9941-Poor, Maria

Maria C. Poor, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry

VAMC D-5016
Indianapolis, IN


I am so happy that I came back to IU School of Medicine after nearly 20 years in private practice.  I have worn many hats, but currently, my greatest pleasure is to provide quality psychiatric care to our nation’s veterans.   Last year I was able to begin serving as the medical director of the Psychiatry Consultation-Liaison Service at Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center.  It is wonderful to work alongside such excellent medical colleagues, and I find the challenge of treating mental health problems in the setting of complex medical and surgical diagnoses exciting and interesting.

A related area of interest and service for me is clinical teaching.  I have been pleased to receive a Best Clinical Sciences Professor award from several graduating medical classes, Outstanding Faculty Award from our Psychiatry residents, and the Trustee Teaching Award in 2016.  I also received the Nancy Roeske Medical Student Teaching award from the American Psychiatric Association.  

My last main area of focus, caring for survivors of disasters, has given me the opportunity to be involved in planning for mental health services in the event of mass casualty events such as during our community preparation for hosting the Super Bowl several years ago.  I was able to respond internationally to survivors in Haiti after the earthquakes as well as to Hoosiers following tornadoes and the stage collapse at our State Fair that traumatized many survivors.  In 2017, I was one of two recipients of the American Psychiatric Association Bruno Lima Award in Disaster Psychiatry.  I am on the APA Disaster Mental Health Committee and the Indiana Resilience and Emotional Support Team (REST).


Titles & Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
  • Education
    1985 MD Indiana University
    1976 BS Ball State University
  • Board Certifications
    American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology - Psychiatry*
  • Clinical Interests

    Teaching:  I mentor learners in the areas of adult psychiatry, advanced psychopharmacology, and consultation/liaison work.  I also enjoy offering an elective for senior medical students in Psychosomatic Medicine (Consult-Liaison Psychiatry).  The integration of medical and psychiatric skill is a wonderful setting to learn how to care for our patients and to communicate with families as well as our medical and surgical colleagues.

    I also love to speak to groups about disaster preparedness and response.  I have led seminars on this topic and am a trainer for Psychological First Aid and START mass casualty triage.

    Clinical: I am the Medical Director of the Consultation-Liaison service at Richard L Roudebush VA Medical Center. I see patients in consultation in the Emergency Department, on our medical/surgical wards, and in our outpatient clinics.  I am especially interested in the identification, prevention, and treatment of delirium.


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