9095 Rio San Diego Dr. Suite 250, San Diego, CA 92108
PH: (619) 382 0881
Hi, I’m Russell Lim, MD. I was born and raised in California. I was a Health Science Clinical Professor at UC Davis for 21 years, and I am a graduate of the UC San Francisco Psychiatry program where I was Chief Resident at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, and of the UC San Diego School of Medicine, and was also on faculty at UCLA prior to UC Davis. I am a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), and received the Kung Po Soo Award from the APA in 2015 for contributions to understanding Asian American patients with mental health issues. I have presented at regional, national, and international medical and scientific conferences on Cultural Competence and Culturally Appropriate Assessment.
I specialize in Cultural Psychiatry, and I am the editor of the Clinical Manual of Cultural Psychiatry, First and Second Edition. I believe in a holistic approach, combining physical wellness, life planning, psychotherapy, including cognitive therapy, and medications if necessary through an empathic, mutually respectful, and empowering collaboration with the patient, and other members of the treatment team, including family members, an approach I learned as a medical director at a community mental health clinic. I believe that the doctor patient relationship is in and of itself therapeutic and I strive to create an environment where patients feel safe, knowing that their individual stories, experiences, needs, beliefs, and concerns will be heard and treated with respect. I enjoy building lasting therapeutic relationships. My patients are extremely loyal to me, and I appreciate that level of trust that they have given to our work together.
I have over 27 years of experience in office and community based practice, and your goals are my priority in your treatment and I will work with you to find strategies that suit your needs. I will do what it takes to help you to feel better and cope with your life problems. I welcome all identities, faiths, orientations, and beliefs. It would be my privilege to assist you with anxiety, depression, mood swings, compulsions, and other psychiatric problems. I also treat those who have life stressors and relationship or work life change issues in a caring and trusting manner helping the individual to learn more about themselves, improve their relationships, develop healthy coping skills, and make decisions that promote their overall well-being.
I am a Board certified Psychiatrist in practice since 2002. I graduated from University of Paris V Rene Descartes school of Medicine in Paris,France. I completed my 4 year Residency Program in Psychiatry at the State University of New York. I was elected as the chief resident on my last year and graduated as a adult psychiatrist in 2002. I completed a training in Hypnotherapy at the “Hypnotherapy Academy of America” in Albuquerque, NM in 2017. I was fortunate enough to have a life journey full of exposure to a variety of different cultures. My multi-cultural background combined with my compassion to help people led me to serve many communities of different cultural and spiritual backgrounds. My vision as a psychiatrist focuses on helping patients to discover their own inner strength and power. I believe that a strong connection and understanding of my patients will facilitate their journey to improvement and recovery under my professional guidance. I use different therapeutic methods such as psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, and meditation, tailored to each patient’s individual situation. I practice efficiently in 3 different languages (English, French, Farsi).