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About Me

I received my undergraduate degree from the University of California at Los Angeles, graduating Cum Laude. I then took time off, traveled and worked as a school teacher, all of which would provide me with invaluable lessons that still apply to my life as a physician.

I attended medical school at the University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine, in Los Angeles and completed residency in General Psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.  I was honored to receive the Judd Marmor Award for Excellence in Clinical Practice at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and was chosen as the Outstanding Resident by the Southern Calfornia Psychiatric Society.  I am Board Certified in Psychiatry and Neurology and completed training in Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP). 

In addition to my work in private practice, I am an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at USC Keck School of Medicine, and have lectured at the Cedars-Sinai Department of Psychiatry. I have worked as a Research Physician and in this capacity, I oversaw the testing of new medications, their efficacy and their effects on the human body.  I served as the Principal Investigator and/or Sub-Investigator on clinical trials studying the effects of psychotropic medications involved in the treatment of a wide range of psychiatric disorders. 

I believe it is important that psychiatrists are actively involved in understanding both the biological and psychological forces that shape who we are as human beings.  I feel I am uniquely situated in this regard and believe that this is what has lead to my success as a psychiatrist.

I am fluent in English, Spanish, and Farsi.


(310) 281-3365


Santa Monica Office

1460 7th St #201

Santa Monica, CA  90401

Hermosa Beach Office

1200 Artesia Boulevard, Suite 204

Hermosa Beach, California 90254

©2020 by Amir Ettekal, MD
Specializing in anxiety, depression, bipolar, OCD, schizophrenia,  ISTDP claustrophobia, panic attacks, social anxiety, OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), ADD/ADHD, relationship issues, career difficulties, sexual dysfunction, sports psychology, medication management, psychotherapy, talk therapy, counseling.