Entrusting the life of a loved one, or your own life, to the care of a doctor can be fraught with fear, anxiety, and uncertainty. How do you know if you are making the right choice? What if you discover that the doctor is poorly trained, isn’t particularly knowledgeable, or doesn’t fully listen to and appreciate your concerns? 

Or perhaps your doctor is fine, but their administrative staff members are indifferent, or don’t follow up with you as promised.

Regrettably, many of us have wished in retrospect that we could have chosen a better doctor or practice.

 Why Choose Potomac Psychiatry? 

At Potomac Psychiatry, we know that making a big decision like this is never easy. And while nobody can make this decision for you, we hope we can make your choice a little easier. You see, in deciding between countless other psychiatric practices, numerous independent organizations have chosen to honor us as one of the best in the region—and in the nation.

By choosing Potomac Psychiatry, you can rest assured that our doctors have been vouched for, vetted, and praised from the local to the international level. Each of the prestigious organizations that have recognized us grants their awards based upon fully transparent methodologies outlined in the awards section below.  

What makes Potomac Psychiatry stand out? 

  • Fundamental to the heart and soul of our practice,  our doctor-patient relationships are characterized by a sacred, inviolable trust
  •  We have been trusted by the community for over 40 years
  •  Our doctors are experienced leaders within the field of psychiatry, and have held significant positions at other institutions prior to joining us
  • All of our psychiatrists possess “the heart of a therapist” and combine psychotherapy with medications.
  • Each patient is treated as a unique individual, and we evaluate and treat them as a Whole Person using cutting-edge techniques that help identify the root cause of their suffering, including innovative genetic testing, gut microbiome assessment, cellular health assays, food sensitivity analyses, comprehensive blood studies, and more
  • Our Founder is a nationally recognized leader in the field of psychiatry, author of a best-selling self-help book, and has written over 200 blogs covering emerging knowledge and insights
  • Always ready to learn more and stay on top of current research, our practice regularly hosts internal “Brain Science Breakthroughs” meetings where we learn the latest scientific breakthroughs in the evaluation and treatment of emotional illness from the leading scientists and clinicians in the field of psychiatry
  • Our clinical staff includes a highly accomplished functional nutritionist, to help build out nutritional treatment plans unique to each individual patient
  • We are committed to continuous innovation in the service of providing better care
  • We have embraced the use of genetic testing for the past nine years, have used it to benefit over 2000 of our patients, enabling us to bring deep knowledge and experience with the clinical applications of this testing
  • Our blog has been read by over 1,000,000 people in 206 countries, which validates the innovation and thought leadership that characterizes our practice
  • Our administrative staff pride themselves in providing responsive, caring answers to questions, and when they commit to get something done, they do it

To learn more about our awards, and the methods used to grant them, please read below.

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Potomach Psych - GH&P Award 2021 V2

Best Comprehensive Psychiatric Care Services - Northeast USA

Potomac Psychiatry is the winner of the Global Health & Pharma (GHP), Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Awards 2021, Best Comprehensive Psychiatric Care Services - Northeast USA. The Healthcare & Pharmaceutical Awards 2021 shine a spotlight on innovation within the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries by recognizing the forward thinkers who bring crucial new ideas and products to the forefront in one of the world’s most demanding and competitive sectors.


Top Doctor

Each spring, Washingtonian Magazine asks nearly 13,000 doctors in DC, Maryland, and Virginia to tell them which colleague they would recommend in a variety of specialties. To ensure the data’s accuracy, each physician was sent an online survey and obliged to log in with a current medical-license number registered in either the District, Maryland, or Virginia. Doctors could submit just one ballot each and could not vote for themselves. The top vote-getters in each of 39 categories were designated Top Doctors.

Castle Connolly Top Doctors

Castle Connolly Top Doctor

Each year, Castle Connolly surveys physicians and other healthcare leaders around the country and asks them to identify doctors that embody excellence in clinical care as well as interpersonal skills such as listening and communicating, demonstrating empathy and instilling trust and confidence in patients. Through their rigorous research and selection process, only 7% of physicians are awarded the Top Doctor recognition.


Bethesda Magazine Top Doctors 2021

Bethesda Magazine's Top Doctors are selected by Professional Research Services (PRS), which conducted an online peer-review survey of area physicians in Montgomery County and Upper Northwest D.C. (ZIP codes 20015 and 20016). Physicians are nominated by fellow physicians they deem the best in their field of practice, and many votes were cast honoring excellence in all fields of medicine. Featured doctors were screened and selected through the verification of licensing and review of any infractions through applicable boards, agencies, and rating services.

Bruce A. Kehr, M.D.

Guillermo Portillo, M.D.

John Carr, M.D.

Walker Lyerly, IV, M.D.


Bethesda Top Doctor

Bruce Alan Kehr, M.D. (only adult psychiatrist doctor named)

Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. provided Bethesda Magazine with the data for the Top Doctors listings. Castle Connolly is a healthcare research and information company founded in 1992 by a former medical college board chairman and president to help guide consumers to America’s top doctors and top hospitals. Castle Connolly’s established nomination survey, research, screening and selection process, under the direction of an MD, involves many hundreds of thousands of physicians as well as academic medical centers, specialty hospitals and regional and community hospitals all across the nation. Castle Connolly’s physician-led team of researchers follows a rigorous screening process to select top doctors on both the national and regional levels. Careful screening of doctors’ educational and professional experience is essential before final selection is made among those physicians most highly regarded by their peers.


PharmaVoice 100

“One of the top 100 most inspirational and influential people in the life sciences industry” Bruce Alan Kehr, M.D. PharmaVOICE launched the PharmaVOICE 100 as a means to celebrate the men and women throughout the life-sciences industry who provide inspiration to their peers, colleagues, and companies through their innovative and motivational approaches to addressing the industry’s myriad challenges.