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Paul A. Buongiorno, MD, DFAPA, is Board Certified as a Diplomate by the American Board of
Psychiatry and Neurology and is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.
Dr. Buongiorno previously served as Chief Resident at Georgetown University Hospital, Founder
and Medical Director of Fair Oaks Hospital Pain Unit, Founder and Medical Director of a Geriatric
Day Hospital for Inova Health Systems, Founder and Medical Director of an Outpatient Geriatric
Consultative Service in the Northern Virginia area and Medical Director of a large multidisciplinary
group psychiatric practice.
Dr. Buongiorno formerly was a Consulting Associate in Psychiatry at
Duke University School of Medicine and a former Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and
Georgetown University School of Medicine.

Dr. Buongiorno has more than 27 years of clinical experience in the management of psychiatric
disorders. He is recognized as an expert in psychopharmacology and psychodynamic
psychotherapy and has taught psychiatric residents for many years. He is recognized nationally
and lectures widely on a variety of topics including the pharmacologic treatment of
schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, chronic pain, obsessive compulsive disorders, treatment
resistant mood disorders and pharmacoeconomics. In addition he has authored many clinical
articles on a variety of psychiatric topics.

With broad clinical, research, administrative and teaching experience, Dr. Buongiorno is presently
engaged in full time private practice and teaching psychology students and family practice
residents. He has spent his entire career designing innovative psychiatric health care delivery
systems in an inpatient, outpatient and community setting.

Currently Dr. Buongiorno’s research interests include the effect of untreated mood disorders and
the subsequent neurocognitive deficits. This research includes the effects of medications and/or
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation on their deficits.


Sheila Mulford

Sheila Mulford, Executive Assistant, TMS Coordinator began working with Dr. Buongiorno in 1989 and assisted in running a large multidisciplinary psychiatric group practice in Northern Virginia. Prior to moving to Northern Virginia, she lived in Scotland where she completed a diploma in Medical Secretarial and Administration at Dundee College. In 1995 she moved from Northern Virginia to Wilmington to manage Dr. Buongiorno’s outpatient practice. She plays an important role in the day to day running of his busy clinical practice from managing the administrative and billing office to assisting Dr. Buongiorno with patient care. She is fully trained in performing TMS therapy and performs both technical and clinical aspects to therapy.

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