Dr. Shugarman utilizes a combination of medication and psychotherapy (including cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, trauma-focused, EMDR, exposure and response prevention, and supportive therapies) to effectively treat his patients.
He is board-certified in general and forensic psychiatry, a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and skilled in treating mental illness and a variety of psychiatric and mental health conditions in adults, including depression; bipolar disorder (manic depression); anxiety disorders (including panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and social anxiety disorder); obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD); post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); dissociative disorders; schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders; substance use disorders / addiction; attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD); and personality disorders.
In addition to maintaining his clinical practice, Dr. Shugarman is a board-certified, fellowship-trained forensic psychiatrist who is available for psychiatric consultation and psychiatric expert witness services for both civil and criminal matters in VA, MD, Washington D.C., and nationally. He is experienced in performing the following types of forensic evaluations: assessment of competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility, Bolton hearings, appropriateness for unconditional release, aid-in-sentencing assessments, prosecutorial and defense consultation, substance abuse evaluations, independent medical evaluations (see "Forensic Psychiatry Practice" page for specific IME's performed), fitness for duty assessments, need for guardianship, need for and appropriateness of civil commitment, testamentary capacity, medical malpractice cases, breach of confidentiality cases, professional licensure board complaint reviews regarding physicians and attorneys, United States security clearance denial or revocation assessments, stalking and violence risk assessment, records review, consultative services, expert witness rebuttal reports, and additional types of civil and criminal assessments. Dr. Shugarman obtained his doctorate in medicine from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD, and completed his training as a general and forensic psychiatrist and therapist at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine / Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh, PA.
Licensed as a physician in Washington, DC, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the state of Maryland, Dr. Shugarman is also a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and a member of the American Medical Association (AMA), American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL), and Washington Psychiatric Society (WPS).
In addition to his private practice, Dr. Shugarman is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University Hospital, a faculty member of Saint Elizabeths Hospital's/District of Columbia Department of Behavioral Health's Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Program, and a faculty member of The National Capital Consortium Military Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Program at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
Prior to embarking into full-time private practice, Dr. Shugarman was employed as a full-time forensic psychiatrist at Saint Elizabeths Hospital and the District of Columbia Department of Mental Health, where he treated patients, conducted court-ordered forensic psychiatric evaluations (e.g. competency to stand trial & criminal responsibility), taught, and supervised training psychiatrists and forensic psychiatry fellows.
Phone: (703) 596-1024
Fax: (703) 596-1573
Ryan S. Shugarman, M.D., PLLC
Clinical and Forensic Psychiatry