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Biography - Itai Danovitch, MD, MBA, FAPA, DFASAM

Itai Danovitch, MD, MBA, FAPA, DFASAM

Itai Danovitch, MD, MBA, FAPA, DFASAM is the Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He earned his bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley, and his medical doctorate from UCLA. He completed psychiatry residency at Columbia, an addiction psychiatry fellowship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and a Master of Business Administration at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Prior to his current role, he served as Director of Addiction Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship at Cedars-Sinai. His current research is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). He is the author of over 60 articles and chapters, and co-editor of two books: Addiction—Psychiatric Clinics of North America, and The Assessment and Treatment of Addiction—Best Practices and New Frontiers.

Dr. Danovitch currently served as Director At Large on the ASAM Board of Directors, and is now serving as Region II Director. In addition, he serves on the Conference Planning Committee and Criteria Strategy Committee. He is a past President of the California Society of Addiction Medicine, where he served on numerous committees over the years, including the Board of Directors, Public Policy, Communications, Education, and Integration and Access to Systems of Care. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, and Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. In 2016, he was appointed by the Governor of California to serve as a Commissioner on the State Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three kids.