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James K Rustad, MD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry


University of Florida, B.S. 2002
University of Vermont College of Medicine, M.D. 2007

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Professional Interests:

Mental Health Care for Veterans
Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry
Mood and anxiety disorders
Substance use disorders
Memory care consultation
Brain Stimulation

Courses Taught:

Understanding and Undermining the Opioid Crisis: A Patient-Centered Approach
Caring for Veterans
History of Psychiatry
Treatment Resistant Depression
Mood Disorders


James K. Rustad, M.D. received his B.S. from the University of Florida and his M.D. degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine. Following a residency in Adult Psychiatry at Jackson Memorial Hospital (in affiliation with the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami), he completed his Fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine while serving as a Graduate Assistant and Clinical Fellow in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Rustad joined the Dartmouth faculty as a psychiatrist on the Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences Service at the White River Junction VA Medical Center in 2016. He is a Psychiatrist at the Burlington Lakeside Community Based Outpatient Clinic, and also works on the Consultation-Liaison Service at the White River Junction VA Medical Center. He serves as a clinical supervisor and psychodynamic psychotherapy supervisor for psychiatric residents in the Dartmouth-Hitchcock program. He also serves as a clinical supervisor for medical students from Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. He presented at two departmental Grand Rounds along with fellow faculty and residents on Catatonia (in 2016 and 2018).

Dr. Rustad's research interest is Brain Stimulation in the treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and he is principal investigator on an IRB-approved project at the White River Junction VA with his research mentor Dr. Paul Holtzheimer.

Dr. Rustad was selected to participate in the American Psychiatric Association 2019 Research Colloquium as a Junior Investigator with potential to develop a research career in psychiatry. He will present a lecture and poster in Track 2: Treatment from Psychopharmacology and Psychotherapy to Neural Strategies for the Colloquium at the 2019 APA Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California.

Dr. Rustad is the White River Junction VA Medical Center Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences Educational Committee Chairman, and in this role he plans academic events such as VA Grand Rounds and Journal Club to enhance the educational experience of the Dartmouth Psychiatry residents training at the VA. He frequently serves as a faculty discussant for resident presentations.

Dr. Rustad, Dr. Dev Thakur, Dr. Rob Scott, and psychiatric residents Dr. Will Schleyer, Dr. Sam Landsman, and Dr. Patrick Ho, were pleased to represent the Dartmouth Department of Psychiatry at the American Psychiatric Association (APA) 2018 Annual Meeting in New York, NY. They presented two workshops at the APA Meeting: "Catatonia: An approach to diagnosis and treatment" and "Neurocognitive and Decision-Making Impairments in Patients with Comorbid Diabetes Mellitus and Depression." Dr. Rustad will also present three workshops at APA 2019 in San Francisco, CA with Dartmouth faculty and residents: "Catch me if you can: Catatonia in general medical settings," "Caring for Veterans," and "Dementia or Primary Psychiatric Disorder? Early diagnosis and treatment of neurocognitive disorders in the psychiatric setting."

Selected Publications:


Self-inflicted Limb Amputation: A Case of Nonparaphilic, Nonpsychotic Xenomelia.
Kohrman SI, Rustad JK, Suhail-Sindhu T, Fortney TA, Ramkumar DB, Warhold LG, Thakur D, Finn CT, Stern TA
Psychosomatics. 2019 Mar 22; pii: S0033-3182(19)30059-3. doi: 10.1016/j.psym.2019.03.004. Epub 2019 Mar 22.
PMID: 31053421

"Moon River": Intact Musical Appreciation and Performance in a Man With Semantic Variant Primary Progressive Aphasia.
Ho PA, Stern TA, Rustad JK
Psychosomatics. 2019 Jan - Feb;60(1):70-74. doi: 10.1016/j.psym.2018.03.013. Epub 2018 Apr 3.
PMID: 29779573

Catatonia: An Approach to Diagnosis and Treatment.
Rustad JK, Landsman HS, Ivkovic A, Finn CT, Stern TA
Prim Care Companion CNS Disord. 2018 Jan 4;20(1) pii: 17f02202. doi: 10.4088/PCC.17f02202. Epub 2018 Jan 4.
PMID: 29325233

Comprehensive Guide for the Safe Administration of rTMS While Providing for Patient Comfort.
Van Trees K, Rustad JK, Weisman M, Phillips S, Hashimie J, Kozel FA
Issues Ment Health Nurs. 2017 Feb;38(2):182-187. doi: 10.1080/01612840.2016.1239794. Epub 2016 Dec 8.
PMID: 27929703

Depressive Symptoms Before, During, and After Delirium: A Literature Review.
Nelson S, Rustad JK, Catalano G, Stern TA, Kozel FA
Psychosomatics. 2016 Mar-Apr;57(2):131-41. doi: 10.1016/j.psym.2015.11.003. Epub 2015 Nov 10.
PMID: 26805588

Case Report: Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) Treatment of Depression in a Patient with Myasthenia Gravis.
Rustad JK, Weisman M, Van Trees K, Hashimie J, Nirmalani-Gandhy A, Chichkova RI, Kozel FA
Brain Stimul. 2016 Jan-Feb;9(1):141-3. doi: 10.1016/j.brs.2015.09.010. Epub 2015 Oct 23.
PMID: 26603964

Risk factors for alcohol relapse following orthotopic liver transplantation: a systematic review.
Rustad JK, Stern TA, Prabhakar M, Musselman D
Psychosomatics. 2015 Jan-Feb;56(1):21-35. doi: 10.1016/j.psym.2014.09.006. Epub 2014 Sep 16.
PMID: 25619671

The recognition and treatment of rabies: a case report and discussion.
Rustad JK, Cho T, Chemali Z, Rost N, Stern TA
Psychosomatics. 2015 Mar-Apr;56(2):196-201. doi: 10.1016/j.psym.2014.09.007. Epub 2015 Jan 13.
PMID: 25591495

Diagnosis and treatment of depression in patients with congestive heart failure: a review of the literature.
Rustad JK, Stern TA, Hebert KA, Musselman DL
Prim Care Companion CNS Disord. 2013;15(4) pii: PCC.13r01511. doi: 10.4088/PCC.13r01511. Epub 2013 Aug 15.
PMID: 24392265

Decision-making in diabetes mellitus type 1.
Rustad JK, Musselman DL, Skyler JS, Matheson D, Delamater A, Kenyon NS, Caceda R, Nemeroff CB
J Neuropsychiatry Clin Neurosci. 2013 Winter;25(1):40-50. doi: 10.1176/appi.neuropsych.12010016.
PMID: 23487192

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