James C. Ballenger, MD

Title:  Forensic Psychiatrist
Company: Private Practice
Location: Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, United States 

James C. Ballenger, MD, Forensic Psychiatrist, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Health Care Professionals for dedication, achievements, and leadership in forensic psychiatry.

After leaving full-time academia, Dr. Ballenger has been a forensic psychiatrist and has his own private practice. From 1983 to 2000, he was the psychiatry department chair of the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. In the four years leading up to this role, he was the director of research and chief of inpatient service in the psychiatry department of the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville, VA. Before this, he spent three years as a clinical research psychiatrist at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD, from 1976 to 1979.

From 1974 to 1976, Dr. Ballenger was part of the faculty in psychiatry in the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda. Prior to holding this role, he spent three years as a resident and the chief resident in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA. He was an internal medicine intern at the Duke University Medical Center from 1970 to 1971.

Dr. Ballenger considers the highlight of his career to be the building and directing The Institute of Psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina. Subsequently, he also built and directed the Center of Drug and Alcohol Programs. However, he is most proud of his three sons.

Challenging fields in medicine always fascinated Dr. Ballenger. He finds the variables of patients and therapies to be interesting. He pursued a formal education at the University of North Carolina and earned a Bachelor of Science in 1966. Ultimately, he obtained a Doctor of Medicine from Duke University in 1970. Now, he is an author of 16 books and more than 350 articles in numerous professional journals and is one of the 700 “most cited” (quoted) scientists.

In recognition of all of his achievements, Dr. Ballenger was named Top Psychiatrist and Master in Psychiatry and was elected a member of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP), an international organization of less than 1,000 individuals who have made the most significant contributions to the field. Dr. Ballenger was asked to co-chair The DSWIV Committee to establish the diagnostic criteria for panic disorder recognized in an international survey of peers as an expert in the treatment of the anxiety disorder and voted as one of two psychiatrists (worldwide) for greatest contributions to the anxiety field. In recent years Dr. Ballenger has been sought nationally as one of the best forensic psychiatrists in both criminal and civil cases as an expert in psychiatry, psychopharmacology, anxiety, depression and brain injuries, He is also a Fellow of the ACNP and the American Psychiatric Association. He has previously been featured in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, and Who’s Who in Science and Engineering.

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