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Bella Schanzer, MD, MPH

Bella Schanzer, MD, MPH
Interim Chief of Staff

Vice Chair, Clinical Affairs

Brown Foundation Chair in Psychiatry

Menninger Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences,

Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) 

Dr. Bella Schanzer currently serves as Baylor College of Medicine’s Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs for the Menninger Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and as Medical Director of the Baylor Psychiatry Clinic.


In November 2017, she was appointed Interim Chief of Staff of The Menninger Clinic. In this role she is providing clinical leadership to The Menninger Clinic and will be working with faculty and staff to support and enhance the mission of The Menninger Clinic in its unique approach to providing high quality mental health care, educating future mental health care providers and engaging in outcomes-focused research. 

Dr. Schanzer earned her medical degree at the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons and completed her medicine internship at New York-Presbyterian Medical Center. She was chief resident during her fourth year of psychiatry residency at New York University. She completed a one-year fellowship in public psychiatry, followed by a three-year research fellowship at Columbia-New York State Psychiatric Institute that focused on mental illness and homelessness. 

Additionally, she received her masters of public health in administration and policy from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. She graduated summa cum laude from Barnard College where she earned a bachelor’s degree in American history.

Before joining BCM in 2016, Dr. Schanzer served as the chief of the mental health service at the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center in Detroit where she made significant strides in improving access to care for veterans.