Avrim Fishkind, M.D. is President and Chief Medical Officer of JSA Health, and a past president of the American Association for Emergency Psychiatry. He has designed multiple comprehensive psychiatric emergency programs including Psychiatric Emergency Rooms, 23 Hour Observation Units, Mobile Crisis Outreach Teams, Crisis Residential and Stabilization Units, Crisis Hotlines, and short-term Crisis Counseling Units. Dr. Fishkind has been employed in the delivery and development of comprehensive psychiatric emergency services in many locations, including New York City, Austin, Texas, Houston, Texas, Washington, D.C, and Toronto, Canada. Dr. Fishkind implemented the psychiatric emergency services at the Houston Astrodome when 25,000 refugees left New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, mobilizing the largest ever psychiatric emergency response to a disaster.
In 2005, Dr. Fishkind led the clinical workgroup for crisis services redesign for the state of Texas, a more than $200 million dollar infusion to build a new psychiatric emergency system across the state of Texas. In late 2007, he formed JSA Health, a company designed to provide high quality, innovative telemedicine for behavioral health. JSA Health is already changing the face of psychiatry by providing on-demand services, 24/7/365, to rural and urban locations in Texas and Louisiana including schools, jails, community health centers, behavioral health hospitals and emergency services, schools, juvenile justice facilities, community health centers, employee assistance programs, and other facilities where traditionally there was little hope of finding a psychiatrist to employ.
Dr. Fishkind completed undergraduate studies in Zoology and Art History at the University of Maryland. He attended Johns Hopkins Medical School in Baltimore, Maryland, and completed his residency in psychiatry at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City. He completed Public and Administrative Psychiatry fellowships at Mt. Sinai Medical Center and Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Fishkind studied furniture design and construction, lithography, and papermaking at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C. He is a licensed pilot, furniture builder, bagpiper, devoted husband, and proud father of 10-year-old twins.