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Steve Daviss MD DFAPA

{tl;dr version}:
I’m a physician leader with over two decades experience in psychiatry, addiction, and primary care integration across all clinical settings (hospital, ER, LTC, ambulatory, private individual & group practice, clinical and basic science research) who is now ten years into focusing on
informatics, data science, health information technology, and healthcare policy, with relevant experience in many settings (state & federal regulatory policy, legislation, advocacy orgs, SDOs, tech start-ups, EHRs, HIEs, healthcare systems, etc).

My recent main gigs were:

  • university hospital department chair,

  • consultant,

  • healthcare tech start-up CMIO, then

  • federal agency senior medical advisor and medical director.

The SAMHSA gig ended recently and I am now exploring new opportunities.

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An ideal, patient-centered health record would be one that could be used by both patients and providers, combining features of EHRs and PHRs, while adding capabilities that neither have now. The potential would be for such a product to be the health record for the patient, the place where it all flows together.
— Steve Daviss (

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{detailed third person version}:
Steve Daviss is a physician double-boarded in Psychiatry and in Psychosomatic Medicine, which is the intersection of primary care and psychiatry. He is the past Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Baltimore Washington Medical Center (2004-2014) and past clinical assistant professor in the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where he also attended medical school. He trained at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. He completed an NIMH-funded clinical research fellowship at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center.

Dr Daviss is the President and Co-Founder of FUSE Health Strategies, LLC, a unique consulting group with expertise in behavioral health policy, regulation, and information technologies focusing on parity and patient-centered integration of mental health and addiction services within primary care settings, including Patient Centered Medical Homes (PCMH).

In September 2017, Dr Daviss was appointed to be the Senior Medical Advisor in the Office of the Chief Medical Officer at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) under CMO Anita Everett, where he served one year. He was later also appointed to Medical Director of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) under Directors Kathryn Power and, subsequently, Dr. Chideha Ohuoha. He was appointed to serve on a number of national efforts related to the opioid crisis, medication-assisted treatment, and health information technology, including the Pain Management Task Force, the Federal Health IT Coordinating Council, and the Behavioral Health Coordinating Council.

Previously, he was Chief Medical Information Officer for M3 Information, LLC, a DC-based mobile brain wellness research company that developed the peer-reviewed, multidimensional, patient-centered mental health symptom assessment tool, WhatsMyM3. His passion is fusing his clinical and administrative experience with health care policy, informatics, and health care reform efforts, with a personal mission to more widely expand the integration of patient-centered behavioral healthcare with physical healthcare to improve lives, enhance value, and improve healthcare quality and outcomes.

Dr Daviss is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is former chair of the APA Committee on Mental Health Information Technology, former APA Assembly Representative for Maryland, formerly elected to Recorder of the APA Assembly (2017), Past-President of the Maryland Psychiatric Society (2004-5), and has been active in the Legislative Committees for Medchi, MPS, and the Maryland-DC Society of Addiction Medicine (MDDCSAM), where he has often been called upon to analyze legislation, educate legislators, and testify before the Maryland General Assembly. His experience includes patient-centered health care policy, health informatics, and use of health IT and social media in healthcare. He has served as past co-chair of the CCHIT Behavioral Health Work Group (with Sharon Hicks), where we helped manage the development of certification standards for behavioral health electronic health records with a diverse group of clinical, informatics, and vendor stakeholders. He has served on URAC's Health Standards Committee (2004-16), where he helped develop mental health parity (MHPAEA) compliance standards for URAC's Health Plan accreditation in preparation for the Affordable Care Act's Health Benefit Exchange programs. He also served on the Maryland Health Care Commission's Health Information Exchange Policy Board, on the Maryland Department of Health's Behavioral Health Integration Work Groups, and on the Clinical Committee for the Chesapeake Regional Information System for our Patients (CRISP), Maryland's state-designated HIE.

Dr Daviss is member of the American Psychiatric Association, American Medical Informatics Association, American Association for Technology and Psychiatry, American Telemedicine Association, American Medical Association, Academy of Consultation-Liaison Medicine, American Society of Addiction Medicine, HL7, HIMSS, Maryland HIMSS, Maryland Psychiatric Society, Medchi, and the Southern Psychiatric Association. He has served on the Boards of several nonprofit organizations, including the Maryland-DC Society of Addiction Medicine, Maryland Foundation for PsychiatryAnne Arundel County Mental Health Agency Inc, and The Pro Bono Counseling Project. He is co-author of the book, Shrink Rap: Three Psychiatrists Explain Their Work, by Johns Hopkins University Press.

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