Edward Kaftarian MD - Licensed Member

Edward Kaftarian

Specialty: Psychiatry, Addiction Medicine, Forensic Psychiatry, Telepsychiatry

Board Certified: Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry, Addiction Medicine

Orbit Health Telepsychiatry

17412 Ventura Blvd., #1000
Encino, CA 91316


Edward Kaftarian, M.D. is an internationally recognized expert and pioneer in Telepsychiatry and Founder & CEO of Orbit Health Telepsychiatry. He currently serves on the Telepsychiatry Committee for the American Psychiatric Association. He is the former Vice Chair of Mental Health for the American Telemedicine Association. He has published several articles and book chapters on virtual health, including as co-author of the seminal paper, Best Practices in Videoconferencing-Based Telemental Health. Throughout this career, Dr. Kaftarian has served in a multitude of executive positions for the California prison system, including Chief Psychiatrist, Senior Psychiatrist, Medical Director, and Director of Pharmacy. For several years, Dr. Kaftarian served as Statewide Chief of Telepsychiatry for the California prison system. Under his leadership, the program transformed into the largest and most comprehensive correctional telepsychiatry program in the world. Dr. Kaftarian completed his psychiatry training at the world-renowned Johns Hopkins University. He is Board Certified in Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry, and Addiction Medicine.