Vice president and medical director, The Menninger Clinic, and medical director, Addictions Services
Associate professor, Menninger Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine
As medical director, Susan Hardesty, MD, oversees the medical staff at Menninger and all assessment and treatment programs. She joined The Clinic in 2009 after holding the same post at the Institute of Psychiatry and serving as vice chair of Clinical Services for the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston.
She has worked as an inpatient psychiatrist and hospitalist at MUSC, developing clinical expertise and conducting research on acute treatment of bipolar and psychotic illnesses as well as forensic psychiatry. Dr. Hardesty has co-authored peer-reviewed papers on medication management, treatment outcomes and quality service delivery.
She is board certified in psychiatry and forensic psychiatry and is an active member of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law.
After earning her undergraduate degree from Winthrop College, she worked for 17 years in the chemical and textile industries in chemist and occupational health and safety management roles. To grow in her career, she completed medical school at the University of North Carolina and did her residency in psychiatry at MUSC.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) honored Dr. Hardesty with the 2009 National Exemplary Psychiatrist Award and South Carolina NAMI selected her as the 2009 Psychiatrist of the Year for integrating mental health advocates in the process of improving hospital treatment and incorporating trauma-focused care initiatives at MUSC. The initiatives resulted in substantial improvements in patient safety and engagement in care.