Philip Candilis Philip Candilis
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Office Phone: 202-299-5421
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Department: Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences


  • BS, George Washington University, 1988
  • MD, Eastern Virginia Medical School, 1992


Philip Candilis, MD, is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. A forensic psychiatrist and medical ethicist with interests in informed consent, capacity assessment, and professional ethics, Dr. Candilis teaches, writes, and conducts empirical research in forensic and public sector psychiatry.

Dr. Candilis trained at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Harvard Ethics Program and has practiced in inpatient, outpatient, and emergency settings. He is President of the Hellenic American Psychiatric Association and President of the Washington Psychiatric Society, a district branch of the American Psychiatric Association. As Director of Medical Affairs at Saint Elizabeths Hospital in Washington DC, Dr. Candilis leads the hospital’s Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship, an advanced training program for physicians working at the intersection of law and medicine. His work with the George Washington University Global Mental Health Program extends his public sector work into international settings.

Read the AAPL Newsletter: American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (Featured on Page 9)


Article: Physician Impairment and Rehabilitation: Reintegration Into Medical Practice While Ensuring Patient Safety: A Position Paper From the American College of Physicians - Read Full Article

The Philadelphia Inquirer - Stopping the revolving prison door for the mentally ill - Read Full Article

Dr. Candilis's work has been featured on NPR, you can view the article here.

Candilis, P.J., et al. (2018) "The Hippocratic Oath for Humanitarian Aid Workers" Link

Candilis, P.J., et al. "Psychiatric Professionalism for the 21st Century", Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry. Link
His work has also been featured at The George Washington University Workshop BUILDING RESILENCE IN HUMANITARIAN WORKERS workshop. Visit the workshop here.  


Dike C.C, Candilis P.J,, Kocsis B, Sidhu N, Recupero P. (2019) Ethical Considerations Regarding Internet Searches for Patient Information. Psychiatric Services. PMID: 30651058 Link [epublication]

Candilis P.J., Weissman, Anna. Humane. Forensic Practice Serves Social Justice. Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law Online December 2018, 46 (4) 454-457 PMID: 30593475 Link

Candilis P.J., Navneet, S. (2018) A Feminist Perspective for Forensic Practice. Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law Online December, 46 (4) 438-446. PMID: 30593473 Link

Candilis P.J,. (2016) Physician Health Programs and the Social Contract. AMA J Ethics.18(1):77-81. PMID: 26854641. Link

Candilis, P. J., Lidz, C. W., Appelbaum, P. S., Arnold, R. M., Gardner, W., Myers, S., Grudzinskas, A. J., … Simon, L. J. (2012). The silent majority: who speaks at IRB meetings?. IRB, 34(4), 15-20. PMID: 22893993 Link

Candilis P.J., (2009) The revolution in forensic ethics: narrative, compassion, and a robust professionalism. Psychiatric Clinics of North Ammerica ;32(2):423-35. PMID: 19486823. Link

Candilis, P. J., Fletcher, K. E., Geppert, C. M., Lidz, C. W., & Appelbaum, P. S. (2008). A direct comparison of research decision-making capacity: schizophrenia/schizoaffective, medically ill, and non-ill subjects. Schizophrenia research, 99(1-3), 350-8. PMID: 18164593 Link

Industry Relationships and Collaborations

This faculty member (or a member of their immediate family) has reported a financial interest with the health care related companies listed below. These relations have been reported to the University and, when appropriate, management plans are in place to address potential conflicts.

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