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Dr. Marsden McGuire


Director, Continuum of Care and General Mental Health
Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention at the Department of Veterans Affairs Central Office
Dr. Marsden McGuire currently serves as Director, Continuum of Care and General Mental Health in the Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention at the Department of Veterans Affairs Central Office (VACO) in Washington, DC.  His portfolio includes oversight of the continuum of mental health care, including inpatient, residential, specialty and general outpatient services as well as cross-cutting services including evidence-based psychotherapies, substance use disorders, geriatric mental health, psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery services, women’s mental health, family services and military sexual trauma. During his 8 years at VACO, Dr. McGuire has led numerous interprofessional and collaborative initiatives within VA, with other federal agencies, and with private sector stakeholders aimed at promoting Veteran-centered care that is effective, safe, and measurable.  Previously, Dr. McGuire held leadership positions in psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Sheppard Pratt Health System, and the VA Maryland Health Care System.   

Dr. McGuire received a BA (History, the Arts and Letters) from Yale University, an MD from the University of North Carolina, and completed his internship, psychiatry residency and a geriatric psychiatry fellowship at Johns Hopkins (where he later completed an MBA in medical services management).  He holds academic positions at Johns Hopkins and the University of Maryland Schools of Medicine and is board certified in General and Geriatric Psychiatry.  He is a recent President of the Maryland Psychiatric Society, a Fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists, a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a 2018 recipient of the National Alliance on Mental Illness’ Exemplary Psychiatrist Award.