About Michael Clark, MD
Michael Clark, MD, MPH, MBA, is the Chairman of Inova's Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Services and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He oversees all aspects of the service line including clinical programs, educational initiatives, research projects and departmental operations. He maintains faculty positions at Johns Hopkins University in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and Mental Hygiene. He is trained as a consultation-liaison psychiatrist with specialization in disorders of the special senses, such as chronic pain and vestibular and balance dysfunction. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry. He is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is a licensed physician in Maryland and Virginia. Before joining Inova in 2017, Dr. Clark was the Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins Medicine and Division Director for Psychiatry in the Community Division of the Johns Hopkins Health System.
He launched the integration of Hopkins community hospitals' psychiatry departments across the health system, establishing a clinical community for psychiatry and designing the service line's organizational structure and recruitment strategy. He also served as the Medical Director for Global Services of Johns Hopkins Medicine International. He led project initiatives around the world ranging from hospital management, program development, International Joint Commission accreditation, and knowledge transfer for optimizing disease management and public health outcomes.
Dr. Clark’s research focuses on the formulation and care of the psychiatric aspects of somatic symptoms such as chronic pain, including studies on health services delivery, pharmacological treatment of neuropathic pain, substance abuse and the phenomenology of depression in chronic illness. He served on the National Institutes of Health Division of Research Grants Risk Prevention and Health Behavior Study Section for more than 15 years. He has consulted as an expert for the U.S. Department of Defense in the design of the Gulf War Specialized Health Care Centers. He is an international lecturer and course director for CME programs on topics relating to patient-centered care, case formulation, rehabilitation for chronic illnesses, interdisciplinary program building and concepts of medical education.
Dr. Clark received his medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and his Masters of Public Health (MPH) degree from the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health in Seattle. He completed his internship and residency in psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions and his fellowship in consultation-liaison psychiatry at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Clark received his MBA from Johns Hopkins University School of Professional Studies in Business and Education.
Throughout his career, Dr. Clark's guiding principle has been, "Make yourself a better person and the world a better place."
Medical EducationWashington University School Of Medicine in St Louis 1986
Training Specialty: Psychiatry
7/1/1986 - 6/30/1990
Training Specialty: Consultation and Liaison Psychiatry
7/1/1990 - 6/30/1992