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Steve Koh, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A.

Steve Koh

Candidate for 2024 Treasurer

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Steve Koh, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., is HS Clinical Professor and Chief of General Psychiatry Division and Director of Community Psychiatry Program at University of California, San Diego. He is Board Certified in Adult and Geriatric Psychiatry and carries certification for Community Psychiatry from American Association of Community Psychiatry.

Dr. Koh graduated from Johns Hopkins University and medical school at UC San Diego. He received Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Masters in Business Administration from Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business. He finished his internship at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City, general psychiatry residency at UC San Diego and geriatric psychiatry fellowship at UC San Diego.

At UCSD Department of Psychiatry, he is the Chair of the Compensation Committee, member of the Clinical Council, and oversees its Oncall, Clinical Training, Quality Improvement and Measurement Based Care initiatives. He also serves the wider UCSD community on the Interdisciplinary Practices Council. Dr. Koh has had research support and funding at Johns Hopkins Lipid Research Laboratories, Palo Alto VA Hospital, Intramural Program of NIH at National Institute of Aging, UC San Diego Dept. of Psychiatry, Hartford Foundation Center of Excellence, San Diego Hospice and Institute for Palliative Care, and T-32 NIH program. He currently has grants and contract support from HCAI, HRSA, SAMHSA, San Diego County BHS, and Price Philanthropies.

Dr. Koh currently serves on Government Affairs Committee for California State Association of Psychiatrists, President-elect of San Diego County Medical Society, Member of Finance and Audit committee and Social Determinants of Health Committee member of American Psychiatric Association. He is Educational Committee Chair for the San Diego County Alzheimer’s Disease project and member of California Medical Association’s telehealth committee. Dr. Koh is Past President of the San Diego Psychiatric Society, Association of Korean American Psychiatrists, and Board of San Diego NAMI, and Past representative on the Board of American Psychiatric Association, and American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry. Dr Koh has been active on APA Council on Advocacy and Government Relations, Quality Improvement and Political Action Committees, and past Chair of APA Early Career Psychiatrists.

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