Itai Danovitch, MD, MBA

Chair, Department of Psychiatry 

Itai Danovitch, MD, MBA, is Chair for the Department of Psychiatry and the Director of Addiction Psychiatry.

In 2011, Dr. Danovitch was appointed to lead the reorganization of supportive mental health services throughout the Cedars-Sinai Health System, including inpatient medical and surgical areas, Emergency Department, Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute and the Comprehensive Transplant Center. Today, the Department of Psychiatry provides outstanding clinical service, cultivates community partnerships to oversee a continuum of care, fosters quality training opportunities for Cedars-Sinai and affiliated training programs, and engages in collaborative health services research.

Dr. Danovitch is the author of over 30 original articles and book chapters. He was co-editor of the 2012 Psychiatric Clinics of North America special edition on addiction. His research interests have focused on substance use disorders, particularly marijuana, as well as the integration of medical and mental health services. He has written on subjects ranging from the treatment of substance use disorders, to the psychological concept of "Quality of Life." As an educator, Dr. Danovitch has been recognized with the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Dr. Danovitch currently serves as President of the California Society of Addiction Medicine. He is also a member of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, American Society of Addiction Medicine, and is a past recipient of the American Psychiatric Association GlaxoSmithKline Fellowship for National Leadership in the field of Psychiatry. Most recently, he has served as a specialty consultant on marijuana to committees of the California Medical Association and the California Psychiatric Association.

Dr. Danovitch earned his bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley and his medical doctorate from the UCLA School of Medicine, now called the David Geffen School of Medicine. He completed a residency at Columbia, New York Presbyterian Hospital/New York State Psychiatric Institute, an addiction psychiatry fellowship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and earned a Master of Business Administration at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.