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W. Scott West, MD, Medical Director

W. Scott West, MD

Medical Director

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 is also Medical Director of the Neurobehavioral Unit at St. Thomas Hospital where his focus is on treating patients with problems associated with dementia or psychiatric problems with medical co-morbidities. He also serves on the clinical faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at Vanderbilt where he supervises residents.

In April of 2010, Dr. West brought the technology of NeuroStar TMS Therapy® to Nashville, becoming the first physician in Tennessee to offer the option of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) 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 and graduated magna cum laude from The University of Tennessee at 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 Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

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University of Tennessee, Knoxville, B.A., 1976
University of Tennessee, Center for the Health Sciences, M.D., 1982


Vanderbilt University Hospital Department of Psychiatry, 1982-1986


State of Tennessee, 1986; license #14347

Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Inc., 6/88


Private Practice 7/86 – Present

ThriveLogic (Nashville TMS) 4/10-present

Psychiatric ConsultantDepartment of Corrections

Department of Corrections
State of Tennessee, 3/83-6/86

Psychiatric Consultant
State of Tennessee, Department of Disability Determination, 3/85-10/86

Psychiatric Consultant
Clover Bottom Development Center, 7/86-7/97

Psychiatric Consultant
Vanderbilt University Hospital, Heart and Heart/Lung Transplantation Program 1986 -1993.

Examiner American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, November, 1989

Mental Health Association in Memphis Diamond Award Judge, 1995, 1997, 1998

TennCare Pharmacy Advisory Committee 1998-2000

Tennessee Department of Corrections, Treatment Review Committee, 2003-2008

Paradigm Health Services, Consultant, 12/2004- 3/2005

Centerstone, Psychiatrist, 12/2005-6/2006

Bristol-Myers Squibb, Speaker 11/2005- 2009

Neuronetics 2010-2012, Speaker

Neuronetics 2010-present, Investigator

Hospital Affiliations:

Vanderbilt University Hospital
Assistant Clinical Faculty, Psychiatry, 7/86-present
Resident Supervisor 7/86-present
Resident Process Group Leader 2012

St. Thomas Hospital
Active Staff 7/86-present
Chief of Psychiatry 7/88-7/02, 4/06-present
Medical Director Psychiatric Services 7/88-9/02, 4/06-present


American Psychiatric Association
Distinguished Fellow 2003
Fellow 1995
Delegate to Assembly 1994-1996

Tennessee Psychiatric Association
President 1991-1992
Public Affairs Committee Chairperson 1989-1991
Legislative Representative 1992-1994
Middle Tennessee Chapter
Secretary/Treasurer 1987-1988
President 1988-1990

Alzheimer’s Association of Middle Tennessee
Board of Directors 1989-1991

Nashville Alliance for the Mentally Ill
Medical Advisory Board 1993-present

Agoraphobics in Action 1994-1998
Medical Advisory Board 1994-1998

Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee
Board of Directors 6/2009- present

International Society for Neurostimulation 2010-present
Certificate Course in Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, May 24, 2010


National Alliance for the Mentally Ill Exemplary Psychiatrist Award 1994
Saint Thomas Hospital Humanitarian Award 2009
Nashville Business Journal Health Care Hero 2011
Mental Health America 2013 Outstanding Mental Health Professional


Jack, R.A., Nicassio, P.M., & West, W.S. (1984). Acute Paranoid Disorder in a Southeast Asian Refugee. Journal of Nervous and Mental Diseases, 172, 495-497.

Mathew, R.J., Jack, R.A., & West, W.S. (1985). Regional Cerebral Blood Flow in a Patient With Multiple Personality. American Journal of Psychiatry, 142, 504-505.