Edward Kaftarian MD - Licensed Member
Specialty: Psychiatry, Addiction Medicine, Forensic Psychiatry, Telepsychiatry
Board Certified: Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry, Addiction Medicine
Edward Kaftarian, M.D. is an internationally recognized expert and pioneer in Telepsychiatry and founder of the field of study coined Cyberpsychiatry. He currently serves on the Telepsychiatry Committee for the American Psychiatric Association and is a member of the Steering Committee for PsychCongress, the largest independent mental health educational conference in the United States. 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. Through 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. As a representative for California Correctional Healthcare Services, Dr. Kaftarian has served alongside Federal Court monitors on extensive quality improvement audits for prisons throughout the State of California. 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.