Alabama Psychiatry

Dr. Paulo Sales M.D.

Dr. Sales graduated as a Medical Doctor (M.D.) with Magna cum laude honors from Universidade Federal do Ceará as part of a unique training program sponsored by Brazil’s federal government that allowed him to absorb a year of clinical training at the Universitätsklinikum Aachen, the main hospital affiliated with the Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule in Aachen, Germany. Following this, he completed his Master’s in Science (M.S.) at Universidade Federal do Ceará, where he developed an innovative animal model of catatonia after examining the distinct effects of electromagnetic stimulation over the spinal cord of animals pre-treated with levodopa or haloperidol.

After practicing for about two years as an emergency room and intensive care doctor in Brazil, Dr. Sales pursued his passion for psychiatry and joined his residency program at the SUNY Health Sciences Center in Brooklyn, NY, where he graduated as a chief resident. After this, he furthered his clinical expertise as a fellow in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry at Brown University, where he became a subspecialist in the complex interface between multi-system medical conditions and psychiatry.

Before joining Alabama Psychiatry, Dr. Sales was an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Currently, he leads both national and international groups dedicated to providing equitable care for people living with HIV/AIDS.

At our Vestavia Hills clinic, Dr. Sales focuses on psychiatric issues related to complex medical conditions, including end-stage kidney disease, cardiovascular and lung conditions, cancer, HIV, and metabolic disorders.

Dr. Sales is here to provide compassionate care for your psychiatric needs in English, Spanish, Portuguese, or German. Every family is unique, and we want to ensure you receive the attention and support you deserve with a treatment plan that responds to who you are as a person as you navigate your journey toward well-being.