Dr. Zerla is a Board Certified Psychiatrist with more than 25 years of experience in various clinical settings, including inpatient hospital units, outpatient departments and private practice. He received his Medical Degree from the Medical School at the University of Perugia, Italy, his psychiatric training at Sheppard-Pratt Hospital and psychoanalytic training at the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute, where he is now a faculty member. He has served as staff psychiatrist at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, medical director of a community mental health center in Baltimore County, chief of psychiatry at Frederick Memorial Hospital, and most recently as staff psychiatrist at Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown.
Dr. Zerla has extensive experience diagnosing and treating depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety and panic disorders, phobias, psychoses, post-traumatic stress disorder, stress induced adjustment disorders, grief reactions complicated by depression, and adult ADHD.
Dr. Zerla provides psychiatric evaluations and medication management with special attention to individual needs, including attention to each patient’s personal history, his or her specific context, stressful or traumatic life experiences or circumstances, each patient’s particular concerns about, or fears of medications, all of which he approaches with patience, warmth, understanding and helpful explanations that facilitate treatment and the patient’s sense of comfort and trust.