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In that space​; is our power to choose our response. 

In our response; lie our growth and our freedom."

- Victor E. Frankl​

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We are Board-Certified to treat patients  of all Ages.

We therefore diagnose and treat all Neuro-Psychiatric illnesses across the life span .

We are also a Graduate Medical Education Facility & Teaching Location for several Affiliated Universities, Medical Schools and Graduate Education Programs in Medicine and Nursing; within the Medical Specialty of Psychiatry.  

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”Pediatricians are uniquely positioned to both prevent and mitigate the consequences of racism,” a report from the American Academy of Pediatrics says. (iStock)

From The Washington Post

By William Wan August 2, 2019

The nation’s largest group of pediatricians warned this week that racism can have devastating long-term effects on children’s health.

A policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics is the first it has issued to its members on the dangers of racism. Doctors involved in the report said the current political and cultural atmosphere makes the work more urgent.

“If you look at what’s in the news today, in social media, on Twitter, there’s so much kids are exposed to,” said Jackie Douge, a pediatrician with the Howard County Health Department who co-wrote the statement. “As much as you want to keep it in the background, it’s not in the background. It’s having direct health effects on kids.”

Their report comes at a time when racism is dominating headlines, driven by racist tweets from President Trump, which have inspired chants at his rallies, and also by the rise of white nationalism.

Other pediatricians welcomed the report, which drew on 180 key studies and includes specific recommendations, and said the danger to their patients has become acute.

“There was a time not too long ago under another president when I think we as a society were talking about living in a ­post-racial age. That’s changed pretty dramatically,” said Nia J. Heard-Garris, a pediatrician at Northwestern University. “It’s a new age of racism.”

A study published last year in JAMA Pediatrics found an increase in teenagers’ stress and worry about discrimination between 2016 and 2017. The researchers surveyed 2,572 high school students in Los Angeles during the 2016 presidential campaign and again during the first several months of 2017, after Trump’s election. Teenagers who were more stressed were more likely to drink, smoke or experiment with drugs.

Scientists have documented health disparities among races in the United States for decades. African Americans are more likely than whites to die of diabetes and have a higher prevalence of hypertension and heart disease. Black children are four times as likely to be admitted to the hospital for asthma.

Environmental factors such as income levels, education, exposure to pollution and access to high-quality health care explain some of the differences. But researchers have become increasingly certain that racism and discrimination play a role, as well.

Exposure to racism in adults has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease, depression and other ailments.

And researchers have increasingly identified dangers racism presents to the development of babies and children. Studies have found lower birth weights in babies born to African American mothers who experience discrimination. A recent analysis found an increased risk of premature birth among Latina women following Trump’s election, part of a pattern of poorer health outcomes among Latinos during his administration. Other recent studies have found an increased risk of depression, obesity and greater susceptibility to sickness among children who are exposed to racism. Researchers have linked racism experienced by children to worsened sleep, higher rates of doctor visits and lower self-esteem.

Helping You Achieve Better Mental Health

St. Lazarus Behavioral Health PC. is a privately owned, CARF-accredited Specialist  Neuropsychiatry clinic located in Charlotte, North Carolina. At our  outpatient facility,  we  diagnose and manage  Psychiatric  (Psychological, Mental Health disorders )  in Children, Adolescents, and Adults, helping them cope and recover from their individual conditions.

Our practice comprises of clinicians who are Board-Certified in General Adult Psychiatry as well as in the Sub-specialty of Pediatric  (Child and Adolescent)  Psychiatry. We also have on our staff a Nationally Board-Certified Specialist in Addiction Medicine who is thoroughly trained in all current treatment modalities for substance use disorders. Our head Clinician also has his fourth medical board certification in the diagnosis  and treatment of Traumatic and Non-traumatic Brain Injuries; making St. Lazarus Behavioral Health one of the very few centers in the United States with Clinicians who are Board Certified in  General Adult Psychiatry,  (Pediatric) Child & Adolescent Psychiatry,   Addiction  Medicine   and Brain Injuries Medicine; all in one  treatment location.

