Dr. Rahn K. Bailey will serve as Department Head for Psychiatry

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Rahn K. Bailey will serve as the next Department Head for Psychiatry. We expect him to begin in the spring. Dr. Bailey is currently a Professor of Psychiatry and Assistant Dean for Clinical Education at Charles Drew University School of Medicine in Los Angeles. He is also Chief Medical Officer for Kedren Community Health Systems in Los Angeles. In addition to his new role as Department Head at LSUHSC, Dr. Bailey will devote a small percentage of his effort to work with Dr. Robert Maupin as Assistant Dean for Community Engagement.

Dr. Bailey is a graduate of University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He completed his psychiatry residency at UT Houston, and he completed a fellowship in forensic psychiatry at Yale. He has also completed a visiting fellowship in transcranial magnetic stimulation at Duke. After finishing his forensics fellowship in 1995, he joined the faculty at LSU as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry. He also served on the faculty at UT Houston and Baylor before becoming Department Head for Psychiatry at Meharry Medical College in 2008. He was recruited to serve as the Department Head for Psychiatry at Wake Forest before moving to Los Angeles for his current positions as Assistant Dean and CMO. Dr. Bailey is board certified in Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry, and he is a nationally recognized expert on gun violence, intimate partner violence, health disparities in minority populations, and forensic psychiatry. He has authored or co-authored over 50 peer reviewed publications and he has written books about healthcare reform and firearms violence. He is excited about returning to LSU School of Medicine, where he began his faculty career. He follows Dr. Howard Osofsky as Department Head. Dr. Osofsky has held that position for more than 30 years, and he has built a large and successful department that serves the local community and the state. Dr. Osofsky will remain on the faculty to ensure a smooth transition in leadership, to continue writing, and to continue working on his grants and contracts.

We are delighted to recruit Dr. Bailey back to LSUHSC, and we are excited about the future of the Department of Psychiatry. We look forward to welcoming Dr. Bailey to our campus this spring.