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Our Team of Pychiatrists 

Our growing team of psychiatrists, psychologists, and therapists offer a wide range of assessment and treatment services, including counseling/therapy(individual, family, marriage, and group), testing (psychological and neuropsychological), and medication management. Sterling Behavioral Health Services welcomes persons with diverse backgrounds and/or persons speaking Spanish and/or other languages.


Dr. David Band is the Medical Director and Owner of Sterling Behavioral Health Services. He grew up in suburban Philadelphia and received his undergraduate degree in Environmental Biology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1975. After working for one year, including a summer as a Park Ranger, he attended the George Washington University Medical School and graduated in 1980. His Flexible Medical Internship was completed in Boston in 1981, and his Psychiatric Residency at the National Institute of Mental Health - St. Elizabeths Hospital, in Washington, D.C., was completed in 1984. Dr. Band was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Public Health Service in 1980 and served on active duty for over 20 years. During that time, he worked on the Navajo Reservation in a very rural traditional setting and then gained extensive inpatient and outpatient experience, both clinical and administrative, in an urban setting with patients diagnosed with a full range of psychiatric illnesses. During his last six years with the USPHS, Dr. Band ran a community-based treatment program in Washington, D.C. Upon leaving the USPHS, he spent 15 months as the Medical Director of an adolescent residential treatment hospital before co-founding Sterling Behavioral Health Services. Dr. Band specializes in treating children and adolescents, including angry and/or depressed teenagers. His areas of clinical expertise include ADHD, mood and anxiety disorders, school problems, obsessive-compulsive disorder, court-ordered psychiatric evaluations, and conduct and behavioral issues, including those associated with pervasive developmental disorders such as Autism and Asperger's Syndrome.

David Band, M.D.

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Dr. Syed Rizvi is an adult psychiatrist, board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Rizvi has extensive experience in Clinical and Administrative Psychiatry and is licensed in Maryland and Virginia. Dr. Rizvi has served as the Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry for Upper Chesapeake Health Systems, Sheppard Pratt Medical System, since 2004. Dr. Rizvi's vast experience also includes the Behavioral Health Unit at Harford Memorial Hospital, as well as serving as Medical Director of the Gannon Center for Community Mental Health, from 1999-2004, when he moved to the Maryland area. Dr. Rizvi attended medical school at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia and completed his residency in psychiatry in 1999. Dr. Rizvi has extensive experience in treating adults from diverse cultural backgrounds with problems with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, adjustment issues, OCD, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other psychiatric problems. At Sheppard Pratt, he continues to treat patients on an inpatient basis that are too complicated for an outpatient setting. Dr. Rizvi's continued experience with inpatient and outpatient needs have expanded the depth of his ability, skill and knowledge of various psychiatric disorders. We are very proud that he brings this heightened skill and knowledge to our patients at Sterling Behavioral Health Services.

Syed Rizvi, M.D.


Mohammad A. Ansari, MD is a Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is a licensed psychiatrist in the states of Maryland and Virginia, and is a member of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Ansari attended medical school at the Dow Medical University in Karachi, Pakistan. He served his Internship in General Medicine and Surgery at Civil Hospital in Karachi, Pakistan. During his education, Dr. Ansari served as Clinical Assistant to the Assistant Professior of Medicine and completed his residency at Resident Hill Park General Hospital. Dr. Ansari was also Chief Resident at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington DC and did a fellowship in child psychiatry at the Medical College of Virginia. Dr. Ansari has served as the Medical Director of Outpatient Services for the Upper Chesapeake Health/Sheppard Pratt Health Systems since 2005. He also currently serves as the Associate Medical Director for Behavioral Health Services at Sheppard Pratt and has been in that position for the past eight years. In his role at Sheppard Pratt he focuses on inpatient treatment on the adult behavioral health unit, including medication management and mental health education. He serves as the consultation liaison for services at Harford Memorial Hospital and Upper Chesapeake Medical Center. Dr. Ansari's outstanding skills and abilities in an inpatient setting, as well as in an outpatient setting, make him a perfect fit for Sterling Behavioral Health Services. He brings with him his vast knowledge of psychiatric issues, including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, OCD, psychotic disorders, trauma and ADHD. Sterling Behavioral Health Services is very pleased and proud to have Dr. Ansari as an integral part of our behavioral health practice.

Mohammad Ansari, M.D. 

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