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

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Dr. Danovitch 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, where he was recognized with the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Dr. Danovitch’s research interests are focused on substance use disorders, as well as the integration of medical and mental health services. He is the author of over 50 original articles and book chapters. He was co-editor of the 2012 Psychiatric Clinics of North America special edition on addiction. Dr. Danovitch is a Past President of the California Society of Addiction Medicine, and has served on numerous committees at over the past ten years, including 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 Governor Jerry Brown to serve as a Commissioner on the California Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three kids.

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