St.  Lazarus  therefore provides  Psychiatry  services for patients  of all ages in  the Charlotte; North Carolina Region,  Gastonia  Region and  all the surrounding areas. Furthermore, our team  also conducts Telepsychiatry sessions to those who are in other states including Tennessee, Florida, South Carolina, Virginia,  Louisiana, Georgia,  North  Carolina, New York and Hawaii.

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Nuestra misión es ayudar a los niños, adolescentes y sus familias quienes sufren de un stress causado por una enfermedad Psiquiátrica (mentaly de comportamiento). Estamos decididos a proveerle un cuidado de alta calidad y menor costo posible. St. Lazarus Behavioral Health Inc. esta abierto de lunes a viernes de 9am hasta las 5pm. Nos esforzamos por servir a nuestra comunidad al cuidar de nuestros clientes con integridad, respeto, honestidad, fidelidad y una actitud muy amigable y respetuosa. Nuestra oficina cuenta con un intérprete (inglés/español) si usted necesita este servicio.

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About Our Clinicians

Our head clinician, Dr. Samuel  Inimbom  Samuel,  is uniquely trained in the two major international systems of Psychiatry;  which are the World Health Organizations'  phenomenology based  ICD 10 British Psychiatry, and the Research based DSM  system of American  Psychiatry. 

 Dr. Samuel teaches and supervises other clinicians at St. Lazarus in the most current evidence-based treatment for all  Mental  health and Substance Use disorders  across the life span.

Dr. Samuel demonstrates a combination of the following credentials:

Eight Years of Post-M.D. Graduate Medical Education in Pediatric, Adult, Geriatric, Psychotherapy and Rehabilitation  Psychiatry that comprise:

Three years of PostMD - Graduate Medical Training in the Phenomenology-Based British and WHO’s International Classification of Diseases (ICD) 10 Psychiatry; and  Five years of  Post MD -Graduate Education in the Research-Based DSM System of American Psychiatry. 

Dr. Samuel completed his Fellowship Training in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at 

 The Child & Family Institute;  Mount Sinai - St.Luke's Roosevelt Hospitals, 

(Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons), New York; NY.

Dr. Samuel  holds Four Neuro-Psychiatry Board Certifications by the  American Board of Medical Specialties: He is Board Certified in  the Medical Specialty of   Brain Injuries Medicine;  by the American Board of  Psychiatry & Neurology, and also Board Certified  in  the Specialty of  General (Adult) Psychiatry; by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology.   His other Board Certifications are in the Sub-Specialty of  Pediatric (Child & Adolescent) Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology, and  a Sub-Specialty Board Certification in Addiction   Medicine by the American Board of Preventive Medicine.

Dr. Samuel also serves as Medical Director to the Transcend Eating Disorders Center, Matthews; North Carolina.



Dr. Nellie Idara Samuel JD, DNP, PMHNP-BC  is our Lead Psychiatry Nurse Practitioner at St. Lazarus Behavioral Health PC. 

She has practiced as a Psychiatry Nurse Practitioner with St. Lazarus Behavioral Health PC. since 2015.

Before her career in Clinical Psychiatry; Dr Nellie (as fondly referred to) practiced  as an Attorney with The Crown Prosecution Service in London; Great Britain;  and later as a New York City Attorney; after successfully completing the New York Bar Examinations and being  admitted into New York Bar in 2002. 

In her quest to become a Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatry, Dr. Nellie would later attend the Columbus State University, Columbus; Georgia where she obtained a (BSN) Bachelors in Nursing, and subsequently the University of South Alabama, Mobile; AL where she obtained her MSN in Pediatric and Adult Mental Health; before becoming Board Certified as a Psychiatry  Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.  

Dr. Nellie Samuel received her DNP (Doctorate of Nursing Practice) degree  from the Grand Canyon University, Phoenix; Arizona in 2018 following her successful dissertation on the "Co-morbidity of Anxiety in Adult Depressive Disorders". 

To set up an appointment, please call us at 877-624-5802 or fax your referral to  478  474 6585 . You may also email your appointment requests to our HIPPA-compliant email address, at   [email protected]. or on our contact us page; on this website.

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                              "True bravery can only be borne of good conscience"                                                                                                                                                                                           Samuel Inimbom Samuel MD                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

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