• To provide consultation services for hospitalized patients who manifest symptoms of psychiatric illness
  • To help educate colleagues, patients, and families about mental disorders
  • To facilitate appropriate transfer of care for patients requiring inpatient psychiatric management 

Programs and Services:

  • Full-time service providing evaluation and treatment recommendations for hospitalized patients
  • Education of Psychiatric Residents in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry
  • Education of Medical Students in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry
  • Management of a full-time Psychiatric Emergency Service for walk-in assessment of acute psychiatric problems
  • Faculty participation in clinical and translational research 


  • Full-time service
  • Research into mental disorders
  • As a tertiary center, we provide daytime phone consultation for medical practitioners outside the immediate area
  • Establishment of an educational base with plans to establish a fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine
                                           Patton RitaConsult/Liaison Administrative Office                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Address:
                                            Kracke Bldg – Room 704
                                            1922 7th Ave South
                                            Birmingham, AL 35294
                                            Telephone: (205) 975-8206 or (205) 975-8207