Dr. Peter J. Panzarino, Jr., MD, is the former Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He is an Associate Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Dr. Panzarino is a Board Certified Psychiatrist and a graduate of Yale College and Yale Medical School. He pursued his interests in administrative psychiatry by completing advanced study in management at the Yale School of Organization and Management, and the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles, California. Dr. Panzarino was formerly Chief of Attendings at McLean Hospital in Boston and served on the faculty at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Panzarino combines his clinical practice with an ongoing interest in behavioral healthcare and has been involved in practice guidelines development and the integration of behavioral mental health with general medicine. His special interest is the impact of psychiatric illness, particularly depression, on physical health and illness. Prior to joining Cedars-Sinai, he served as Medical Director for Vista Health Plans in San Diego and served as a consultant to several large HMOs in the Northeast.
Dr. Panzarino is Immediate Past President and serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems. His numerous professional memberships include the American Psychiatric Association (Fellow), the American College of Physician Executives and the American College of Mental Health Administrators.
Dr. Panzarino is widely published in the field of psychiatry and behavioral medicine. His articles have appeared in a number of scholarly journals including the Quality Assurance Bulletin, The American Journal of Managed Care, The Journal of the Washington Academy of Science, and the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.