Itai Danovitch, MD

Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences

Associate Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Neurosciences

Thalians Health Center
8730 Alden Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90048





Itai Danovitch, MD

Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences

Associate Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Neurosciences

  • Psychiatry

Addiction Therapy

Anxiety Disorders



Itai Danovitch, MD, MBA, specializes in the assessment and treatment substance use disorders, as well as the integration of medical and mental health services. His current research is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). Dr. Danovitch is the author of over 60 articles and book chapters, and co-editor of two books on substance use disorders. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, Past President of the California Society of Addiction Medicine, and a recipient of the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 2016, Danovitch was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to serve as a Commissioner on the California Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission.

  • Medical School: UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, 2003
  • Residency: New York-Presbyterian/Columbia Medical Center, 2007
  • Fellowship: Cedars-Sinai, 2008
  • Master's: UCLA Anderson School of Management, 2013

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  • Commissioner, California Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission, 2016
  • Distinguished Fellow, American Society of Addiction Medicine, 2016
  • Fellow, American Psychiatric Association, 2014

Click here for a list of peer-reviewed publications.

  • Danovitch I, Vanle B, Van Groningen N, Ishak W, Nuckols T. Opioid Overdose in the Hospital Setting: A Systematic Review. J Addict Med. 2019 Apr 2.
  • Danovitch I, Kan D. The Addiction Benefits Scorecard: A Framework to Promote Health Insurer Accountability and Support Consumer Engagement. J Psychoactive Drugs. 2017;49(2):122-131. Epub 2017 Mar 17.
  • Dascal, J, Ishak W, Spiegel B, Reid M, Rosen B, Danovitch I. Virtual Reality and Medical Inpatients: A Systematic Review of Randomized, Controlled Trials. Innov Clin Neurosci. 2017;14(1-2):14-21.
  • Mosher H, Herzig SJ, Danovitch I, Boutsicaris C, Hassamal S, Wittnebel K, Dashti A, Nuckols T. The Evaluation of Medical Inpatients Who Are Admitted on Long-term Opioid Therapy for Chronic Pain. J Hosp Med. 2017. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Danovitch I. Post-traumatic stress disorder and opioid use disorder: A narrative review of conceptual models.J Addict Dis. 2016;35(3):169-179.
  • IsHak W, Lopez E, Steiner A, Kharazi P, Cedillo P, Nimmer M, Bellete N, Benji A, Berberyan R, Smith K, Naghdechi L, Yahia Jaffer K, Parisi L, Burnes-Bolton L, & Danovitch I. Evaluating the impact of depression screening in general hospitals: a pilot study of patient reported outcomes of quality of life, functioning, and psychiatric symptom severity. Int J Med Sci. 2016

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