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David R. McDuff, MD

Academic Title:

Clinical Professor

Primary Appointment:



110 South Paca Street, 4N-149

Phone (Primary):

(443) 416-6368

Phone (Secondary):

(410) 328-1815


(410) 461-0526

Education and Training


1974          B.S. Biology, Spring Hill College, Mobile, Alabama


1978          M.D.  University of South Alabama College of Medicine

                  Mobile, Alabama



Internship (medical)

1978-79   Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Fort Gordon, Georgia

 Residency (psychiatry)

1979-82   Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Fort Gordon, Georgia


Dr. David McDuff is a nationally known addiction, trauma, and sports psychiatrist and a retired Army Colonel. He holds faculty appointments at the University Of Maryland School Of Medicine in Baltimore (clinical professor) and the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda (adjunct associate professor). He is the founder of the University of Maryland’s Division of Alcohol & Drug Abuse and its Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship and Sports Psychiatry Programs and has three times been selected by Baltimore Magazine as it Top Doc in Addiction Psychiatry. He is an active clinician, teacher, speaker, and writer who has given more than 100 lectures at national and international conferences and published 60 journal articles, book chapters & reviews, manuals and monographs including his highly regarded book entitled “Sports Psychiatry: Strategies for Life Balance & Peak Performance (2102, American Psychiatric Press).  He is one of America’s leading Sports Psychiatrist serving as the team psychiatrist and mental skills trainer for the Baltimore Orioles (1996-present) and Ravens (1996-2013) and as the current performance medicine physician for the Indianapolis Colts (2015-present). Dr. McDuff has been married since 1978 to Marie Sanders McDuff and has four children and four grandchildren. For additional information on his work with athletes see his Sport’s website (

Research/Clinical Keywords

Addiction Psychiatry Trauma Psychiatry Sports Psychiatry Performance Medicine

Highlighted Publications

McDuff D, Cohen M, Blais L, Stevenson W, McWilliams E (2008)Trauma Recovery Services For Psychiatric Inpatients. Journal of Psychological Trauma 7(1):1-15.

McDuff D & Garvin M. (2016) Working with Sports Organizations & Teams. International Review of Psychiatry

McDuff DR, Morse E, White RK. Professional and Collegiate Team Assistance Programs: Services and Utilization in Clinics in Sports Medicine.  Edited by Toffler I & Morse E, Elsevier Inc 2005. Volume 24, Issue 4, 943-958.

McDuff DR, Baron D. Substance Use in Athletics: A Sports Psychiatry Perspective in Clinics in Sports Medicine.  Edited by Toffler I & Morse E, Elsevier Inc 2005. Vol24, Issue 

McDuff DR. Adjustment and Anxiety Disorders in Athletes in Sports Psychiatry, Edited by Currie A & Owen B, Oxford University Press, Oxford, United Kingdom, (2016)

McDuff DR:  Sports Psychiatry: Strategies for Life Balance & Peak Performance.  American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc. Washington DC, April 2012.



Clinical Specialty Details

Sports & Performance Psychiatrist for Sports Teams and performance medicine physician and mental skills trainer for adolescents and adults for athletic teams, athletes, actors, singers, and dancers

Awards and Affiliations


1978                Meyer Award in Neurosurgery, University of SouthAlabamaCollege of Medicine

1981                Chief Resident, Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry

1982                 Visiting Senior Resident Award (Columbia Presbyterian Hospital), Eisenhower Army Medical Center        

1984                Armed Forces Reserve Medal

1985                Overseas Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal

1986                Meritorious Service Medal (1st OLC)

1988                Army Commendation Medal

1991                National Defense Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (1st OLC), Kuwait Liberation MedalCombat Medical Badge

1992                Wendell Muncie Award Maryland Psychiatric Society

1994                Military Psychiatry Teaching Award, Uniformed ServicesUniversityBethesda, Maryland

1994                Fellowship, American Psychiatric Association

1995                Baltimore Magazine's Top Doc in Addiction

                        The Best Doctors in America: SE Region

1995                Walter Weintraub Teacher of the Year Award, University of Maryland Psychiatry Residency Program

1997                Baltimore Magazine’s Top Doc in Addiction

1998                Best Doctors in America: SE Region

2000                Patricia McIntyre Outstanding Physician Award, National Council on Alcoholism & Chemical Dependency-MD Chapter

2002                Baltimore Magazine’s Top Doc (Psychiatry)

                        Med Chi Distinguished Service Award (Chair of Addictions)

2003                 Distinguished Fellow, American Psychiatric Association

2009                Best Doctors in America-National

2011                Virginia Huffer Post-Graduate Teaching Award

                        University of Maryland, Baltimore, Department of Psychiatry

2013                Best Doctors in Maryland, Baltimore Business Journal

2015                Distinguished Life Fellow, American Psychiatric Association

2016                Graduation Speaker, Univ of Maryland Psychiatry Residents & Fellows

In the News

McDuff DR.  “BrainBall” quoted in article in ESPN Magazine

by Shaun Assael, Jan 2007

McDuff DR.  “A Few Seconds of Panic” by Stefen Fastis (2008) quoted as his mental skills trainer while a kicker at the Denver Broncos Camp in 2006-chap 9 (pages 141-144)

McDuff DR,Moore Lenny. “What Are They Thinking?  Connecting with Your Teens” Article on a Substance Abuse Awareness Program in the Westminister Eagle Nov 2008.

McDuff DR. “Stopping Makes Sense-Vince Young might not be cut out for the NFL-and that’s OK” by Stefan Fatsis Slate on Line; 17 Sept 2008.

McDuff DR. “Charger’s Kaeding explains the lonely life of a kicker, looks to rebound” by Stefan Fatsis,; 29 Jan 2010.

McDuff DR.  “A Light in the Darkness” by Pablo Torre Sports Illustrated June 21, 2010McDuff DR.  “Dangerous Minds” by Pablo Torre Sport Illustrated. 15 August 2011

McDuff DR.  “Managing Pre-race anxiety in sprinters & distance runners” The      Runaround on ESPN Radio. Brad Jaeger & Greg Jubb-Hosts. 18 August 2012

McDuff DR. “Could Flacco Fall Victim to the Sports Illustrated Curse” Jean Marabella, Baltimore Sun, Jan 17, 2013

 McDuff DR. “Color Run to Draw 25,000 to Camden Yards” Chris Kaltenbach Baltimore Sun, May 10, 2013

McDuff DR. “Lessons in Losing” Karen Finucan Clarkson, Washington Parent Apr 2014

McDuff DR. “Maryland Overdose Response Program for Opioids” Video for the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Administration-Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene & Howard County Health Department, June 2014,

McDuff DR. “Overview of Co-occurring Mental Health & Substance Use Disorders in Adolescents” Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene/University of Maryland Baltimore Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry” June 2014,

McDuff DR. Pros or Amateurs, Athletes Gain Experience from Sports Psychiatrist’s Presence. Psychiatric News, on line 15 August 2016


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