Stephen Rush, MD

Associate Professor of Clinical

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Stephen Rush, MD

As an academic psychiatrist, Dr. Stephen Rush has worked for the University of Cincinnati with patients with severe disease often refractory to treatment.  His clinical interests include such cases of schizophrenia and mood disorders including bipolar affective disorder and major depression.  Dr. Rush completed his residency training in adult psychiatry in 2013 at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.  He served as the Chief Resident of education and, in that role, received the Golden Apple Teaching Award in 2013.  In the same year he received the Maurice and Diane Levine APA Travel Award, allowing him to present cumulative data about the effects of older antipsychotics on patients with schizophrenia at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association.  After finishing residency he spent a year at Parkview Behavioral Health in Fort Wayne, Indiana gaining clinical experience in psychiatry in a rural setting before returning to Cincinnati in 2014 where he has since worked in the University’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience.

Dr. Rush has a wide range of clinical responsibilities in various settings in the department.  He works on the adult inpatient unit at UCMC Ridgeway, largely treating severe schizophrenia spectrum disorders and has a busy faculty clinic where he sees a variety of patients.  In 2016 he created a Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) clinic at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for treatment resistant major depression, the first program of its kind at UCHealth.  This clinic was later incorporated into the Treatment Resistant Depression Clinic established in 2017 as part of the department’s Mood Disorders Center of Excellence. As co-director of this clinic, Dr. Rush sees and treats a variety of patients suffering from depression with a range of treatments including Electroconvulsive Therapy, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, Intranasal Ketamine and referral to specialized psychotherapy.  In 2019 he was appointed Medical Director of Ambulatory Services for the department.

Dr. Rush also has interests in education and community outreach.  He gives yearly lecture series and provides clinical supervision to advanced resident physicians.  He has previously won teaching awards for both his work with resident physicians and medical students and serves on education committees to further educational goals of the department and its residents.  Dr. Rush is a member of both the Clozapine Expert Panel and the Tardive Dyskinesia Expert Panel for the CureSZ foundation for schizophrenia and has done community outreach and speaking engagements for the Autoimmune Encephalitis Alliance, for whom he serves in their Clinician Network.




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Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience


Medical Degree

Indiana University School of Medicine



University of Cincinnati


Board Certifications

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (Psychiatry)