William Sanders Research

William Sanders, MS, DO

Staff Psychiatrist and Researcher, Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services


Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services

Director of the Pine Rest Psychiatry Residency Program in partnership with Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine; on the Medical Executive Committee; Forensic Psychiatrist

Michigan State University, Division of Psychiatry

Assistant Professor, Director of Graduate Medical Education

Michigan Psychiatric Society

Vice President


Dr. Sanders began employment at Pine Rest in 2008. He has practiced general adult psychiatry in many setting including outpatient, inpatient, particle hospitalization, and psychiatric medical unit. He has provided expert forensic psychiatry evaluations on disability requests, fitness for duty, personal injury, medical negligence, child custody and visitation, guardianship and testamentary capacity. He also provides criminal services including competency to stand trial, legal sanity, child abuse, sentencing and witness competency.

Dr. Sanders is also director of the Pine Rest Psychiatry Residency Program in partnership with Michigan State University – College of Human Medicine since 2012. He was formerly the Michigan State University psychiatry clerkship director. He has participated in our Interactions Program for the developmentally delayed. In addition, he conducts a clinical practice with expertise in adult psychiatry, depression, bipolar, thought and anxiety disorders, and other mental health crises.

His qualifications include Board Certification in Adult Psychiatry by the American College of Osteopathic Neurologists and Psychiatrists and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is also Forensic Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.


Bachelor of Science, Alma College, MI (1997)
Master of Science, Biomedical Sciences, Barry University, FL (1999)
Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine, Michigan State University, College of Osteopathic Medicine (2003)
Michigan State University Medical School Clerkship, Ingham Hospital (2003)
Neurology Emphasis Internship, Dually Accredited AMA and AOA, Sparrow Hospital, MI (2004)
Co-Chief Resident, Psychiatric Medicine Residency, Michigan State University (2007)
Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship, University of Florida (2008)


Mood disorders; medical-legal issues in psychiatry; psychiatric medication interactions; academic training; quality improvement


“Clinically Significant Interaction between Clozapine and Mirtazapine”, Andrea Goodrich PharmD BCPS, William Sanders DO MS; CPNP, Colorado Springs, Colorado, April 2013.

“Kratom an emerging concern with a long history”, Ali Saleem MD PGY2, Emily Frederiksen MD PGY2, William Sanders DO, MS, MPS meeting, Ann Arbor, Michigan, April 2016.

“Sudden Cardiac Death, MYBPC3 and Amphetamines”, Andrew Riegel, DO PGY3, William Sanders DO MS, MPS meeting, Ann Arbor, Michigan, April, 2017

“Improvement in Anxiety as a Predictor for Depression Response in Patients Undergoing ECT”,  Sara VanBronkhorst MD, William Sanders DO, MS Primary Investigator, Lou Nykamp MD, Eric Achtyes, MD, MS, Evonne Edwards, PhD, Ali Saleem MD, Darci Evans DO, MSW, Donna Ecklesdafer, MSN, RN APA Conference, San Diego, California May 2017.