Dr. Bezwada is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist whose areas of focus include depression, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and substance abuse. He has over ten years of experience treating patients. He has always excelled at treating the more challenging patients who may have dual diagnoses.
He comes from a long line of doctors in his family, and while always knowing he would likely pursue medicine, Psychiatry connected with him following medical school. He had been intrigued by brain disorders and knew that the brain was the most powerful organ in the body. He strongly believed that our thoughts influence our lives, and that this was an important and interesting component of our lives. An externship in Psychiatry strengthened his interest and soon after, he began his Psychiatry Residency.
Dr. Bezwada has a flexible, amenable style with patients. Forming an excellent therapeutic relationship with the patient is of utmost importance to him. He spends time with patients to listen to them and educate them on the potential treatment plans. He provides guidance to patients to achieve their goals.
Having treating patients with Electro Convulsive Therapy (ECT) for years and recognizing the promising recovery and remission rates with neuro stimulation, Dr. Bezwada is pleased to integrate Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) into his patient care. TMS may help patients who have not found relief from medications alone and has minimal to no side effects.
He joins TMS Health Solutions in the late summer of 2020.
Dr. Bezwada is thrilled to have recently made the move from the East Coast to the Sacramento Region, with the beautiful Folsom Lake area and the opportunity for so many outdoor activities. Outside of work, his priority is spending time with his family and friends, be it an outdoor outing or just playing a boardgame at home. He loves to travel too when time permits.
Dr. Bezwada received his Doctor of Medicine from the Russian Peoples’ Friendship University in Moscow, Russia.
He completed his Psychiatry Internship at the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, Richmond, Virginia, where he also completed his Psychiatry Residency. Leadership roles during his residency included becoming the Journal Club Moderator for Psychiatric Residents, being a judge for abstract presentations by medical students at the Medical Society of Virginia Poster Symposium, and being selected by VCU to attend the “Emory Symposium for Psychiatric Residents”. He was also the Senior Administrative Resident in his final year.
After noticing a lot of addiction issues in his patients during his residency, and finding this a challenging population to treat, he decided to further his training. He completed an Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship at the Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, NY.
He next became an Attending Physician of Inpatient Psychiatry at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, New York. He treated a variety of adults who required inpatient, ongoing help for mental and behavioral issues. He provided diagnoses and treatment plans, including medication management and therapy to address all aspects of their struggles.
During this time, he pursued his love of teaching and became Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn. He lectured on Psychopharmacology, and Addiction to Psychiatric Residents and medical students. Educating others continued to play a large role in Dr. Bezwada’s career path.
He was Psychiatric Unit Chief at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway, New York, at the time they were establishing their first classes of residents. Dr. Bezwada was the Attending Inpatient Psychiatrist at the Department of Psychiatry at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, which provides the community with comprehensive psychiatric and mental health care services to support a wide range of needs for adults, children and families in Queens and Nassau County. He became the Director of Performance Improvement as well.
Most recently, he was an Attending Psychiatrist at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center in Smithtown, NY. The largest in-patient psychiatric facility in Suffolk County, St. Catherine’s Department of Psychiatry provides holistic, patient-centered care and advocacy services for adults aged 18 and older with a primary diagnosis of mental illness such as schizophrenia, and bi-polar and depressive disorder conditions.
Poster Presentation at Psychiatric Society of Virginia Symposium, “Correlation between the use of Psychotropics and Obesity in male veterans with PTSD”, 2008
Clinical Research Assistant to Dr. Pandurangi, “TMS trial for the treatment of depression”, 2005 and 2007