Rahn Bailey

Scientific Committee Members

Psychiatrist . Minority/Underrepresented (MUR) Trustee. APA.


Rahn Kennedy Bailey, MD, DFAPA, ACP serves as Assistant Dean of Clinical Education at Charles R. Drew University and Chief Medical Officer of Kedren Health Systems Inc. Dr. Bailey’s career has centered around community outreach.
Rahn Kennedy Bailey, M.D. received his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. While in medical school, he received the Resident Research Award by the National Medical Association (NMA) for his work on Non-A Non-B Hepatitis (’88). He completed his residency training in psychiatry at the University of Texas at Houston. While in residency, he held the title of chief resident (’94). In 1995, he completed a fellowship in forensic psychiatry at Yale University.
He has held a multitude of leadership roles both academically and professionally. Early in his career, he served as unit director of a schizophrenia treatment/research unit at LSU in New Orleans. Shortly thereafter, while at the University of Texas Houston, he received the Outstanding Faculty of the Year award (2000). Due to his volunteer work delivering care to the many evacuees of Hurricane Katrina in the Houston Astrodome, he was named the Physician of the Year NMA (2006).
He has served as President (113th) of the National Medical Association (NMA). As president he spearheaded three trips to the African nation of Liberia. He is currently the Chairman/BOT NMA/Cobb Research Foundation Institute. From 2008 to 2014. he served as the director of Elam Mental Health Center in Nashville, TN and the chairman of the psychiatry department at Meharry Medical College. While in North Carolina, Dr. Bailey was chairman of the psychiatry department Wake Forest University SOM & Executive Director of the Behavioral Health Service Line (2015-2018). He is a member of the American Psychiatric Association BOT.
Throughout his career, Dr. Bailey has worked with underserved and minority populations. This is evident in his work with community programs with indigent populations throughout the U.S. and abroad. He has 54 publications that address healthcare disparities including the books “A Doctor’s Prescription for Healthcare Reform” and “At Gunpoint.” For his extensive work addressing health disparities, he has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration(SAMSHA), Area Health Education Centers (AHEC), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), and Snyder Foundation. In 2011, he served as the chair of Commission to End Health Disparities (AMA). He actively works to assure that individuals in the forensic setting are adequately, assessed, treated, and advocated for.