Curriculum Vitae 

High School:


Coral Gables Senior High, Miami, FL, 1975

    First in Class

    Silver Night Award, General Scholarship, City of Miami



Undergraduate Education:


Yale University,: 1979

  BS, Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry

     Departmental Honors

  Summa Cum Laude

  Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society

  First in Class



Medical Education:


Duke University , 1983

  Joseph Markee Anatomy Prize

  Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society

  Thomas Jefferson Award (First in Class)





Medical Internship–Johns Hopkins, Department of Internal Medicine, 1983-4

Psychiatric Residency–Johns Hopkins, 1984-7





Fellow in Medical Ethics, 

Hastings Center for Society, Ethics and the Life Sciences , 1981



Prior Professional Positions:


Psychiatrist, Cann Health Resources, Belair and Towson, MD 1987-8

Inpatient Psychiatrist at Shepard Pratt Hospital, Unit for Treatment Resistant Schizophrenia and 

    Other Psychosis, Towson, MD 1988-2005

Private Practice of Psychiatry, Towson, MD 1988-Present

Chair of Ethics Committee and Consultation Service--Sheppard Pratt Health Systems, Baltimore, MD 1988-2016

Ethicist-in-Residence, Sheppard Pratt, 2016-2019



Academic Appointments:



Assistant Professor of Psychiatry–University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD

Senior Supervisor, Residency Training in Psychiatry–Sheppard Pratt, Baltimore, MD

Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry–Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry--Tulane, New Orleans, LA



Hospital Appointments:


Sheppard Pratt Hospital, Towson MD


Board Certifications:


American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 1990



Medical License:


Maryland, since 1984



Memberships, Offices, Advisory Boards and Committee Appointments:



Member, Ethics Committee, American College of Psychiatrists


Appointed member of the Ethics Committee of the American Psychiatric Association

  Washington, DC  2012-2018.


Board Member, Maryland Foundation for Psychiatry


Medical Advisory Board, Schizophrenia and Related Disoders Alliance of America 


Medical Advisory Board, Personality Disorders Awareness Network


Medical Advisory Board, This Is My Brave


Distinguished Fellow, American Psychiatric Association


Fellow of the Southern Psychiatric Association and its representative to the Assembly of the American Psychiatric Association from 2015-2020


Advisory Board, Scattergood Program for Applied Ethics in Health Care 2005-2010

Member, Public Policy Committee, NAMI Maryland 2014-2015


Peer Review Committee, Maryland Psychiatric Society

    2000-2011    (empowered by the Maryland Board 

      of Physicians to review disciplinary cases of 

      Maryland psychiatrists who may be facing 

      censure, disciplinary action, and license suspensions)



Chair, Suicide Task Force, Maryland Transportation Authority

    (Task force studying how to prevent and respond to suicide

       jumpings from the Maryland Bay Bridge)




Honors and Awards:


Eagle Scout

Coral Gables Sr. High School

    1st in class

    National Honor Society

Yale University: 1st in class

    Phi Beta Kappa

    Summa Cum Laude

    Departmental Honors in major (Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry)

Duke Medical School:

    1st in class (Thomas Jefferson Award)

    Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society


    Elected to The American College of Psychiatrists, for (An organization of 750 psychiatrists around the world 

        “who demonstrate outstanding competence in the field of psychiatry and achieved national recognition”)

    Elected as a DISTINGUISHED Fellow in the American Psychiatric Association (APA)

           ("for distinguished service to the profession of Psychiatry")

           and two time winner (2010,2011) Carol Davis Ethics Award from the APA

    Fellow of the Southern Psychiatric Association  

    2013 National Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)

    2013 Frances J. Lentz Mental Health Professional of the Year Award (Baltimore Metropolitan NAMI chapter)

    Diplomate (and Examiner) of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

    Voted by professional peers as "One of Maryland’s Top Mental Health Practitioners" 

          and profiled for this in Baltimore Magazine November, 2001

    Voted as one of Maryland’s “Top Doctors” by medical peers in Baltimore Magazine, twice

     Elected to the “Target Zero-to-Thrive Hall of Fame” of the  Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance  (DBSA)


Research Interests: 


Ethics in behavioral healthcare, both contemporary and historical

Public education about psychiatry and mental health utilizing mass media

Hollywood's portrayals of psychiatrists in movies  

Psychiatric Ethics, particularly as portrayed in movies   

Physician Assisted Suicide and Medical Euthanasia, especially psychiatric euthanasia



Other activities:

Host of national radio show about psychiatry "Komrad on Call" on American Radio Network 1992-1996. 

Regular guest on “Mid-Day on the Mind” with Dan Rodricks on WYPR, 881.FM, Baltimore NPR affiliate


Regular 1-min public service announcements about psychiatry,  psychiatrists and mental health treatment for  Maryland Foundation for Psychiatry on WBAL radio, Baltimore


Regular guest psychiatrist on “The Medical Hour”  with Dr. Jim Novick, WCBM radio, Baltimore.


Frequent media appearances on radio and T.V. locally and nationally.  


