Loren A. Olson M.D.


Loren A. Olson, M.D., is a board certified psychiatrist and a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.  He was recognized in 2009 by the National Alliance on Mental Illness with the "Exemplary Psychiatrist" award. 

After receiving his undergraduate and medical degree from the University of Nebraska, he completed his rotating internship at Bryan Memorial Hospital in Lincoln, NE. Dr. Olson then completed flight surgeon training, serving as a flight surgeon with the United States Navy for four years, followed by his residency in psychiatry at the Maine Medical Center in Portland, ME. He started his psychiatric physician practice in Maine in 1976 as a solo practitioner. Among other career advancements, he served as the medical director of psychiatry at Mercy Medical Center and Mercy Clinics along with other clinic and hospital roles until 2001 when he opened another solo practice in Des Moines, Innovative Psychiatric Care PC.

He is a member of the American Medical Association and the American Psychiatric Assocation and was board certified in 1975 by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is licensed in the state of Iowa.

Dr. Olson wrote the book Finally Out: Letting Go of Living Straight, a Psychiatrist's Own Story and is a popular speaker on the subjects of mental illness and gay and lesbian health.