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Program Director's Welcome

Message from Dr. Zisook


What goes around, comes around. Twenty-seven years ago I began my tenure as residency training director here at UC San Diego and was lucky enough to help train over 200 of the best and brightest residents anyone could imagine, many of whom are national leaders in our field. Several ended up as my partners in residency training here at UC San Diego as Associate Directors, Site Directors, Service Chiefs and Vice-Chairs. What a joy and honor! About five years ago, I turned over the Program Director reins to one of those bright stars, Kristin Cadenhead. Together with her talented and dedicated group of Associate Training Directors – Ashley Clark, Isabel Domingues, Alana Iglewicz, Larry Malak and Sanjai Rao - and her two erstwhile Training Coordinators – Keisha Moore and Tracy Reilly - she both fortified the ongoing strengths of the program and added many innovative and novel touches of her own. The results are readily apparent in the marvelous group of residents I will be inheriting. Thank you, Kristin.  And thank you, Dr Daskalakis, for giving me the privilege of returning to the world of residency training as Interim Program Director.  My goals are to continue building on what is already an outstanding psychiatry training program.

I hope to work collaboratively with our residents, faculty and staff to help  develop tomorrow’s leaders in clinical care, education, research, and public service. We are committed to providing each of our residents the state-of-the-art knowledge, skills, services, and resources needed to become skilled and compassionate clinicians as well as more personalized opportunities for emersion in a variety of specialty programs and independent study projects.  We strive to cultivate a spirit of curiosity, self-reflection, and life-long learning as we prepare our residents for psychiatry’s present and future. Our highest priority is the health and wellbeing of our residents. Thus, we strive to promote and support a culture of wellbeing and community. Thus fortified, our residents, in turn, are in the best position possible to provide skilled and compassionate care to their patients and to meet their personal goals and aspirations.

Welcome to San Diego


Warm regards,

Sid Zisook