Dr. Anand attended medical school in London, having been born and raised in the United Kingdom. He first partially completed a residency program at University of Cambridge, then came to the United States in 1998 to complete his psychiatric residency and later for fellowship training in forensic psychiatry at University of Virginia Schools of Medicine and Law. Dr. Anand is board certified in adult and forensic psychiatry from The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Dr. Anand has an extensive range of clinical experience dating back 30 years, and he has worked with a wide variety of patients in the UK and later in different states in the US; his patient care has comprised working with individuals from a range of socioeconomic/demographic backgrounds and cultures in that same time. He has been treating outpatients with various psychiatric disorders in the Northern Virginia area since 2009.
Dr. Anand has served in a leadership capacity, having been the medical director at two local state psychiatric hospitals. As a medical director, he supervised the work of junior psychiatrists and was also part of a leadership group that ensured hospital care met appropriate state and federal standards. He has extensive experience as a hospital psychiatrist, having worked with teams to treat patients in acute psychiatric crises, patients with severe treatment-resistant schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, and those adjudicated Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity.
Dr. Anand has served as an oral expert witness providing testimony to courts and tribunals dating back to 2003. He has also served as an expert witness in Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia, and he has written numerous court reports speaking to ‘ultimate issue’ questions such as the Insanity Defense, Competency to Stand Trial and Post Insanity Adjudication.
Dr. Anand’s passion has always been for diagnostic clarity, the ‘art’ of psychiatry and ‘knowing the story’ of the patient. He has published extensively on such issues, ranging from movie reviews to thought provoking editorials in internationally renowned journals. He has co-chaired a presentation on the psychodynamics of aggression at an American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law conference and has also received the Certificate of Appreciation for Dedication and Excellence in Teaching from George Washington University Department of Physician Assistant Studies for two consecutive years (2015 and 2016).
Most importantly, Dr. Anand believes in the ‘art’ of conversation with his patients and getting to know a person on a more meaningful level as opposed to engaging simply for diagnostic purposes. Dr. Anand strongly believes in helping and treating, the “whole person” to achieve their life goals, and as a physician he strives to remain true to the original meaning of the term, “psychiatry”: i.e. healing and care of the soul.