Dr. Vas received his residency training in general adult psychiatry at Duke University and is a board-certified psychiatrist who treats adults aged 18 years and older. He has broad experience in treating an array of psychiatric concerns, including major depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance use disorders, and psychotic disorders.
Dr. Vas is originally from New York City. He obtained his undergraduate degree in psychology at Vassar College, completed his pre-medical studies at Columbia University, and earned his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 2005. Dr. Vas was the Chief Resident of the inpatient psychiatric ward at Duke Hospital in the last year of his residency in psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center (2005-2009). He was drawn to the residency program at Duke because of its balance providing strong fundamentals of evidence-based medicine with unique training opportunities in various modalities of psychotherapy, including live supervision of couples and family therapy. During his residency, he pursued additional training in cognitive behavioral therapy, in mindfulness-based practices, and group psychotherapy.
Dr. Vas has experience treating student populations at the Duke University Counseling and Psychological Services (2008-2009) and at North Carolina State University Counseling Center (2015). He has provided outpatient medication management and psychotherapy to a general adult population in private practice since 2009.
Dr. Vas believes that good care fundamentally rests in a relationship of trust between provider and patient and has been privileged to have worked with many patients for more than 10 years. He approaches patients in an open, collaborative manner to help them understand their treatments and make informed, realistic decisions about their own care.
Dr. Vas appreciates the complexity of his patients’ lives and this informs his approach to diagnosis and treatment. He enjoys collaboration with other medical professionals, psychotherapists, and families in order to help coordinate care. He deeply values psychotherapy as part of mental health treatment. He enjoys providing therapy in conjunction to medication-management when it can be helpful. When he feels that the issues would be better treated with a specialist, he will recommend one and work closely with that therapist to help provide the best comprehensive care. Dr. Vas is excited to join 3-C Family Services, where he will collaborate with a group of excellent psychiatrists and psychotherapists.