Steven B. Israel, MD

Dr. Israel has worked as a psychiatrist in both inpatient and outpatient settings for 30 years, and has practiced in Rockville, Maryland since 1987.

He graduated magna cum laude from Brandeis University, and earned his medical degree at Hahnemann Medical College (now Drexel University College of Medicine). There, he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical honor society. Dr. Israel went on to complete his psychiatry training at Yale University.

For nearly a decade, Dr. Israel was on the medical staff of Chestnut Lodge Hospital in Rockville, which was well-known for its comprehensive treatment of patients with severe psychiatric illness. At Chestnut Lodge, he served as medical lead on both adult and adolescent treatment units.

In 1997, Dr. Israel entered private practice and became an attending psychiatrist at Adventist Behavioral Health (formerly Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health), also in Rockville. He was appointed Medical Director of Adventist Behavioral Health in 2006, a position he held until 2015.

Dr. Israel is board certified in psychiatry. He is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, has served as Treasurer and President of the Washington Psychiatric Society..

While his practice focuses on psychiatric evaluation and medication management, he approaches his work with a wide range of theoretical perspectives and a broad base of clinical experience, which enhances his ability to understand what his patients are going through and see them through their difficulties.

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To schedule an appointment, please call the office at (301) 468-2262 or (240) 386-1110 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Monday thru Friday. Voicemails left after 5:30 pm will be returned the next business day.

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For emergencies call (301) 468-2262 or (240) 386-1110 and choose option 1 for instructions on how to reach Dr. Israel or the covering physician.