Committee Chair Bios

Barton J. Blinder, M.D.

Upload: September 21, 2016

Dr. Blinder currently holds a private practice in general adult and child/adolescent psychiatry and adult/child psychoanalysis in Newport Beach, California. In addition, Dr. Blinder is actively involved with the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), where he is a Clinical Professor and past Director of Eating Disorders Research Studies. He has recently served as Editor of the Newsletter of the UCI School of Medicine Clinical Faculty Organization (2000 to present) {past President 1998-2000}. In 2004, he received a special award for outstanding contributions to the Clinical Faculty and was elected, “Teacher of the Year,” by the Residents of the Department of Psychiatry.

Dr. Blinder has an extensive research background in the area of eating disorders and frequently publishes material on the subject. A nationally recognized authority on the psychiatric aspects of eating disorders, Dr. Blinder has given presentations at many national and international meetings. He has served as chairman for several national conferences and meetings on the subject of eating disorders. He is a member of the Society for The Study of Ingestive Behavior (SSIB), The American Academy of Eating Disorders (Distinguished Fellow), and The Eating Disorder Research Society.

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Blinder received his bachelor's in psychology. He went on to receive his medical degree from the same university in 1964. He received additional training in adult and child psychiatry also at the University of Pennsylvania and at the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic. He is a graduate and member of the Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute (now the New Center for Psychoanalysis). He is also board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Adult and Child Psychiatry. Dr. Blinder is a Distinguished Life Fellow of both the American Psychiatric Association and American Academy of Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. Recently (1996-2001), Dr. Blinder served as a member of the Commission on Psychotherapy in Psychiatry and committees on practice guidelines, scientific program, peer review, managed care and membership. He was appointed Chair of the APA Caucus of Psychiatrists who treat Eating Disorders (2000). In 2003, he received the Thomas Riley Award of the Orange County Mental Health Association for outstanding service to the community.

Dr. Blinder is a member of numerous societies including the California Psychiatric Association (member of the Council), the Orange County Psychiatric Society (past President, 1980; APA Assembly Representative 1986 to present), and the Southern California Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (past President, 1989).

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Vivien Chan, M.D.
Orange County Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Committee

Bio coming soon!

Roula Creighton, M.D.
Social Committee

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Laura Dardashti, M.D.
Government Affairs Committee

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David Davis, M.D.
Co-Chair, Investment Committee

Dr. David Davis has been practicing psychiatry in Orange County for 38 years, and specifically in Newport Beach for 21 years. This means that he has seen just about everything and knows what works.
Dr. Davis differentiates himself from other psychiatrists in a number of ways. He keeps his patients on track, and he does not waste time, reducing overall treatment costs. In the initial evaluation, he tries to discover the root cause of the problem which can often provide significant relief, as well as optimism about improving.

Dr. Davis has many years of training in psychodynamic psychotherapy, which makes him a master of uncovering and understanding the unconscious mental life, such as interpreting dreams.
Dr. Davis is recognized as a premier psychiatrist and was honored to have received The Orange County Magazine – Physicians of Excellence Award for Psychiatry in 2005, 2015, and 2016. Dr. Davis is not only a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology, but he is also a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a designation granted to only a small percentage of psychiatrists.

Dr. Davis has extensive experience in all classes of psychotropic medication management. He utilizes the newest, cutting-edge technologies, such as “GeneSight” and “MYnd Analytics,” to assist him in choosing the medication most likely to work best for his patients. These are much more accurate approaches to prescribing medications than primarily relying on clinical symptoms.

In conclusion, Dr. Davis provides excellence and expertise in both psychotherapy and medication management. He wants to help people to lead happy and fulfilling lives. As a free bonus, he often uses humor to give his patients an easier and more relaxed way to look at their life challenges (valid while supplies last)!

Julie Giglio, M.D.
Ethics Committee

Dr. Giglio grew up in Northern California (Ukiah, Napa and Santa Cruz). She attended Stanford University and received her Bachelor’s degree in Human Biology and a Master’s Degree in Biological Sciences. She then attended University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville, VA. Her residency and child & adolescent Psychiatry fellowship were completed at UC Irvine Medical Center.

She has been in active clinical Private Practice of Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry in Tustin, CA for 25 years, and has been Board Certified since 1996. She continues to treat patients with psychotherapy in addition to psychopharmacology. She has been a member of OCPS and APA since 1988, and has served on the Public Speaking and Ethics Committees, and Women’s Forum Mentorship Program. She has been a Fellow of the APA since 2003. She has served as an Assistant Clinical Professor on the volunteer faculty for the UC Irvine Medical Center Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior for many years, supervising residents or fellows especially with psychotherapy cases.

