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Geetha Jayaram, MD

Physician Advisor

Associate Professor

Departmental Affiliation(s):

School of Medicine (Primary)
Health Policy and Management (Joint)

Center & Institute Affiliation(s):

Contact Information

Meyer 4-181, Johns Hopkins Hospital
Baltimore , Maryland


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Interest in health services research, severe mental illness, patient safety and quality of care. Interested in teaching these concepts. Also working on preventing injury to patients and staff, avoiding medical errors. Interested in humanitarian work in poorer countries with foundation grants.

Honors and Awards


State Honors for ranking 3rd and 8th in the state in English, and Social Sciences, National College, Bangalore, India 1965-1968.

First prize in English for undergraduate college, Prizes in Poetry, Art, Elocution in college. 1965-1968

Awarded Gold Medal in Dermatology at the All India Conference of Dermatologists for ranking first in an All India competitive exam 1968–1974

Awarded Annual Family Practice Teaching Certificate by the American Academy of Family Physicians to those who have given at least 75 hours per year in teaching on a voluntary basis in a setting of family practice education 1982 Awarded the Gold Award at the Hospital and Community Psychiatry Institute at Philadelphia for a program in community psychiatry. 1989 APA Fellowship (Distinguished Fellow) 1990

District Governor’s award for humanitarian service in Rotary 1997-1999

Rotary 4 way test Award 1997-1998

Association of Physicians from India Award 2001

Indo-American Psychiatric Association National Service Award for Leadership 2002

  • rural mental health
  • community psychiatry
  • severe mental illness
  • humanitarian project
  • suicide prevention

  • PUBLICATIONS Srinivasan K, Isaacs A., Thomas T, Jayaram G., Outcomes of Common Mental Disorders in Southern Rural India. Indian Journal of Social Psychiatry. Indian Journal of Social Psychiatry 2006; 22: 110-115.

  • Isaacs AN, Srinivasan K, Neerakkal I, Jayaram G. Initiating a community mental health programme in rural Karnataka. Indian Journal of Community Medicine. (In Press). Jayaram G, Rao P. Safety of Trazadone as a Sleep Agent for Inpatients. Psychosomatics. 2005; (46): 367-369. Grasso BC, Rothschild JM, Jordan CW, Jayaram G. What is the Measure of a safe hospital? Medication errors missed by Management, Clinical Staff and Surveyors. Journal of Psychiatric Practice. 2005; (11): 1-7. Jayaram G, Casimir A. Major Depression and the use of Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) in Lung Transplant recipients. Psychosomatics. 2005; (46): 244-249. Jayaram G. Patient Safety Forum: Developing a Strategic Plan. Psychiatric Services. 2004; (55): 259-263 Lee H, Jayaram G, Teitlebaum M. Electroconvulsive Therapy for Depression in a Cardiac Transplant Patient. Psychosomatics. 2001; (42): 362-364. Schretlen D, Jayaram G, Maki P, et al .Demographic, Clinical and Neurocognitive correlates of Everyday Functional Impairment in Severe Mental Illness. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 2000; (109): 134-138. Pearlson G, Schretlen D, Jayaram G, et al. Brain MRI Changes in Schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research. 1999; (36): 206-206. Jones BV, Jayaram G, Ingraham G, Samuels J, et al. Relating Competency Status to Functional Status at Discharge in the Chronically Mentally Ill. Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and Law. 1998; 26: 49-55. Jayaram G, Samuels J, Schretlen D, Gurny P. The Cognitive Limited Severely Mentally Ill: Concerns for Managed Care. Managed Care Quarterly 1997; (5): 28-34. Margolis RR, Harrison SA, Robinson HJ, Jayaram G. Occupational Therapy Task Observation Scale [OTTOS]: A new method for rating the functional capacity of psychiatric patients. American Journal of Occupational Therapy. 1996; (May): 380-385. Jayaram G, Tien A, Sullivan P, et al. Elements of a successful short stay service. Journal of Psychiatric Services (formerly Hospital and Community Psychiatry). 1996; (47): 407-412. Lehmann SW, Rabins PV. Jayaram G, Beyer V. Mental Health Needs of the Elderly Vary by Setting. The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry 1993; (1): 1. Jayaram G, Janofsky JS, Fischer PJ. The Emergency Petition Process in Maryland. Bulletin of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. 1990; (18): 373-378. Strauss M, Reynolds K, Jayaram G, Tune L. Effects of Anticholinergic Medication on Memory in Schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research. 1990; (3): 127-129. Pearlson G, Wong K, Kubos K, Mobert P, Jayaram G, Heyler G, Goldfinger A, Tune L. Ventricle-Brain Ratio, Computed Tomographic Destiny and Brain Area in 50 schizophrenics. Arch Gen Psychiatry, 1989; (46): 690-7. Rabins P, Pearlson G, Jayaram G, Steele C, Tune L. Increased ventricle-to-brain ratio in late-onset schizophrenia. American Journal of Psychiatry. 1987; (144): 1216-1218. Jayaram G. International Journal of Neuroscience. 1987; (32): 685-685. Jayaram G, Coyle J, Tune L. Relapse in chronic schizophrenics treated with Fluphenazine Deaconate is associated with low serum neuroleptic levels. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. 1986; (47): 247-248. Tune LE, Folstein MF, Rabins RB, Jayaram G, McHugh PR. Familial manic-depressive illness and Parkinson’s disease. A Case Report. Johns Hopkins Medical Journal.1982; (151): 65-70.