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Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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Marsh Named Head of Mental Health at DeBakey VA

August 31, 2009

HOUSTON – Laura Marsh, M.D. was recently named to head the Mental Health Care Line at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC).

Marsh received her medical degree from the Ohio State University College of Medicine. After completing a medical internship at the Francis Scott Key Medical Center (now Bayview Medical Center) of The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, she completed her psychiatry residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Marsh went on to complete a neuroimaging/neuropsychiatry fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health and at Stanford University.

“Dr. Marsh’s extensive medical training allows her to understand the complex relationship between emotional illness and medical illnesses,” said Adam C. Walmus, M.H.A., M.A., F.A.C.H.E., MEDVAMC director. “She is the perfect candidate to ensure this medical facility continues to provide only the highest possible care to our Veterans, especially our nation’s newest Veterans — the men and women who have served in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq.”

As an associate professor of Psychiatry and Neurology at Johns Hopkins, Marsh focused on the study of psychiatric disorders in neurological illnesses and concentrated on improving their recognition and treatment. She has research and clinical expertise in neuropsychiatric disorders and brain imaging research and specific expertise in the psychiatric aspects of Parkinson's Disease and epilepsy. At Hopkins, she was director of the Clinical Research Program of the Morris K. Udall Parkinson’s Disease Research Center of Excellence.

Marsh holds certifications from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and has added qualifications in Geriatric Psychiatry. She is a member of the scientific advisory boards for the American Parkinson's Disease Foundation and the National Parkinson’s Foundation and is the author of numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, medical publications, abstracts, and manuscripts.

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