Cory McNamara, MD


Dr. McNamara is a Board-Certified Adult Psychiatrist whose focus is the treatment of Major Depressive Disorder including recalcitrant depression, defined as a failure to find an adequate response to at least one antidepressant trial of adequate doses and duration.

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More about Cory McNamara, MD

Dr. McNamara chose the field of Psychiatry due to his initial interest in Neuroscience, which started during his undergraduate days. Following medical school, he began his residency training in Internal Medicine. He had the opportunity to care for some patients with depression and anxiety, which later helped to solidify his interest in caring for those with mental illness.

Dr. McNamara’s working style is built upon collaboration with his patients, working together to best improve the symptoms and overall functionality of the person under his care. For this process to be successful, he feels he must offer explanations and clarifications as needed to the patient with communication being of great importance throughout the process of caring for the person. He has found that honesty is of tantamount importance in medicine, especially in Psychiatry, in order to have the best outcomes for his patients.

With a passion for helping patients who may be treatment-resistant and not find success with antidepressants alone, he is pleased to have other means of treatment, such as Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and Esketamine nasal spray, to help his patients find relief and recovery from depression.

Personal Interests

Dr. McNamara likes living in Orange Country, California, due to the outstanding public schools, the many parks, and the attention to public safety of its citizens. Outside of work, he spends time with his family. They enjoy long walks together in their neighborhood and movies at home with popcorn.

Education & Experience

Dr. McNamara completed his Bachelor of Science in General Biology with a minor in Physiological Psychology at the University of San Diego in La Jolla, CA, where he also completed post graduate studies in Molecular Biology.

He received his medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine in Portsmouth, Dominica.

After medical school and before residency, he did volunteer work at an oncology laboratory at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, gaining further knowledge and experience in medical and immunological research.

Following his post-graduate year one at the University of Tennessee Department of Internal Medicine in Memphis, Tennessee, he completed his Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Residency Program at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee. During his residency training program, he provided care at both the Woodridge Psychiatric Hospital and the Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC) in Mountain Home, Tennessee. His clinical work included both the adult general psychiatry inpatient units, the consultation and liaison service at the Veterans Administration Medical Center and the geriatric psychiatry unit of Woodridge Psychiatric Hospital. He also participated in Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) treatments of treatment-resistant depression and bipolar patients while on the inpatient service at the Mountain Home VAMC.

Following residency, he cared for psychiatric patients at Happier Living of Newport Beach, CA, a fast-paced private practice clinic where he managed both in person treatment and via telemedicine. He was also responsible for conducting weekly meetings with the in-staff psychologists of practice where discussions took place regarding the evaluation and treatment of more complicated patients such as treatment-resistant depression, bipolar disorder and dual diagnosis patients.

Most recently, Dr. McNamara served at Community Psychiatry of Newport Beach and Irvine, CA. Here, he evaluated and treated psychiatric patients both in-person and via telemedicine. Patients seen included major depressive disorder with generalized anxiety, bipolar disorder with underlying personality disorders and those with adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder among others. He also supervised several nurse practitioners in the care and management of their more complicated patient

Certifications & Memberships

  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Certification in Adult Psychiatry
  • Member, American Psychiatric Association
  • Certified, Advanced Cardiac Life Support


McNamara, CD, Kendell, S. Treating MDD with IVIG in a CVID patient: A case report. In press.

Ben Mohamed L, Bertrand G, McNamara CD, Gras-Masse H, Hammer J, Wechsler SL, Nesburn AB. Identification of Novel Potent CD4+ T-Helper – Stimulating lmmunogenic Peptides from the Herpes Simplex Virus Glycoprotein gD. Journal of Virology. 2003 Sep;77(17): 9463-73.

Qayyum S, McNamara CD, White F. T-Cell Post transplantation Lymphoproliferative Disorder: Patient Presenting With Bowel Obstruction. Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. 2013 Oct; 137(poster 20): 1348.

Ben Mohamed, L, McNamara, CD, Wechsler, S, Nesburn, A. (2002). Effect of the HSV-1 Latency

-Associated Transcript (LAT) on Maturation of Murine Bone Marrow Derived Dendritic Cells. Poster presented at: Association for Research in Vision; Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Ben Mohamed, L, McNamara, CD, Wechsler, S, Nesburn, A. (2002). Totally Synthetic HSV-1 Lipopeptides Without Adjuvant, Elicit Immune Reponses in Mice and Rabbits. Poster presented at: Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology; Fort Lauderdale, FL.

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