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SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Department of Psychiatry

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Ramotse Saunders, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor


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Personal Statement

Personal Statement Still in my early career, my work spans clinical practice, research, and teaching. With clinical practice in psychosomatic medicine/consultation-liaison (CL) psychiatry at SUNY Downstate I treat a diverse, dynamic medical inpatient population.

Collaboratively involved with the Henri Begleiter Neurodynamics Lab since residency, I have continued to work with this research group as an attending, focused on signal analysis, event-related potentials, and event-related oscillations. I am also involved in clinical research projects at SUNY Downstate – one a collaboration between (CL) psychiatry and gynecological oncology, and the other an investigational drug trial. Educational assignments include my directing or co-directing a number of courses in the residency training didactic curriculum, as well as lecturing in the medical school.

With academic colleagues from SUNY Downstate's department of psychiatry, as well as other departments, such as neuroscience, I have been involved in several workshop presentations at national meetings. I am also a member of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP), a psychiatric think-tank. Additionally, I have held various positions at institutional, local and regional levels, and am currently serving as president of the Brooklyn Psychiatric Society.

Selected Positions
Employment and Positions
2006-Present Clinical Assistant Professor, Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, SUNY Downstate, NY
2008-Present SUNY Downstate Ethics Committee
2009-Present SUNY Downstate Institutional Review Board

Other Positions
2012 Brooklyn Psychiatric Society, President
2007-2009 American Association of Community Psychiatrists, Executive Board, ECP
2008-2011 Psychiatry News, Editorial Advisory Board

2004 Most Outstanding Resident, King's County Hospital, Brooklyn, NY
2004-2006 Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry Fellow
2005 Future Leaders in Psychiatry Conference, Miami FL, (Sponsored by Emory University)
Selected Peer-reviewed Publications

Rao NR, Kramer M, Saunders R, et al. An Annotated Bibliography of Professional Literature on International Medical Graduates. Academic Psychiatry. 2007;31(1):68-83

Book Chapter "A New Psychiatry for a New World: Post Colonialism, Post Modernism, and the Integration of Premodern Thought Into Psychiatry", in "Liberatory Psychiatry: Philosophy, Politics and Mental Health", Edited by C Cohen and S Timimi, Cambridge 2008

Kamarajan, C., Porjesz, B., Rangaswamy, M., Tang, Y., Chorlian, D.B., Padmanabhapillai, A., Saunders, R., Pandey, A.K., Roopesh, B.N., Manz, N., Stimus, A.T., and Begleiter, H. (2009). Brain signatures of monetary loss and gain: Outcome-related potentials in a single outcome gambling task. Behavioural Brain Research 197:62-76.

Kamarajan, C., Rangaswamy, M., Tang, Y., Chorlian, D.B., Pandey, A.K., Roopesh, B.N., Manz, N., Saunders, R., Stimus, A.T., and Porjesz, B. (2010). Dysfunctional reward processing in male alcoholics: An ERP study during a gambling task. Journal of Psychiatric Research 44:576-590

Hamoda H, Sacks D, Sciolla A, Dewan M, Fernandez A, Gogineni RR, Goldberg J, Kramer M, Saunders R, Sperber J, Rao RN. A Roadmap for Observership Programs in Psychiatry for International Medical Graduates. Academic Psychiatry. 2012; 36(4):300-6

Poster: Chakos M, Saunders R, Dargani N, Singh A, Huremovic D, Tropnas J, Sheitman B, Lieberman J. Estrogen Augmentation of Antipsychotic Treatment in Persistently Symptomatic Schizophrenic Women: A Double Blind Randomized Placebo Controlled Trial. (2005), 45th Annual Meeting of NIMH New Clinical Drug Evaluation Unit. Boca Raton, FL

Research Support


Research with the Henry Begleiter Neurodynamics Laboratory

Signal Analysis in a Multimodal (Auditory & Visual) Task

The goal of this study is to delineate the normal electrophysiological brain responses in the context of discrete and combined visual and auditory stimuli, and to subsequently analyze the performance of alcoholics.


Neurocrine Biosciences

A Phase 2, Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study To Assess The Efficacy And Safety Of NBI-98854 For The Treatment Of Tardive Dyskinesia In Subjects With Schizophrenia Or Schizoaffective Disorder.(Rater)