I’m honored and excited to serve as the incoming Chair of the Board for CSAP. With Central California Psychiatric Society joining CSAP, all five of the American Psychiatric Association’s California District Branches are reunited under one state advocacy organization. As the only such organization, I look forward to being a part of CSAP as we advocate on behalf of our patients and our communities and ensure that physicians’ voices are heard in Sacramento and throughout the state. The other Board Members and I are committed to CSAP’s foundational values of transparency and accountability, as we maintain focus on CSAP’s mission of ensuring that quality psychiatric care is recognized and delivered as an essential healthcare service, that psychiatrists are actively involved in this legislative process, and that California’s psychiatrists are able to deliver the best care possible to their patients. Over this next year, I look forward to learning from and working with the other Board Members including the outgoing Chair of the Board Dr. Roula Creighton, GA Committee Members and other District Branch representatives, and of course Mr. Yoder.
-Takeo Toyoshima, MD, MRO
Dr. Takeo Toyoshima, MD, MRO, is a Yale, UCLA, and UCSF-trained general, addiction, and forensic psychiatrist. He currently serves as the Medical Director for the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center’s Drug and Alcohol Treatment Clinic. He is as an Assistant Clinical Professor at UCSF and the Associate Program Director and VA Site Director for the UCSF Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship, where he supervises and teaches medical students, psychiatry residents, addiction and forensic psychiatry fellows, and trainees of other disciplines such as psychology, nursing, and social work. After completing undergraduate studies at Yale and his MD at UCLA, he completed psychiatry residency, addiction psychiatry fellowship, and forensic psychiatry fellowship at UCSF. He is triple boarded by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in general, addiction, and forensic psychiatry. His areas of expertise are in treating addictions and co-occurring psychiatric disorders as well as in treating criminal justice-involved patients with such conditions.
Dr. Toyoshima concurrently operates a private practice clinic. As one of the only Japanese-speaking psychiatrists in the United States, he treats psychiatric and substance use disorders with a niche in providing psychiatric care in Japanese to ex-pats and Japanese Americans. He conducts forensic examinations and provides expert witness testimony at the request of attorneys and the courts in his forensic practice.
Dr. Toyoshima presently serves as the Vice President of the Northern California Psychiatric Society and is the Board Chair of the California State Association of Psychiatrists. He is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Other organizational associations include the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, American Society of Addiction Medicine, and California Society of Addiction Medicine.