Keynote Speaker

Meet Dr. Mark S. Komrad

Dr. Mark S. Komrad has a private practice in general psychiatry with a special interest in treating mood disorders, personality disorders and schizophrenia. His technique is to combine psychopharmacology and psychotherapy, a combination treatment that has become increasingly rare in the contemporary managed-care environment.  In particular, Dr. Komrad uses these techniques to help people with serious, major mental illness rehabilitate to a higher level of functioning.  Recently Dr. Komrad received the National Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

One aspect of his practice is advising people who have concerns about the mental health of a loved-one, friend, or colleague.  He helps families develop an understanding of what might be going on with that person, how to approach him or her about the problem, and try to get them to agree to have a professional evaluation which can lead to getting treatment.   He advises families in the techniques discussed in his book, You Need Help:  A Step-by-Step Plan to Convince a Loved One to Get Counseling.  

In addition to his private practice, Dr. Komrad is a psychiatrist on the clinical and teaching staff of Sheppard Pratt Hospital and the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore,  Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland, and on the teaching faculty of Oceania University of Medicine in Samoa.  He was an attending psychiatrist on the Treatment Resistant Psychotic Disorders Unit at Sheppard Pratt Hospital for 15 years, where he continues to train residents in psychotherapy and psychopharmacology and ran the Ethics Consultation Service and Hospital Ethics Committee for the Sheppard Pratt Health System throughout Maryland for many years, where is the “Ethicist-in-Residence.”  He is also a member of the Ethics Committee of the American Psychiatric Association, which oversees matters of ethics and ethical guidelines for this national and international organization of psychiatrists. He writes a regular column, “Practicing Ethically,” about ethics in psychiatry for The Maryland Psychiatrist for which he has won the Carol Davis Ethics Award (twice) from the American Psychiatric Association. He also writes the “Ask the Doctor” column for the Maryland chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI).

He has lectured throughout the country on a variety of topics in psychiatry.  Dr. Komrad also appears widely on TV and radio to discuss topics in psychiatry and teaches psychiatry to residents and primary care physicians.  He has been the host of a nationally syndicated weekly radio talk show about psychiatry, and was the psychiatrist on a medical talk show that broadcast to over 40 million listeners around the world.  He now appears regularly on National Public Radio (NPR).  In addition, Dr. Komrad has served as consultant in the development of a major Hollywood film and a dramatic TV serial, both about psychiatrists, consulted on books and screenplays and even played the part of a psychiatrist in a movie– all in an attempt to create more accurate portrayals of psychiatrists and the mentally ill on TV and in the movies.

Dr. Komrad was elected by his peers to the prestigious American College of Psychiatrists, an organization of 750 psychiatric leaders who have “demonstrated outstanding competence and achieved national recognition.”” He was also designated a “Distinguished Fellow” of the American Psychiatric Association— a special distinction, “for exceptional contributions to the community and the profession of psychiatry.”  He was voted by professional peers and profiled as one of “Maryland’s Top Mental Health Practitioners” by the Baltimore Magazine.   and separately named as one of the “Top Doctors” by that publication.   He was also awarded the Mental Health Professional of the Year Award  in 2013 by the Baltimore chapter of NAMI.  In 2014 he was recognized by the National Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) who elected him to their Target Zero-to-Thrive Hall of Fame.