Steve Sharfstein, MD, MPA

Steven S. Sharfstein recently retired as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Sheppard Pratt Health System, where he has worked for 30 years.

He is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland. A practicing clinician for more than 45 years, he is best known for his research and writing on the economics of practice and public mental health policy. Over a period of 13 years, he held a variety of positions at the National Institute of Mental Health, including Director of Mental Health Service Programs. In 1979-1980, he worked in the White House with the First Lady, Rosalynn Carter on The Mental Health Systems Act of 1980.

He has written on a wide variety of clinical and economic topics and has published more than 160 professional papers, 40 book chapters, and ten books, including (as coauthor) Madness and Government: Who Cares for the Mentally Ill?, a history of the federal community mental health centers program. More recently, he was chief editor of Textbook of Hospital Psychiatry. A graduate of Dartmouth College and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, he trained in psychiatry at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center in Boston from 1969 to 1972. Dr. Sharfstein also received a Masters in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government in 1973 and a certificate from the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School in 1991. He was President of the American Psychiatric Association from 2005-2006.