About Dierich Kaiser, MD

Dr. Kaiser completed his psychiatry training as Chief Resident at Saint Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, DC and soon began practicing as a staff psychiatrist with Virginia Baptist Hospital (VBH) in Lynchburg Virginia. There, Kaiser worked for four years performing outpatient and inpatient medication management and psychotherapy for adolescent, adult and geriatric patients. During that time, he also worked as a psychiatric consultant to Westminster Canterbury adult nursing facility also in Lynchburg. During his last year at VBH, Kaiser served as medical director of the outpatient clinic - starting the extensive administrative experience he has ultimately gained while concurrently practicing psychiatry until the present. Kaiser’s curriculum vitae details his work experience and research publications that were the outcome of his work as a published research fellow with the American Heart Association. As Assistant Professor of Psychiatry Penn State, he provided inpatient care at the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute, acted as an editorial reviewer for the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, and received the Penn State College of Medicine Affiliate Site Teacher of the Year Award. At Kaiser Permanente, he ultimately achieved the highest patient satisfaction ratings possible and used his knowledge base to mentor fellow clinicians to improve their scores. At Kaiser, he was granted the 2008 Art of Medicine Distinguished Physician Award. As a psychiatrist with the Department of Defense at Andrews Air Force base, Kaiser treated scores of service members including members of the Presidential Support Team. There, he was complemented on his ability to assimilate and clinically apply rigorous military protocols for psychiatric care. From there, he went on to provide inpatient care for the Psychiatric Institute of Washington, Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute and Eastern State Hospital in Virginia. While working and teaching medical students at Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute, Kaiser received the Elaine W. Cotlove MD Award for Excellence in Psychiatric Education. Currently he is a senior staff psychiatrist with Western Tidewater Community Services Board in Suffolk, Va, a locums staff psychiatrist with Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va, and a telemedicine staff psychiatrist with LewisGale Hospital in Salem, Va.
With every hospital and organization he has worked, Kaiser has served on a quality assurance and/or patient safety committee. He is board certified and re-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is also a member of the American Psychiatric Association and the Virginia Society of Psychiatry. Kaiser is a board member of the National Mental Wellness Association.
As a psychiatrist, he has treated over six thousand patients over the past twenty five years. Kaiser has provided psychotherapy and medication management with an exceptional expertise towards designing treatment regimens that effectively address the individual needs of his patients. His professional work has involved direct patient care in nearly every possible kind of treatment setting. He has had decades of experience utilizing the entire accessible range of psychiatric pharmaceuticals. Kaiser has also administered electroconvulsive therapy. His years of clinical, academic, and administrative experience provide to him an intense awareness of the successes and failures of America's mental health system. He has developed keen abilities to establish highly functional relationships with professionals of many disciplines. Kaiser’s communication skills are at a high level. His knowledge base regarding fiscal and organizational dynamics is quickly evolving and highly adaptable to healthcare companies and organizations. He hopes to play an integral part in moving an organization closer to finding definitive solutions to the many clinical and scientific dilemmas that we face in mental health today.


  • ADD & ADHD
  • Anger
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorders
  • Depression
  • Grief/Loss
  • Insomnia
  • Medication Management
  • Mood Disorders
  • PTSD
  • Locations

    Virginia Beach