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  • I am a board-certified psychiatrist and an Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Utah School of Medicine, where for many years I was the Chief of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry. During this time I was a co-principal investigator on studies of critically ill ventilator-dependent patients who were experiencing acute confusional and psychotic states. During my career I have had an active forensic psychiatry practice serving on many high profile criminal cases and serving as an expert on approximately 160 civil cases. I have taught extensively in the School of Medicine behavioral science curriculum and in the psychiatry residency. I have also been active in teaching in the Medical Ethics and Humanities program. For several years I was active as a site investigator involving new psychotropic investigational medications and served on numerous advisory boards for psychotropic medications.
    Late in my career, I became a medical director for a large community mental health center and have committed that last part of my professional life to underserved and severely mentally ill patients. I am the founder of a non-profit free clinic that treats severely mental ill individuals who have no insurance and live at poverty levels. The clinic provides all care completely free. It is a training site for psychiatry residents, psychiatric nurse practitioner students and social work students. Impact Mental Health is seeking to make an impact in reducing homelessness and incarceration of the seriously ill, and is seeking to inspire a future generation of mental health clinicians to serve those who need us most.

Education & Training

  • UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital
    UCLA Neuropsychiatric HospitalResidency, Psychiatry, 1985 - 1988
  • UCLA Medical Center
    UCLA Medical CenterInternship, Transitional Year, 1984 - 1985
  • Loma Linda University School of Medicine
    Loma Linda University School of MedicineClass of 1984

Certifications & Licensure

  • UT State Medical License
    UT State Medical License 1988 - 2022
  • CA State Medical License
    CA State Medical License 1985 - Present
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Psychiatry

Publications & Presentations