Desmond Kaplan MD FAPA

Child, Adolescent & Adult Psychiatry

1777 Reisterstown Road, Suite 50
 Baltimore, MD 21208

About Desmond Kaplan, MD FAPA

Board Certified: Psychiatry

Board Certified: Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry

Born and raised in South Africa, Dr. Kaplan emigrated to Israel following medical school at the University of Cape Town. There he completed a residency in Psychiatry and a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry through the University of Tel Aviv.

Dr. Kaplan moved to the United States to complete a second fellowship in Developmental Disabilities at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and the Johns Hopkins Depart of Psychiatry. He remained on the faculty of Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins for another three years specializing in autism.

Recruited by Sheppard Pratt to develop their Child and Adolescent Neuropsychiatry Unit, Dr. Kaplan was instrumental in the unit becoming a nationally and internationally renowned program for the treatment, training and research of children and adolescents suffering from Autism and other developmental disabilities, a field he is considered an expert in. He was also the inaugural Medical Director of Sheppard Pratt’s Behavioral Telepsychiatry Program, an innovative video conferencing system which became the largest provider of telepsychiatry services in rural Maryland.

Dr. Kaplan has founded and led international mental health collaborations with colleagues in Israel, Kenya and South Africa.


The office is committed to providing world-class treatments with compassion. The care that I would want from a member of my own  family. We are located in Baltimore, Maryland and treat patients from surrounding townships of Ellicott City, Arbutus, Catonsville, Millford Mill, Pikesville, Woodlawn, Towson, Timonium, Randallstown, and Lochearn.

Dedicated to Excellence

I hold myself to an extremely high-level of excellence in every aspect of my practice. This includes the care I provide, the equipment that I use, the health and safety protocols that I follow, and the incidental services that I offer. Above all, my aim is to provide each of my patients with an optimal experience.

Experienced Healthcare Provider

I have completed extensive education and clinical training as well as specialized training in my areas of expertise. Driven to constantly improve my knowledge in the area of Psychiatry, I frequently attend educational conferences and professional society meetings to learn about the latest advancements in the field and offer these techniques and technologies to patients.

The Importance of Patient Education

I strongly believe that patient education is an important part of the services I provide. In addition to talking with patients during exams and throughout the course of treatment regimens, I have provided extensive information on the conditions, treatments and procedures relating to Psychiatry.

This clinical information has been written with you -- the patient -- in mind and includes graphical illustrations and photographs. It can be printed in an easy-to-read layout on your home printer. I encourage patients to read about conditions and treatments that affect them and I eagerly invite you to ask questions. Thank you for choosing me to be your health care provider.


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