James K Rustad, MD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
University of Florida, B.S. 2002
University of Vermont College of Medicine, M.D. 2007
Mental Health Care for Veterans
Mood and anxiety disorders
Substance use disorders
Memory care consultation
Understanding and Undermining the Opioid Crisis: A Patient-Centered Approach
Caring for Veterans
History of Psychiatry
Treatment Resistant Depression
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."
Self-inflicted Limb Amputation: A Case of Nonparaphilic, Nonpsychotic Xenomelia.
"Moon River": Intact Musical Appreciation and Performance in a Man With Semantic Variant Primary Progressive Aphasia.
Catatonia: An Approach to Diagnosis and Treatment.
Comprehensive Guide for the Safe Administration of rTMS While Providing for Patient Comfort.
Depressive Symptoms Before, During, and After Delirium: A Literature Review.
Case Report: Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) Treatment of Depression in a Patient with Myasthenia Gravis.
Risk factors for alcohol relapse following orthotopic liver transplantation: a systematic review.
The recognition and treatment of rabies: a case report and discussion.
Diagnosis and treatment of depression in patients with congestive heart failure: a review of the literature.
Decision-making in diabetes mellitus type 1.