Rahn K. Bailey, MD, FAPA, is the immediate past president of the National Medical Association (NMA). Dr. Bailey is chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Bailey earned his MD from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston in 1990. He completed his residency in psychiatry at the University of Texas at Houston and Texas Medical Center Affiliated Hospital, and he was chief resident from 1993 to 1994. He then served a fellowship in forensic psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut in 1995. Dr. Bailey has held assistant professor clinical teaching positions at University of Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas, Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, LSU Medical Center and Tulane in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was promoted to associate professor at University of Alabama Birmingham Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama. He is certified in general psychiatry (1998, re-certified 2008) and forensic psychiatry (1999, re-certified 2010) by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He has 17 peer-reviewed articles, 12 invited articles and 1 book chapter published. He has given 27 academic Grand Round and 15 Hospital Grand Round lectures.
Dr. Bailey is a member of several professional medical societies. He has received a variety of academic awards and honors, including the Chester M. Pierce, MD, ScD, Resident Research Award (1995) and the National Medical Association (NMA) Postgraduate Physician Section Award (1998). He was named Outstanding Faculty by the University of Texas Medical School in Houston (2000), Region V Physician of the Year by the National Medical Association (2006) for his exemplary efforts in coordinating medical care for victims of Hurricane Katrina. Dr. Bailey was the most recent recipient of the Isaac Slaughter Memorial Leadership Award (2010).
He is currently the deputy representative to the APA assembly from the Black Caucus of the APA, and is a former president of the Tennessee Psychiatric Association (May 2011-2012).