In addition to providing low-cost and free psychiatric care through local organizations, Dr. Giglio is actively involved in community activities through choral music and church volunteer work, including trips to Mexico, Israel and South Africa. She has volunteered in local schools and in many locations as a member of the National Charity League. She has been married to Dr. Mark Giglio (Family Medicine at St. Jude’s in Fullerton) for 33 years and they have 3 grown children.

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Jeffrey Glass, M.D.
Government Affairs Committee

Bio coming soon!

Chair to be announced
Access to Care Committee

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Douglas Kahn, M.D.
Co-Chair, Investment Committee

As Dr. Kahn is also a Councilor for OCPS, please see previous page for his bio.

Anthony M. Kassir, M.D.
Information Technology Committee

Upload: November 30, 2016Anthony M. Kassir, M.D. is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and Faculty of the California Institute for Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy.

Dr. Kassir was raised in Coronado, California; Dubai; and Saudi Arabia. He attended high schools in Coronado and Switzerland. Following his undergraduate education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he majored in Biology and minored in Jazz Harmony and Arranging, he worked for a year as a chemist at a biotech company in La Jolla, California. Subsequently he began his medical and postgraduate training at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Kassir completed his residency in 1999 as Chief Resident at UCI Medical Center’s Neuropsychiatric Institute. Since completing his residency, Dr. Kassir has maintained a private practice in psychiatry in Orange County, California. His practice located in the city of Newport Beach.

Dr. Kassir has served as a member of the Executive Council of the Orange County Psychiatric Society since 1998 in a variety of positions including Secretary, Councilor, and his current position, Chair of the Information Technology Committee.

Practicing with an emphasis on comprehensive integrated treatment, Dr. Kassir specializes in the application of various forms of psychotherapy, and enjoys facility in the use of psychotropic medication. Dr. Kassir has 9 years of training in Davanloo's Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy including 5 years in the Montreal Core Supervision Group under the direct supervision and tutelage of Habib Davanloo, M.D., the creator of ISTDP. In 2007, Dr. Kassir was selected by Dr. Davanloo as one of 2 doctors worldwide who received the rare privilege of 18 hours of live closed-circuit supervision by Dr. Davanloo, with an additional 48 hours of videotaped supervision, in the Montreal Training Program on Mobilization of the Unconscious and Block Therapy, a modern extension of ISTDP. The program culminated in Dr. Kassir's presentation of his work by invitation of Dr. Davanloo at the Audiovisual Immersion Course in Montreal, Canada, in October, 2007, to an international audience. With other faculty members of the California Institute for Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy, he has provided Continuing Medical Education instruction in the technique of ISTDP to physician audiences.

Dr. Kassir engaged in various pursuits over the years including music composition and live performances with rock and jazz bands in Boston and California. Other pursuits have included performance juggling, mountaineering and skiing in the Swiss Alps, and everything Apple and Macintosh.

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Matthew N. Koury, M.D., M.P.H.
Chair, Sports Psychiatry Committee

Upload: September 22, 2016Matthew N. Koury, M.D., M.P.H. is in clinical practice in Newport Beach and on faculty at UCLA. He is the founder and director of the Mind Health Institute, Newport Beach which is a growing multidisciplinary mental health clinic focused on providing evidence-based mental health services at the community level. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in both General Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Additionally, he is involved in several community-based health initiatives as well as the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at both the regional and national level. The Mind Health Institute, Newport Beach also provides sponsorship to various community programs and is committed to helping educate the community as a whole about quality mental health care including the responsible use of psychopharmacological interventions. Lastly, Dr. Koury is involved in Sports Psychiatry, serves as a consultant for the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers, and is spearheading the formation of the Sports Psychiatry committee for the Orange County Psychiatric Society.

Katy Lunny, M.D.
Women's Forum Committee

Bio coming soon!

John Luo, M.D.
Education Committee

Bio coming soon!

Lesley MacArthur, M.D.
Membership Committee

Dr. MacArthur is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and has a solo private practice in Newport Beach. Over many years, she has held a number of positions with the Orange County Psychiatric Society.   A strong believer in the role of organized psychiatry in advocating for our patients and our profession, she is dedicated to building and retaining a strong  membership.

Ben Nguyen, M.D.
RFM Co-Chair, Information Technology Committee

Bio coming soon!

Thomas Okamoto, M.D.
Government Affairs Committee

As Dr. Okamoto is also a Councilor for OCPS, please see previous page for his bio.

Andrew Park, M.D.
RFM Co-Chair, Information Technology Committee

Bio coming soon!

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