Nelson F. Rodriguez, MD, FAPA

Staff Psychiatrist
Lindner Center of HOPE

Dr. Rodriguez serves as Medical Director of the Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) Service. He is also the lead psychiatrist for Lindner Center of HOPE's Rapid Access Service. He is a member of the National Network of Depression Centers (NNDC) Electroconvulsive Therapy Task Group. He is also a member of the International Society for ECT and Neuromodulation, Inc. (ISEN). He finished his ECT training at Duke University Medical Center. Additionally, he holds privileges at West Chester Hospital where he provides Psychiatric Consultation–Liaison Services.

Prior to joining Lindner Center of HOPE, Dr. Rodriguez worked as Medical Director of the Mental Health Unit and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry for St. Luke Hospitals in Florence, Kentucky. He serves as Board Member for the Mental Health Association of Northern Kentucky. He also served as President of the Tau Mu Sigma Phi USA Foundation, Inc and Board of Director of the University of Santo Tomas Medical Alumni in America and Foundation. He serves as President of the Association of Philippine Physicians in Greater Cincinnati, Inc, 2017-2018.

In 2010, he finished his Certification in Mastery in Global Mental Health: Trauma and Recovery, traveling to Orvieto, Italy for 2 weeks for the didactic portion of the study given by the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma and Massachusetts General Hospital with CME credits from Harvard Medical School, in collaboration with the Instituto de Sanita, Italy. Post-training, Dr. Rodriguez presented a CME lecture on “Healing Invisible Wounds” during the USTMAAA Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL in May 2010. He continues to provide educational activities on Disasters. Dr. Rodriguez now serves as a member of the Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Association (OPPA) Public Mental Health Committee – Subcommittee on Disasters.

His academic appointments include Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He was also an Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine University of Kentucky College of Medicine until 2016.

Dr. Rodriguez is the recipient of numerous awards and distinctions including a Presidential Award from Mental Health America of Northern Kentucky, provider nominee for the 2005 and 2006 Cincinnati Business Courier’s Health Care Heroes Awards, and listed among America’s Top Psychiatrists as ranked by the Consumer Research Council of America 2007, 2004 to 2005 and 2002 to 2003.

This provider offers telehealth visits. 

Presentation Topics:

  • Electroconvulsive Treatment
  • Trauma and Recovery in Disasters
  • Treatment-Resistant Depression
  • Depression in Primary Care
  • Dual Diagnosis – Approach to Evaluation and Management
  • Suicide Risk and Suicide Risk Assessment
  • Competency Evaluation


  • 1985-1986 Postgraduate Internship, Santo Tomas University Hospital, Manila, Philippines
  • 1981 B.S. University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines
  • 1985 M.D. University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippine
  • 1991 Professional Diploma in Family Ministries, Loyola School of Theology, Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City, Philippines

Internship and Residencies

  • 1987-1990 Family Medicine, Santo Tomas University Hospital, Manila, Philippines
  • 1993-1997 General Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School Consolidated Department of Psychiatry, Harvard-South Shore Psychiatry Training Program, Brockton/West Roxbury Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Brockton, Massachusetts
  • 1997-1998 Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Fellowship, Harvard Medical School Consolidated Department of Psychiatry, The Cambridge Hospital, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Licensure and Certification:

  • 1998 Registered Physician, Commonwealth of Kentucky
  • 2004 Registered Physician, State of Ohio
  • 1991 Diplomate, Philippine Academy of Family Physicians
  • 1993 Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates
  • 2000 Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Inc.
  • 2004 Certified, Advanced Clinical Psychopharmacology, American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology, Inc.
  • 2009 Re-certified Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Inc.
  • 2010 Mastery in Global Mental Health: Trauma and Recovery