Numerous lectures around the U.S and internationally , to lay, consumer and professional audiences on:

    *Ethics in Psychiatric Treatment

    *Ethical Concerns Regarding Physician Assisted Suicide and Euthansia, Particularly for Psychiatric Patients

    *The Image of Psychiatrists in Hollywood Films

    *What Hollywood Films Teach About Ethics in Psychiatric Treatment

    *How to Convince a Troubled Person to Get Psychiatric Treatment

    *How Psychiatrists Think

    •Numerous open “Ask the Psychiatrist” forums throughout the country to lay audiences


Regular guest on "Sunday Rounds" on National Public Radio, discussing psychiatry, 1996 - 2005


Consultant to a number of Hollywood movies, including:

    “Silent Fall” (Dir. Bruce Beresford)

    “In Dreams” (Dir. Stephen Spielberg)

    “The Clergy” (Dir. James Grey)


Published Columns:

    “Practicing Ethically,” The Maryland Psychiatrist

    “Ask the Doctor,” Newsletter for National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), Maryland  

    “Ask the Doctor”, Towson Life Magazone



Selected Publications:





You Need Help: 

 A Step-by-Step Plan to Convince Your Loved One to Get Counseling (Hazelden Press: 2012) 


Komrad M., "Introduction" to Dyer, A. Humanities and the Profession of Medicine. Durham, NC:

National Humanities Center, 1983




“Practicing Ethically,” The Maryland Psychiatrist

“Ask the Doctor,” NAM (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Maryland Newsletter

“On your Mind,”  Towson Life Magazine




Komrad MS, Pies RW, Hanson AL, et al. Assessing competency for physician-assisted suicide is unethical. J Clin Psychiatry. 2018;79(6):18lr12566.


Hanson, A., Pies, C., Komrad M.  “Added Points of Concern About Dying Patients.” AMA Journal of Ethics.  October 2018.


Komrad, M.  “Euthanasia vs. Plagiarism:A Strange International Drama,” Psychiatric Times, 10/10/18,


Komrad, M. “An Open Letter to the Representatives of the World Psychiatric Association” Psychiatric Times, 10/3/18.


Komrad, M. “Medical Euthanasia in Canada:  Current Issues and Potential Expansion” Psychiatric Times, 6/29/18,


Komrad,M. “A Psychiatrist Visits Belgium:  The Epicenter of Psychiatric Euthanasia.”  Psychiatric Times, 6/21/18,


Komrad, M. “Moral Disengagement:  A Cautionary Lesson for Society and the Medical Profession.” Journal of Ethics in Mental Health. Volume 10: 2017, iii.


Komrad,M. APA Position on Medical Euthanasia.” Psychiatric Times, 2/25/17.


Komrad, M, “Committed: The Battle Over Involuntary Psychiatric Care,” Psychiatric Times , 1/23/17.


Komrad, M.  “Psychiatric Ethics and Cultural Sensitivity,” Psychiatric Times,  11/23/16.


Komrad, M, “The New CPT Codes:  Ethical Challenges in a Brave New Billing Era.” Psychiatric Times, 3/31/14.


Komrad, M. “Hope Springs: A New Spring in Depicting Therapists and Treatment by Hollywood?.” Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law.  2013 41(1):  152-153.


Komrad, M. “  A Dangerous Method: Ethics at the Dawn of Modern Psychiatry

Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law 2012 40: 299-301


Komrad, M.  “Your Patient Just Said She is Suicidal:  What do you do?,”  The Maryland Physician. August, 2012


Komrad, M. Weaver, D. “Involuntary Treatment for Cancer: An Ethical Case Discussion. The Wisconsin Psychiatrist, Spring 2010, 50(1): 7.


Komrad M.:  "A reflection on a landmark article:  20 years later:  'A Defense of Medical Paternalism" Ars Medica Revista de Humanidades,    November, 2002 


Komrad M.  "Patient Complaints of Satanic Cult Abuse.  Should we Believe them?", Psychiatric Times. April, 1992. Followup response to Letter to the Editor, "Assessing Satanic Cult Abuse", July 1992


Komrad M.  Crisis and Transformation.  Hearts and Minds, July 1991, 4.


Komrad M.  Dualism and Psychiatry.  Sheppard Pratt Review.   Spring, 1990, 3.


Komrad M.   First Person:   For psychiatrist, an outcome worse than a nightmare.  American Medical News;  3 November,  1989, 41.


Komrad M. Fedoroff, J.P. "Tricyclic-click:  A New Clinical Sign." Psychosomatics. Summer, 1990.


Komrad M. Denial of the AMA-endorsed disability insurance program owing to marriage counseling.  (Letter) Journal of the American Medical Association; 1989; 261: 1583.


Komrad M. Electroconvulsive Therapy. Part I. Maryland Medical Journal. 1988; 37:167.


Komrad M. Electroconvulsive Therapy. Part II. Maryland Medical Journal. 1988; 37; 270.


Komrad M. Emotions can take a physical toll. Senior Digest. May, 1988


Komrad M.  More on attachment behavior:  T'was the night before changeover.(Letter) Journal of the American Medical Association; 1986; 256: 3348.


Komrad M., Coffey E,, et. al.  Myocardial infarction and stroke. Neurology 1984; 34: 1403-1409.


Komrad M. A  defense of medical paternalism: Maximizing patients' autonomy. Journal of Medical Ethics  1983; 9: 33-44.

This publication became a "landmark article" in the field on the subject and has been reprinted in numerous textbooks and journals, and cited extensively in dissertations and the literature of medical ethics over the last 20 years.  


Komrad M., "Introduction" to Dyer, A. Humanities and the Profession of Medicine. Durham, NC: National Humanities Center, 1983.


Davis R., Komrad M., et. al.  Clinical efficacy and safety of chronic spinal stimulation used in multiple sclerosis and other demyelinating diseases.  Advances in the External Control of Human Extremities.  (Dubrovnick:   Proceedings of the 6th International Symposium on the External Control of Human Extremities, 1978), 556-568.


Saltz J., Komrad M., et. al. A computerized consultation system on Alzheimer's Disease. Proceedings of the American Association for Medical Systems Informatics.  Baltimore, 1983. 


Numerous Op-Ed pieces about psychiatry and psychiatric ethics in New York Times, Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, et. al.