Niccolo D. Della Penna, M.D.

Experienced board-certified psychiatrist.



Welcome to the practice of Niccolo D. Della Penna, M.D. I am an experienced board-certified psychiatrist with a diverse background. Since 2007, I have continuously practiced in the same office in the Green Spring Station area.

About Dr. Della Penna

I am an accomplished board-certified psychiatrist who completed residency training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, where I was one of the Chief Residents. Prior to that, I received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Northwestern University and then a Doctor of Medicine from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. I was selected for entry into the Honors Program in Medical Education, which was an elite 7-year combined undergraduate/medical school program for talented applicants in high school.

Niccolo D. Della Penna, M.D.

Prior background

  • Director of the general hospital psychiatry division at the University of Chicago providing psychiatric consultations to patients in the entire hospital
  • Assistant program director of the psychiatry residency program at the University of Chicago
  • Medical director of a combined inpatient psychiatric facility and detoxification/rehabilitation center
  • Attending psychiatrist in multiple emergency departments in Baltimore to evaluate patients with acute clinical needs
  • Consulting psychiatrist to a local premier alcohol and drug rehabilitation facility
  • Consultant to numerous international patients and traveled to many countries around the world to provide assessments and ongoing management

Approach to Treatment & Services Offered

When performing a comprehensive evaluation with a patient, I integrate both medical and psychiatric management into a thorough treatment plan. As one of the few psychiatrists who offers and performs psychotherapy, treatment goals are established and pursued through well-considered medication selections when necessary, and with traditional psychotherapeutic techniques.

After being broadly trained in all areas of psychiatry, I specialize in these particular areas:

  • Mood disorders (major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder)
  • Anxiety disorders (generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder, phobias)
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Addiction psychiatry (alcohol, opioid, gambling and other forms of addiction)
  • Independent medical examinations (state medical boards, disability, occupational evaluations)
  • Expert witness testimony

Personal life

I was born and raised in a small suburb of Chicago and when I was young, I set numerous goals for myself. Because I was interested in aviation from a very young age, one of these was to successfully solo an aircraft before receiving my driver’s license at the age of 16.

I also found the study of languages technically interesting, useful and also a great exercise in cultural understanding. After studying German for just a few years, I set the objective to backpack on my own throughout Germany during high school to prove to myself that I was competent in my skills. At present, I have decent competence in German and Italian, the latter of which is personally meaningful as a part of my proud heritage of being in a family from the Abruzzo region of the country.

However, one of the earliest goals that I had was the idea of becoming a physician. What drew me to this was realizing that a physician was a person who was able to heal or cure through the competence of scientific medical abilities. The integration of solving a health problem through scientific knowledge was a skill that seemed both honorable and was a type of technical mastery that I wanted to achieve. Although I entered medical school not knowing what type of physician I wanted to become, I learned after doing my clinical rotation in psychiatry that being a psychiatrist allowed a closer connection with patients. It provided the opportunity to understand a patient’s difficulties on a personal and human level even more than in other areas of medicine. As a psychiatrist, I found the privilege that one is given with patients to be much closer to my original interpretation of what a good doctor was: a confidential, technically-skilled and empathic healer who could be trusted with one’s most private and difficult challenges in life.

When I am not working in the office, I am usually researching my next new regional Italian meal to make, following the latest Formula One news, trying to find time to watch Serie A or Bundesliga games or cycling in the early hours of the morning.

Contact Me

To schedule a consultation or learn more, call 410-616-0591 x3 or email

What People Are Saying…

Dr. Della Penna has been a trusted referral source of mine for many years. He is knowledgeable, thoughtful, and thorough. He also prioritizes patient’s needs often finding ways to get them seen in a timely manner.

Arman T.

I am an internal medicine physician and have referred many of my patients to Dr. Della Penna. He has provided expert and compassionate care. I am thankful to have such an excellent colleague in my medical neighborhood.

Holly D.

Dr. Della Penna has been a trusted colleague for years. He is incredibly responsive, sees patients promptly, and always offers excellent psychopharmacological advice for patients. I’ve shared countless patients with him over the years and have received only positive feedback.

Louis M.

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