Featured Faculty

Dr. Kenneth K Kendler, M.D.

Dr. Kenneth K. Kendler, M.D. is a Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Human and Molecular Geneticsas well as one of the founders of the Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics (VIPBG). In collaboration with Dr. Lindon J. Eaves, Dr. Kendler created VIPBG in 1996 as an effort to bring together expert psychiatrists, statisticians, and molecular geneticists under one roof, where he currently serves as Director.

Throughout his career, Dr. Kendler has published over 850 articles, making him one of the highest cited psychiatry researchers; he has received national and international awards for his work, and he serves as editor of the esteemed psychiatric journal Psychological Medicine. Dr. Kendler’s research focuses on the genetic and environmental influences on schizophrenia, depression, substance misuse and personality disorders from both a genetic epidemiologic and molecular perspective.

Dr. Kendler recently published with international partners in Nature, evidence that identifies specific genetic clues to the underlying cause of clinical depression for the first time in scientific history which was also highlighted in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. To read more about Dr. Kendler please visit

Dr. Cheryl Al-Mateen, MD, Associate Professor, VTCC Medical Director, and Unit Director, Child and Adolescent Acute Care

"I love working with the residents and helping them discover their inner child psychiatrist. Our program offers such a wide variety of experiences for the resident - Psychiatry is such a diverse specialty, and they have the opportunity to see so much: The VA, VTCC, specialty inpatient and outpatient programs, and a very busy consultation-liaison service in addition to substance abuse, forensic, state hospital and community mental heatlh." - Cheryl Al-Mateen, MD

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Dr. James Levenson, MD, Professor

"After our patients, education is our highest priority. We each love teaching. It’s what we’re here for, and it’s why I’ve stayed."

James L. Levenson, MD, VCU Professor of Psychiatry, Medicine and Surgery; past president of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, and author of seven books, including The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Psychosomatic Medicine, Clinical Manual of Psychopharmacology in the Medically Ill, and Psychiatry Essentials for Primary Care.






Dr. Ananda Pandurangi, MD, Professor, VCU 2015 Distinguished Service Award Winner

"It was with real joy that I attended the VCU Convocation 2015, where Dr. Ananda Pandurangi received the VCU Distinguished Service Award, said Dr. Silverman, Department of Psychiatry’s Chair. One such award is given to a VCU faculty member annually. Dr. Pandurangi’s recognition brings honor to him and to our department. Ananda has been tireless in his efforts, extraordinary in the quality of his work and truly remarkable in the love and generosity he brings to everyone he encounters. At the end of his acceptance remarks, he thanked his patients, saying “The one group of people to whom I am most grateful are my patients. I have learned so much from them. In the midst of their suffering, they show me perseverance; in their pain, they show me hope; in their distress, they show me love and caring; in their relief, they show me true gratitude. This is why I come to work every day and this is how I go home every day.”


Dr. Arandhana (Bela) Sood, M.D.

Arandhana (Bela) Sood, M.D. is a member of the National Society of Professors for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and a member of the National Psychiatry Residency Review Committee. Bela is a national expert in children’s mental health. She still sees patients daily and brings innovative research and educational expertise to our department. For more information about Dr. Sood and VTCC please visit

Dr. F. Gerard Moeller, M.D.

Dr. F. Gerard Moeller, M.D., was named director of the Virginia Commonwealth University’s Center for Clinical and Translational Research and associate vice president for clinical research at VCU in March 2015.  Dr. Moeller will serve as principal investigator on VCU’s existing National Institutes of Health Clinical and Translational Science Award as well as on the pending CTSA proposal currently under review by the NIH. Dr. Moeller came to VCU in 2013 after being named Professor and Division Chair of Addiction Psychiatry. He now holds appointments as professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology and the Department of Neurology in the School of Medicine. He also serves as director of the VCU Institute for Drug and Alcohol Studies. In 2014, Moeller became principal investigator on a five-year, $6 million National Institutes of Health grant for clinical research and education directed toward the identification, evaluation and development of safe and effective treatments for cocaine addiction.

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