Steve Daviss MD DFAPA


Steve Daviss is a physician double-boarded in Psychiatry and in Psychosomatic Medicine, which is the intersection of primary care and psychiatry. He is the past Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Baltimore Washington Medical Center (2004-2014), and is Clinical Assistant Professor in the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where he also attended medical school. He trained at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. He completed an NIMH-funded clinical research fellowship in schizophrenia at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center.

Dr Daviss is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is Chair of the APA Committee on Mental Health Information Technology, APA Assembly Representative for Maryland, Past-President of the Maryland Psychiatric Society, and is active in the Legislative Committees for Medchi and for the MPS, where he is often called upon to analyze legislation and testify before the Maryland General Assembly. His experience includes patient-centered health care policy, health informatics, and use of health IT and social media in healthcare. He has served as past co-chair of the CCHIT Behavioral Health Work Group, where he helped direct the development of certification standards for behavioral health electronic health records with a diverse group of clinical, informatics, and vendor stakeholders. He has served on URAC's Health Standards Committee since 2004, where he helped develop mental health parity (MHPAEA) compliance standards for URAC's Health Plan accreditation in preparation for the Affordable Care Act's Health Benefit Exchange programs. He also serves on the Maryland Health Care Commission's Health Information Exchange Policy Board, on the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Behavioral Health Integration Work Groups, and on the Clinical Committee for the Chesapeake Regional Information System for our Patients (CRISP), Maryland's state-designated HIE.

Dr Daviss is the President and Co-Founder of FUSE Health Strategies, LLC, a unique consulting group with expertise in behavioral health policy, regulation, and information technologies focusing on parity and patient-centered integration of mental health and addiction services within primary care settings, particularly Patient Centered Medical Homes (PCMH). With co-founder and Vice-President, Kait B. Roe, a patient engagement expert and NCQA PCMH Certified Content Expert, Fuse Health provides consultation and assistance to organizations seeking to achieve NCQA recognition as a level 3 PCMH, with particular expertise in patient engagement and in integration of mental health and substance abuse care. 

He is also Chief Medical Information Officer for M3 Information, LLC, a DC-based mobile mental health IT company that developed the peer-reviewed, multidimensional, patient-centered mental health screening tool, WhatsMyM3. He recently helped his hospital implement and switch from Cerner to Epic. Enthusiastic about merging his clinical and administrative experience with health care policy, informatics, and health care reform efforts, his goal is to facilitate the wider integration behavioral healthcare with physical healthcare to save costs and improve healthcare quality and outcomes.

Dr Daviss is member of the American Psychiatric Association, American Medical Informatics Association, American Association for Technology and Psychiatry, American Medical Association, Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, American Society of Addiction Medicine, HL7, HIMSS, Maryland HIMSS, Maryland Psychiatric Society, Medchi, and the Southern Psychiatric Association. He has served on the Boards of several nonprofit organizations, including Maryland Foundation for PsychiatryAnne Arundel County Mental Health Agency, Inc., and The Pro Bono Counseling Project.

Growing up in Baltimore City, and working in and around the metropolitan area, "Dr Steve" is committed to improving the health and lives of people living in Maryland. A participating member of a number of Baltimore community and business improvement associations, he ran for public office in the 2014 primary election for Democratic State Central Committee in the 45th Legislative District. He hopes to run for the House of Delegates in 2018.


Always listen to experts. They’ll tell you what can’t be done, and why. Then do it.
— Robert A. Heinlein (Time Enough for Love, 1973)