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Stephen Noffsinger, MD

Stephen Noffsinger, MD

  • Program Director, Forensic Psychiatry, UH Cleveland Medical Center
  • Professor, CWRU School of Medicine
  • Specialty: Psychiatry-Forensic Psychiatry, Psychiatry-Adult Psychiatry
  • Location:
    36000 Euclid Ave
    Willoughby, OH 44094

Biography: Stephen Noffsinger, MD


  • Battered Woman's Syndrome
  • Competence to Stand Trial
  • Duty to Protect
  • Evaluation of Emotional Damages
  • Forensic Psychiatry
  • Guardianship
  • Insanity Defense
  • Psychiatric Disability
  • Psychiatric Malpractice
  • Psychiatry and the Law
  • Testamentary Capacity
  • Violence Risk Assessment
  • Workplace Violence

Certifications & Memberships

  • Forensic Psychiatry - American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Psychiatry - American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology


Fellowship | Forensic Psychiatry
Forensic Psychiatry - University Hospitals Of Cleveland (1995 - 1996)

Residency | Psychiatry
Psychiatry - Metrohealth Medical Center (1988 - 1991)

Internship | Psychiatry
Psychiatry - Metrohealth Medical Center (1987 - 1988)

Medical Education
Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) (1987)

University Of Akron (1983)


Dr. Noffsinger is a board-certified psychiatrist and forensic psychiatrist who has been practicing forensic psychiatry for more than 30 years. He has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed professional articles and seven book chapters on various topics in forensic psychiatry, and testified as an expert in psychiatry in more than 225 cases.

Dr. Noffsinger graduated from Northeast Ohio Medical University, completed his residency in adult psychiatry at Cleveland’s MetroHealth Medical Center, and his forensic psychiatry fellowship at University Hospitals of Cleveland. His past appointments include Medical Director, Psychiatric Emergency Services at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center (Cleveland), Chief of Forensic Services at Northcoast Behavioral Healthcare and psychiatrist for the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas.

Dr. Noffsinger has been awarded the Best Teacher in a Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Award by the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, and the John R. Quine Outstanding Adjunct Professor by the University of Akron School of Law, where he also serves as Adjunct Professor of Law. He has served on the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology on the Psychiatry Maintenance of Certification Examination Committee (2018 – 2019), and since 2019 has been Vice-Chair, Forensic Psychiatry Pilot Maintenance of Certification Committee. He has also served on the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Forensic Psychiatry Milestone Working Group (2014) and Forensic Psychiatry Milestone 2.0 Work Group (2020 – 2022). He has served on the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law as Councilor (2003-2006) and as President of the Midwest Chapter.

Currently, Dr. Noffsinger is the Director of the Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship, Professor of Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Adjunct Professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, and Medical Director of Emergency Psychiatric Services.

Industry Relationships

University Hospitals is committed to transparency in our interactions with industry partners, such as pharmaceutical, biotech, or medical device companies. At UH, we disclose practitioner and their family members’ ownership and intellectual property rights that are or in the process of being commercialized. In addition, we disclose payments to employed practitioners of $5,000 or more from companies with which the practitioners interact as part of their professional activities. These practitioner-industry relationships assist in developing new drugs, devices and therapies and in providing medical education aimed at improving quality of care and enhancing clinical outcomes. At the same time, UH understands that these relationships may create a conflict of interest. In providing this information, UH desires to assist patients in talking with their practitioners about industry relationships and how those relationships may impact their medical care.

UH practitioners seek advance approval for certain new industry relationships. In addition, practitioners report their industry relationships and activities, as well as those of their immediate family members, to the UH Office of Outside Interests annually. We review these reports and implement management plans, as appropriate, to address conflicts of interest that may arise in connection with medical research, clinical care and purchasing decisions.

View UH’s policy (PDF) on practitioner-industry relationships.

As of December 31, 2016, Stephen Noffsinger did not disclose any Outside Relationships with Industry.