Education and Specialty

Dr. Mark Vakkur is a board-certified psychiatrist that has joined the Georgia Behavioral Health Professionals group in May 2018. His education history is as follows:

1986-1992 M.D. Duke University School of Medicine Durham, NC Medicine
1982-1986 B.S. United States Military Academy West Point, NY. Distinguished Graduate (graduated 32nd in a class of 970 (top 5%).

Professional Development

-Board-Certified in Psychiatry American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
#44499 1996, re-certified 2007 and 2017
 Medical License Georgia
 Medical License North Carolina
-DEA Certificate US Drug Enforcement Agency
-Psychiatry Residency Training
-Duke University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science 1992-1996
Child, Adolescent, and Adult Medical Services
Dr. Vakkur has over 20 years of experience treating adults, children and adolescents. He treats a full spectrum of psychiatric conditions from depression and anxiety to schizophrenia. His main area of focus is ADD and ADHD especially in adolescents and adults. He works hard to apply the latest research findings to his practice but also bringing flexibility and a sense of humor to his work.
Awards, Services, Honors
May 2000 Emory University School of Medicine Special Recognition Award
May 1999 Association for Academic Psychiatry Junior Faculty Award
May 1999 Best Psychiatry Attending
Spring 1999 Outstanding Lecturer of Human Behavior
June 1998 Emory Educator of the Year
Fall 1996 Outstanding Lecturer of Human Behavior
1994-995 Public Policy Scholar, North Carolina Governor's Institute on Alcohol and Substance Abuse
Fun Facts
Dr. Vakkur is a father of 2 daughters and a son. His children has taught him far more about life than any course or clinical rotation. Although he works hard to practice best evidence-based medicine, he also brings humor and humility into his practice. Dr. Vakkur's personal philosophy is that "psychiatry should be more than simply treating symptoms." He tries to help his clients pursue happiness in their lives. Medication management is only a part(although often a critical one) of a holistic approach that should include diet, exercise, sleep, therapy, and the cultivation of gratitude and compassion. Dr. Vakkur believes that "we are never done developing and growing as strong, optismistic individuals."
Contact Information
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Vakkur, please contact Georgia Behavioral Professionals Decatur office at (404) 500-4266.