W. Scott West, MD

W. Scott West, MD

Certified TMS Psychiatrist since 2010
The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
American Psychiatric Association
Vanderbilt University, Hospital Department of Psychiatry
University of Tennessee, Memphis, Center for the Health Sciences
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
NAMI, Exemplary Psychiatrist Award
St. Thomas Hospital Humanitarian Award
Nashville Business Journal, Health Care Hero
MHA, Outstanding Mental Health Professional
Castle Connolly Top Doctor: 2021, 2022, 20223

St. Thomas Hospital

Chief Medical Officer

W. Scott West, MD has a philosophy of treatment that involves seeing each patient as a whole person including mind, body and spirit, and as an individual with unique life experiences and circumstances. Dr. West uses psychotherapy and/or medications as indicated to meet the needs of his patients as well as helping them find services to guide them toward a healthy lifestyle. This approach has led him to receive honors such as the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill Exemplary Psychiatrist Award in 1994, as well as the St. Thomas Hospital Humanitarian Award in 2009.

Dr. West has an outpatient practice where he treats adults dealing with mood disorders such as depression or anxiety, cognitive or attention problems, stress, relationship struggles and personality/interpersonal issues. He served as Medical Director of the Neurobehavioral Unit at St. Thomas Hospital for the past 25 years.

In April of 2010, Dr. West brought the technology of TMS Therapy to Nashville, becoming the first physician in Tennessee to offer the option of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Therapy for patients whose depression has not responded to a course of antidepressant medication.

Dr. West began practicing psychiatry in 1986 following his residency at Vanderbilt University Hospital, Department of Psychiatry. He earned his medical degree from The University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences in Memphis, and graduated magna cum laude from The University of Tennessee-Knoxville with a B.A. He is a Diplomate of The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in the specialty of Psychiatry and a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Additionally, Dr. West is recognized as a Castle Connolly Top Doctor for 2021, 2022, and 2023.

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