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Christina Gerdes, MD

Chief Medical Officer

Bio

Christina Gerdes, MD completed her medical training at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Science focusing on community health. She went on to complete her Adult Psychiatry Residency Training at Columbia University with a focus on psychotherapy receiving training in psychodynamic psychotherapy, supportive psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral psychotherapy, interpersonal psychotherapy, and dialectical behavior psychotherapy. She was elected as chief resident during her fourth year of residency and went on to complete the Public Psychiatry Fellowship of New York State Psychiatric Institute at Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Gerdes' career has focused on innovation within the field of psychiatry by implementing and leading Collaborative Care Programs across a dozen outpatient clinics within a large hospital system in New York. She also developed and led an Adult Behavioral Crisis Center in the New York area with a team of 13 people conducting over 3,500 visits annually under New York State’s Medicaid Redesign Program. Dr. Gerdes served as the initial Behavioral Health Medical Director at Cityblock Health before becoming the Behavioral Health Medical Director for the Health and Recovery Plan at Fidelis Care - Centene. Currently, Dr. Gerdes serves as the Chief Medical Officer and Co-Founder at Ness bringing her medical expertise to support our efforts to make health and wellness accessible to all. Dr. Gerdes is a double board certified adult psychiatrist and addiction medicine specialist who continues to care for patients through her private practice. Dr. Gerdes is a physician leader interested in systems of care, healthcare innovation, recovery-based practices, and healthcare administration.

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