Dr. Davis graduated with a Bachelors of Arts degree from Simon’s Rock of Bard College in Massachusetts when he was just 20 years old. He then came to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he earned his M.D. degree from Temple University in 1985. Dr. Davis then completed residency and fellowship training at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where he joined the faculty at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center, specializing in Schizophrenia Research. There he performed clinical research, and was involved in some of the original outpatient clinical trials using clozapine for treatment-resistant schizophrenia. He then moved from clinical trials to what he calls “clinical trenches.”
Always down to earth, for the next 27 years, he would work in Baltimore, Maryland as a community psychiatrist. For 6 years, he served as CEO and Chief Medical Officer of a 20 psychiatrist, single specialty behavioral health group, Urban Behavioral Associates, and Chief of Psychiatry at Bon Secours Hospital in West Baltimore. For the past 11 years, he worked in the community as a forensic ACT team psychiatrist for the non-profit, People Encouraging People, in West Baltimore.
Dr. Davis joined The Meadows in 2020. He serves as Medical Director and Chairman of the Credentialing Committee. He is a former assistant professor of research psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and serves as an advocate for the use of innovative approaches to treating addictions and chronic mental illness, including medication-assisted treatment with buprenorphine, and long-acting injectable medications for the treatment of schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorders. He treats both children and adults, and serves as a speaker for Alkermes, and Janssen Pharmaceuticals.
Dr. Davis likes to say “if we did not have our obvious differences, we would make something up.” He applies this thinking to treatment of families, where someone might not fit in. Dr. Davis notes “the good news is that no one ever fully fits in, so be your best, do your best, be who you are, be what you are and you have a shot at happiness.” Take that shot, make that shot, it’s as simple as that.
Dr. Begum graduated from Sylhet Medical College in Bangladesh in 1981, where she received her MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery). She worked in the Ministry of Health in Saudi Arabia for 12 years (6 years in OBGYN and 6 years in the ICU) managing serious medical conditions and complications in women’s health. Dr. Begum emigrated to the United States with her husband and 3 sons in 1995, after passing her USMLEs and receiving her ECFMG (Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates) certificate in 1996.
During her preparation for the USMLEs, Dr. Begum developed a keen interest in psychiatry where she learned that advances in medical therapy allowed for truly effective treatment of serious mental health conditions – something that was not imaginable by the health care system she saw in Bangladesh growing up. She volunteered as a physician in the Manhattan Psychiatric Center in New York between 1996-1997 where she further developed her interest and a growing expertise in managing mental health.
Dr. Begum began her formal training in psychiatry in 1997 in the Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts, where she completed a 3-year residency in General Psychiatry and went on to complete a 2-year fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Over the next 10 years, Dr. Begum practiced in some of the most underserved populations in rural Alabama, where she worked as a community psychiatrist. She managed patients in all age groups, placing an emphasis on engagement, recovery, and restoration of function, while leading diagnostics, pharmacotherapy, and psychotherapeutic management for a wide range of psychiatric conditions. Beyond her ambulatory clinics, Dr. Begum also practiced in a wide variety of health care facilities and services, including inpatient hospitals, Crisis Stabilization, Emergency Psychiatry, Partial Programs, Nursing and Group Homes, and Residential Treatment Facilities.
Dr. Begum joined Universal Health Services Behavioral Health in Pennsylvania in 2013 where she worked as an outpatient psychiatrist for one year. She then joined the Adolescent Unit in the Meadows Psychiatric Center in 2014, where she still practices today as a board-certified psychiatrist.
While practicing psychiatry in every age group has its rewards, Dr. Begum has always found managing children and adolescents to be uniquely meaningful. The emergence of mental illness and emotional disturbance in young patients represents an incredibly vulnerable period in their lives, where expert diagnosis and management can profoundly impact how patients will adapt with their mental illness for the rest of their lives. Indeed, Dr. Begum has always believed that understanding factors related to early development, home, education and social environments are key components that need to be integrated with expertise. Through years of clinical practice, Dr. Begum has prided herself in being able to manage these complex patients, knowing that understanding these factors can deeply impact management in care, and most importantly to guide recovery.