Dr. Sumit Anand comes with extensive experience in treating psychiatric disorders dating back to 1993, having both worked and trained in England as well as the United States.
Dr. Anand graduated from Guy’s and St, Thomas’ Hospital medical school (University of London) in the heart of London in 1992. He went on to do partial residency training in psychiatry at University of Cambridge in England, as well as non-training posts in forensic psychiatry there, before coming to do his psychiatry residency in the United States at University of Virginia Medical Center (UVa) in 1998.
After completing his residency and specialist forensic psychiatric training at UVa in 2003, Dr. Anand went on to become board certified in Psychiatry in 2005, and then in Forensic Psychiatry in 2009.
Dr. Anand has served as the medical director at two state psychiatric hospitals in the Washington metro area. He has also provided expert witness testimony to the DC Superior Court as well as Fairfax County Circuit Court. He is published on topics such as anger and diagnostic classification. He is also on the International Advisory Board of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry as well as on the editorial board of the World Journal of Psychiatry and Mental Health Research.
As a result of his training and life experiences, Dr. Anand both believes in and practices a holistic, biopsychosocial approach—which includes all facets of a person’s life. Consequently, he does not solely focus on medications as the only solution to an individual’s needs, but more as one key piece of a “puzzle.” In fact, he utilizes education and therapy in addition to medication management during his sessions. He believes in a “big picture” approach, while also relying on the full range of skills of fellow team members at IIAT in order to help devise an individual’s “roadmap” to recovery.
Dr. Anand’s own life experiences, training, and his longstanding interest in literature, philosophy and movies, have lead him to view individuals in the broad context of their life story not just their symptoms. He includes the emotional meaning of events and how crises can paradoxically be turned into opportunities for learning and personal growth.
Dr. Anand currently lives in Alexandria VA, together with his wife and twelve year old daughter.