Rasimas Joseph

J.J. Rasimas, MD, PhD, FAPM

Commitment to Patient-Centered Care

“I believe it is not only important to be thorough and expert in understanding the disease a patient has, but to be just as well atuned to understanding the person who has a disease. I am committed to using this approach to help each individual patient integrate information and choices about health into personal life goals, and to helping other providers through education and teaching to disseminate this perspective on caring for patients throughout our hospital.”

Clinical Expertise

Dr. Rasimas is a psychiatrist and a medical toxicologist who specializes in the care of patients with both mental and physical illness. He has a doctorate in chemical biology from Penn State University and experience in bioethics and clinical trials research from the National Institutes of Health. He also has a background in psychoanalytic psychotherapy from advanced coursework at the Minnesota Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and the Washington School of Psychiatry. Integrating these areas of expertise, Dr. Rasimas has developed an interest in the public health problem of suicide and the personalized care of patients who struggle with urges to harm themselves in various ways.


  • Rasimas JJ, Sachdeva KK, Donovan JW. Revival of an Antidote: Bedside Experience with Physostigmine. Journal of the American Association for Emergency Psychiatry. 2014 Dec;12(2):5-24.
  • Rasimas JJ, Kivovich V, Sachdeva K, Donovan JW. Antagonizing the Errors of History: Bedside Experience with Flumazenil. Journal of the American Association for Emergency Psychiatry. 2015 May;13(1):17-34.
  • Griffiths JJ, Zarate CA, Rasimas JJ. Existing and Novel Biological Therapeutics in Suicide Prevention. Am J Prev Med. 2014 Sep;47(3 Suppl 2):S195-203.
  • Rasimas JJ. Chapter 37: Medical Toxicology in The Textbook of Psychosomatic Medicine, Levenson J, ed.; American Psychiatric Publishing, 2nd edition, 2011.
  • Rasimas JJ and Carter G. Psychiatric Issues in the Critically Poisoned Patient in Critical Care Toxicology, Brent J, et al., eds; Springer, 2nd edition, 2016.

Medical School

  • Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, PA, USA


  • General Psychiatry, Mayo Graduate School, Rochester, MN, USA


  • Addiction Medicine, Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, PA, USA
  • Bioethics and Clinical Research, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA
  • Medical Toxicology, Penn State / PinnacleHealth Program, Harrisburg, PA, USA
  • Psychosomatic Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA

Professional Affiliations

  • Association for the Advancement of Philosophy and Psychiatry
  • Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine
  • American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry
  • American College of Medical Toxicology
  • American Academy of Clinical Toxicology
  • American Association of Suicidology
  • American Psychoanalytic Association
  • Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis
  • American Society of Addiction Medicine
  • American Association for Emergency Psychiatry


  • Board Certified in psychiatry
  • Board Certified in psychosomatic medicine
  • Board Certified in addiction medicine
  • Board Certified in medical toxicology
  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Emergency Medicine, University of Minnesota and Penn State University


  • American College of Psychiatry Laughlin Fellowship
  • Fellow of the American Psychoanalytic Association
  • Hannah Cashman Memorial Award
  • National Institute of Mental Health
  • Fellow of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine


“My family and I enjoy the four different and beautiful seasons outdoors in Minnesota. We forage for mushrooms, hike to watch birds and other wildlife, and enjoy cultivating a garden with medicinal and toxic plants. I like to sing and have a particular interest in the art and science of food and drink. We also play disc golf, skate, and are fans of a variety of sports.”