Sanjaya Saxena, MD

Sanjaya Saxena, MD

Psychiatry La Jolla, CA

Director, UCSD Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders Program; Professor, UC San Diego Department of Psychiatry

Office Address

  • UCSD Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders Program
    8950 Villa La Jolla Drive, Suite C-207
    La Jolla, CA 92037
    Phone: (858) 246-1856
    Fax: (858) 534-8863

Sanjaya Saxena, MD

Psychiatry La Jolla, CA

Director, UCSD Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders Program; Professor, UC San Diego Department of Psychiatry


  • Dr. Saxena does research, clinical practice, and teaching in the UC San Diego Department of Psychiatry. He is the Director of the UCSD Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders (OCD) Program, and Professor of Psychiatry, UCSD School of Medicine. His research focuses on the neurobiology and treatment of OCD, Hoarding Disorder, and related disorders, using functional brain imaging to identify how treatments for these disorders work in the brain. He has authored or co-authored over 80 scientific articles and book chapters and has presented his work at many major national and international scientific meetings. He has received awards and grants from the American Psychiatric Association, American Neuropsychiatric Association, International OCD Foundation, and the National Institute of Mental Health. Dr. Saxena serves on the Scientific Advisory Board for the International OCD Foundation and was an advisor to the DSM-5 Workgroup on Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders. He and his colleagues developed the diagnostic criteria for Hoarding Disorder, which is now listed as a separate diagnosis in DSM-5. His research has garnered attention from local and national media, and he has been featured on ABC, CNN, Larry King Live, MSNBC, the Discovery Channel, National Public Radio, BBC News, the New York Times, and Time Magazine.

    Dr. Saxena has been elected into Best Doctors in America every year since 2005, and elected into Castle Connelly’s and US News & World Report’s America’s Top Doctors every year since 2008. He is also heavily involved in teaching psychiatric residents and medical students at UCSD and won a teaching award in 2007. He is also active in community education, giving many presentations for local, national, and international medical and mental health groups. Dr. Saxena also served as the psychiatric consultant for the motion picture, “As Good As It Gets” (Sony Pictures, 1997), in which the lead character, played by Jack Nicholson, suffered from OCD.

Clinical Specialties & Interests

  • Psychiatry: General Psychiatry, Neuropsychiatry
  • Clinical Interests: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Education & Training

  • UCLA Neuropsychiatric HospitalUCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital
  • University of Minnesota Medical SchoolUniversity of Minnesota Medical School

Certifications & Licensure

  • CA State Medical LicenseCA State Medical License1992 - 2016
  • American Board of Psychiatry and NeurologyPsychiatry

    Awards, Honors, & Recognition

    • America's Top DoctorsCastle Connolly, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009
    • Top Doctors:San Diego AreaCastle Connolly, 2013
    • Top Doctors:Southern CaliforniaCastle Connolly, 2012

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