Menninger Staff

Marsal Sanches, MD, PhD, FAPA

Director of Research Education and Director of Medical Student Education

Professor, Menninger Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine

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Marsal Sanches, MD, PhD, FAPA, is a board-certified psychiatrist with the Adult Treatment Program at Menninger, where he also serves as the director of Research Education and the director of Medical Student Education. In addition, he is a professor of Psychiatry in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine. Prior to joining Menninger, Dr. Sanches was the associate director of the UT Health Center of Excellence on Mood Disorders and the director of the UT Health Bipolar Disorder Outpatient Clinic in Houston.


Dr. Sanches has authored or co-authored more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals such as Molecular Psychiatry, Journal of Affective Disorders and Journal of Psychiatric Practice, as well as numerous book chapters and abstracts. He has a specific interest in mood disorders. 


An associate editor of the journals Minerva Psychiatry and Debates in Psychiatry, he also serves on the editorial board of several peer-reviewed journals.


Dr. Sanches has lectured often at local, national and international meetings on topics ranging from mood disorders and psychopathology to the interface between psychiatry and creativity.


He is an active member of the American Psychiatric Association and American Medical Association. 


Dr. Sanches received his medical degree from Santa Casa de Sao Paulo Medical School, in Brazil, and completed residency training at the Federal University of Sao Paulo and at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.