About

About Me

Ashok Bharucha, MD, MA, serves as Geriatric Psychiatrist at Transformations Adult and Geriatric Psychiatry, P.C., a private practice located in South Abington Township, Pennsylvania. An experienced dementia and late-life disorders specialist highly-trained in adult and geriatric psychiatry, as well as in the management of conditions at the interface of neurology, medicine, and psychiatry, Dr. Barucha pursues the best outcomes for patients through a combination of pharmacology (psychoactive medications) and psychotherapy (talk therapy).

As the lead professional at Transformations Adult and Geriatric Psychiatry, Dr. Barucha aims to establish a collaborative therapeutic relationship with every patient, one that not only enhances each individual’s sense of well-being, but which also furthers their aspirations for achieving their full potential. His services include:

Geriatric psychiatry

Adult psychiatry (for patients 18 and older)

Psychotherapy

Psychopharmacology (medication management)

Psychiatric consultation

Ashok Bharucha, MD, MA, treats a wide range of conditions, providing one-on-one care for patients coping with:

Anxiety disorders

Bipolar and related disorders

Depressive disorders

Obsessive compulsive disorder

Schizophrenia spectrum disorders

Trauma- and stress-related disorders

Sleep disorders

ADHD, if cognitive testing is available to confirm the diagnosis

Psychiatric/medical disorders

Mental disorders of later life

Neurocognitive disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease

Dr. Bharucha is regarded as a caring, thoughtful, and attentive professional dedicated to tailoring each treatment to the specific needs of each individual patient. A seasoned adult and geriatric psychiatrist, Dr. Bharucha looks forward to providing the professional treatment and support patients need to continue their journeys of self-exploration.

Background

Ashok Bharucha has more than 30 years of clinical, research, and teaching experience in the psychiatric field, including over ten years as a geriatric psychiatric medicine practitioner.

Dr. Bharucha’s clinical experience includes stretches as adult and geriatric psychiatrist at such organizations as:

Transformations: Adult and Geriatric Psychiatry, a privately-owned practice (2021-present)

Generations Geriatric Mental Health, Eliot Hospital (2015 - present)

Ashok J Bharucha MD PC, a privately-owned practice (2015-2020)

Susquehanna Health Medical Group (2015-2019)

Family Behavioral Resources (2015-2015)

Dickinson Center, Inc. (2015-2016)

Geisinger Medical Center (2013-2014)

Gunderson Lutheran Health System Inc. (2010-2013)

Iowa Health (2009-2010)

Dr. Bharucha’s experience in academia includes a number of professorial appointments within a variety of institutions. These positions include:

Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Temple University School of Medicine (Jan. 2014 - Dec. 2014)

Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (2010-2013)

Chair of Adult Psychiatry at Gundersen Lutheran Clinic Department of Behavioral Health (2010-2013)

Director of Residency Education, Consultation-Liaison Service at WPIC (2002-2003)

Adjunct Assistant Professor at Carnegie Mellon University (2002-present)

Psychiatric Medical Director, Kane-Glen Hazel, Geriatric Structured Unit at WPIC (2001-2005)

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine/Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (2000-2009)

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Dartmouth Medical School (1998-2000)

Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Washington School of Medicine (1997-1998)

Ashok Bharucha has received extensive academic training in the fields of adult psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, and neurology. After receiving his MD from the Penn State University College of Medicine in 1992, Dr. Bharucha’s initial postgraduate training period began, lasting from July 1992 to June 1993. During this time, Dr. Barucha completed postgraduate work at Harvard Medical School, McLean Hospital (four months, geriatric and addiction psychiatry), Massachusetts General Hospital (two months, neurology), and Mount Auburn Hospital (6 months, medical internship).

Following this initial postgraduate period, Ashok Bharucha completed his:

Adult psychiatry residency at McLean Hospital, under Bruce Cohen, MD, PhD, Director (1993-1996)

Tenure as Chief Resident, geriatric and inpatient psychiatry at McLean Hospital, under Andrew Satlin, MD, Director (1995-1996)

Geriatric psychiatry fellowship at the University of Washington School of Medicine, under Richard Veith, Md, Director (1996-1997)

Presently, Dr. Bharucha maintains long-standing memberships in a number of scientific and professional societies, including:

American Medical Directors’ Association (since 2002)

American Neuropsychiatric Association (since 1998)

International Psychogeriatric Association (since 1998)

The Gerontological Society of America (since 1998)

American Geriatrics Society (since 1998)

American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (since 1998)

American Psychiatric Association (since 1992)

In addition to an extensive clinical, research, and teaching resume Dr. Bharucha has earned a number of academic and professional honors, including:

Fellowship with the American Psychoanalytic Association (1996-1997)

An Ethics Committee Chairmanship at the Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester (1999)

Three Golden Apple Teacher of the Year Award Nominations at WPIC between 2001 and 2003.

Golden Apple Teacher of the Year Award at WPIC in 2002

Golden Apple Psychiatry Teacher of the Year Award at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (2002)

Excellence in Education Award in the Small Group Facilitator Category at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (2004)

Outstanding Mentor nomination at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Named one of America’s Top Physicians by the Consumers’ Research Council of America each year from 2007 to the present

Best Doctors in America honors between 2009 and 2010

Portfolio

Ashok J Bharucha Portfolio