitive problems, changes in personality, sleep disturbances, and difficulties in relationships, school, or work.

      New Patient Criteria:

      We serve adults who have been diagnosed with a concussion (either recent or long-standing with symptoms) and who are experiencing symptoms such as mood disturbances, cognitive impairments, sleep issues, or personality changes.

      Referral/Appointment Process:

      All patients must be referred by a physician. In order for us to provide the most comprehensive assessment, we ask that you obtain all copies of any previous assessments, appropriate medical records, laboratory tests, neuroimaging, and neuropsychiatric testing prior to your first appointment.

      We accept self-pay patients, most commercial insurance, Medicare, and Medical Assistance.

      Inquiries regarding scheduling and consultations can be directed to the administrative assistant at 410-938-4762.

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  • The Developmental Neuropsychiatry Track

    • The Developmental Neuropsychiatry Track offers specialty psychiatric and neuropsychiatric care for adults 18 and older with a history of developmental or intellectual disabilities, as well as those with genetic disorders and resulting mood or behavioral complaints. This track, led by Robert Wisner-Carlson, M.D., offers evaluation services, and, when appropriate, ongoing neuropsychiatric care, including a clinic for young adults with autism spectrum disorder who are transitioning to adulthood.

      Who We Serve:
      • Adults with autism spectrum disorder
      • Adults with intellectual disabilities
      • Adults with genetic conditions with related behavioral and/or neuropsychiatric problems
      New Patient Criteria:

      Patients served by the Developmental Neuropsychiatry Track must be:

      • 18 years of age or older
      • One of the following:
        • An individual with an autism diagnosis who is transitioning to adulthood 
        • An adult with a genetic disorder diagnosis
        • An adult with a suspected diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder
      Referral/Appointment Process:

      We accept self-pay patients, most commercial insurance, Medicare, and Medical Assistance.

      Patients and their families should be prepared to provide past evaluations, relevant medical records, a current medication list (including prior medication trials), labs, and the names of treating physicians who will collaborate on the care of the patient.

      Inquiries regarding admission can be directed to 410-938-4981.