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Geetha Jayaram, MD

  • Associate Professor

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600 N. Wolfe Street
Meyer 109
Baltimore, Maryland 21287


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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


2002                Award for Leadership,  Indo-American Psychiatric Association National Service

2004-2005       Rotary International Humanitarian Service Award (for a mental health project), India

2007-2008       (6) Rotary International District level Awards including Best President for Humanitarian Service

2008                Distinguished Service Award, American Association of Psychiatric Administrators, Washington, DC

2008                President’s Award, St. John’s Medical College Alumni Association (for community psychiatric service), Orlando, Florida

2010                Radha Pathak Award (for raising mental health awareness among South Asians), Counselors Helping Asian Indians, Columbia, MD

2011, 2012      The Rotary Foundation Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award, Zone 33 (out of 700 clubs)

2012                Rotary International, ‘Service- Above- Self’ Global Award

2013                ‘Top 18 Professors in Maryland’. Selected by the School of Nursing

2013                The Paul McHugh award for excellence in resident teaching

2014                Jeanne Spurlock, M.D. Social Justice Award, American Women’s Psychiatric Association

2014                Rotary International Global Alumnus Award for Global Community psychiatry (only one in the world) 20155

2014                Rotary Bangalore Midtown Award for Global Community Psychiatric Service

2015                Member American College of Psychiatrists

  • Who’s Who for Physician Executives, America’s Best Doctors, 2000-2014
  • Baltimore’s Best Docs in Baltimore Magazine, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013,2014
  • Super Doctors, Washington, DC-Baltimore-Northern Virginia, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
  • Best Doctors in America, 2011-2014
  • rural mental health community psychiatry severe mental illness humanitarian project suicide prevention

Antonio Lasalvia,  Tine Van Bortel,  Chiara Bonetto, Geetha Jayaram,  Jaap van Weeghel, Silvia Zoppei, Lee Knifton,  Neil Quinn, Kristian Wahlbeck,  Doriana Cristofalo,  Mariangela Lanfredi,  Norman Sartorius,  Graham Thornicroft, and the ASPEN/ INDIGO Study Group. Cross-national variations in reported discrimination among people treated for major depression worldwide: the ASPEN/INDIGO international study. British Journal of Psychiatry. (In Press). 2015.  

    1. Lasalvia AZoppei SVan Bortel TBonetto CCristofalo DWahlbeck KBacle SVVan Audenhove Cvan Weeghel JReneses BGermanavicius AEconomou M,Lanfredi MAndo SSartorius NLopez-Ibor JJ,Thornicroft GTreacy SBrohan ERose DAromaa E,Nordmyr JNyqvist FHerberts CLewis ORusso J,Karsay DMaglajlic RGoldie IKnifton LQuinn N,Scheerder GTambuyzer EHristakeva VRoelandt JL,Daumerie NCaria AZaske HGaebel WLouki E,Peppou LGeroulanou KHarangozo JSebes JCsukly GRossi GPedrini LMarkovskaja NValantinas V,Boumans JWillemsen EPlooy ADuarte TMonteiro FJ,Teodorescu RRadu IPana EHurova JLeczova D,Svab VKonecnik NPalomares NBayon CUcok A,Karaday GGlozier NCockayne NTófoli LFCosta MS,Milev RGarrah TTackaberry LStuart HMargetic BA,Grošic PFJakovljevic MWenigová BPavla ŠRadwan DNJohnson PGoud RNandesh, Jayaram GSuzuki Y,Akiyama TMatsunaga ABernick PBowa JOla B,Owoeye OOshodi YAbdulmalik JChee KYAli NKadri NBelghazi DAnwar YKhan NKausar RVidojevic IM,Sumathipala AChang CCMei CNacef FOuali U,Ouertani HJomli ROuertani AKaaniche KBello R,Ortega MMelone AMarques MAMarco FRíos A,Rodríguez ELaguado A. Global pattern of experienced and anticipated discrimination reported by people with major depressive disorder: a cross-sectional survey.. The Lancet (Lancet)Publisher: Elsevier

    The Lancet . 10/2012; DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736 (12)61379-8.

  • 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.

  • Pulia K., Gallegos J., Jayaram G., Reti I., ECT treatment outcomes following performance improvement changes. J Psychosoc Nurs Ment Health Serv. 2013 Jul 12:1-6.  

  • Performance Improvement: One Department of Psychiatry’s experience. Invited Commentary. J of Patient Safety. October 1, 2014.

    Jayaram G., Inpatient Suicide Prevention: Promoting a Culture and System of Safety Over 30 Years of Practice . J of Psychiatric Practice, September 2014.