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Kala Bailey, M.D.

  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
  • Leaders in Clinical Excellence Program Development Award
Kala Bailey
“Attitude is everything. If you view difficult circumstances or bad outcomes as great learning experiences and opportunities for growth, you’ll find joy even in the hard stuff.”

Contributions to STEMM

Dr. Bailey is the Chief of Psychiatry for the University Hospital and Clinics. This line of clinical service “includes a state-of-the-art 23-bed inpatient unit, an active hospital consult-liaison service, and a large multispecialty outpatient practice,” she said. “My clinical focus is in the area of interventional psychiatry, through which I specialize in treatment-refractory mental disorders.”

In her role as Clinical Director of Interventional Psychiatry, “I have helped develop a fully integrated program whereby patients can present for a single evaluation and have access to all indicated FDA-approved treatments, as well as investigational approaches and clinical trial offerings at UT Southwestern,” Dr. Bailey said.

Early Influences

“I was inspired to pursue a career in medicine by my maternal grandfather. It had been his dream to become a physician, but he was unable to realize this because of a lasting physical disability from a childhood polio infection,” Dr. Bailey said. “From the time I was young, he fostered an excitement in me to make this dream of his a reality, and I haven't regretted it a single day since.”

The UT Southwestern Difference

“I am blessed to get to work in such an incredible academic institution that fully supports and encourages my development as a woman in a clinical leadership position.”

“It is a joy to me to come to work here every day, and I am excited to see what the future brings for our institution,” Dr. Bailey said.

Specifically, “I have the privilege of delivering innovative treatment approaches to patients with difficult-to-treat mental disorders, offering hope to patients and their families when there previously had been none,” she said. “I am surrounded by brilliant colleagues here at UT Southwestern, and I know I am a better doctor because of them.”

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