Edward (Ed) Stern
MSN APRN PMHNP-BC
Providing Care in DC, MD, VA, and projected to be in NY and FL later in 2024
Ed (he/him/his) is a cis male who lives a queer life as a divorced pansexual man. He's a sex-positive, open-minded healthcare worker who acknowledges his privilege and has lived his share of hardship. If you've been to some of the DC hotspots, you might have even seen him there or heard him talk to all sorts of LGBTQIA groups.
Ed provides care to anyone who identifies (or thinks they might) be part of the LGBTQIA+ community. (OMG, he even treats the straight folks.) He offers psychiatric medication management and mental health wellness through a whole-body approach to care. He considers all of you and your life, not just a disease process. Another way to look at it is that he looks at the symptoms that impact your life, and then you both agree on how best to treat your needs.
Ed has a distinguished medical career that started in the 1980s (ok, yeah, way back then). He started his career in Fire/EMS. Over time, he moved to Nursing, where he's worked in various specialties, including emergency medicine, trauma medicine, outpatient and hospital administration, and psychiatry.
Ed is a volunteer member of the Board of Directors for Outcare Health, a national nonprofit with a mission to train and support more affirming healthcare professionals in the US.
His psychiatry experience includes inpatient and outpatient care, PHP (partial hospitalization program), and IOP (intensive outpatient program), as well as crisis management. He now is seeing people like you via video-based outpatient telemedicine.
Ed has his Master of Science in Nursing from Walden University and is Board Certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) - Across the Age Span. While at Walden, he was the co-president of their LGBTQ student organization, pushing the school to make policy and curriculum changes to be queer-expansive. He is licensed and virtually sees patients in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia).
Ed has spoken at many conferences, is a recurring guest on several podcasts, and has been on TV and in print. He is also the co-host of a radio program on public radio in DC on LGBTQ+ equality, diversity, and adversity. Ed created and hosts "PsychNP Cast," a podcast designed to educate his peers on mental health.
Ask Ed about his life, and he'll share the details. He's not shy because he knows others have experienced similar hardship and joy. If you want to hear him tell some of his story, listen to the podcast Out with Jimmy. Ed has also taken a variety of training to help him widen his "old cis white guy" understanding of modern queer life, so he does his best not to be "just another cis gay guy."
Below are some samples of this work.