Rahn K. Bailey, MD, DFAPA
National Alumni Council Member Chair Emeritus
Dr. Bailey is currently appointed as chairman of the department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center since January 2015.
Dr. Bailey was appointed chairman and professor of psychiatry at Meharry Medical College, Tennessee from 2008 – 2014. He also was Executive Director of the Lloyd C. Elam Mental Health Center, the largest mental health center in Tennessee. He has had over $3M in annual grant funding. He also served as an adjunct professor in psychiatry at Vanderbilt University’s School of Medicine. Before joining Meharry, he was medical director and Chief Executive Officer of Bailey Psychiatric Associates for nine years.
A native of Texas, Dr. Bailey received his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and completed his residency in psychiatry at the University of Texas at Houston, Texas Medical Center Affiliated Hospital, where he was chief resident. He completed a fellowship in forensic psychiatry in Yale University’s Department of Psychiatry in New Haven, Connecticut. He has over 50 reviewed articles, 45 Academic Grand Rounds and 4 book chapters published.
Dr. Bailey is board certified in general and forensic psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is a diplomat of the American Board of Forensic Medicine. He got the AAPL Chairmanship in 2005, was the Director of Forensic Fellowship at Louisiana State University and University of Texas-Houston. He has been active across interdisciplinary lines including being the Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and a member of the American College of Psychiatry. He is currently chairman of membership for the APA and has been successful in that role. He has served as president and a member of the board of trustees of the National Medical Association (NMA), which represents 40,000 African American physicians in the United States, and as president of the Tennessee State Psychiatric Association.
A nationally known clinician specializing in inpatient care, medical education, research and forensic evaluations, Dr. Bailey has extensive experience creating and overseeing community-based programs, as well as focusing on care for the traditionally underserved and patients with complex medical/psychiatric co-morbid diagnoses and conditions.
Dr. Bailey has over forty publications, including a book, “A Doctor’s Prescription for Healthcare Reform,” discussing health care disparities. He has been principal investigator on a number of research grants including the Adult Continuum Care Grant, SISTER (Supported Intensive System of Treatment Empowerment and Recover) program, Rainbow Unit Grant, Adolescent and Family Treatment Program, Adolescent Day Treatment Grant, and the Substance Abuse Initiative Grant, among others.