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Please join The Friends of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA and the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital Board of Advisors for an Open Mind program on Living a Full and Meaningful Life with Bipolar Disorder with Devika Bhushan, MD, FAAP, former California Acting Surgeon General and the inaugural Chief Health Officer of the newly founded Office of the California Surgeon.  Dr. Bhushan is a pediatrician, public health leader, and writer. In her role as California Surgeon General, she was a key public health spokesperson and advisor to the California Governor and Secretary of Health and Human Services. She led policy and practice innovation at a statewide level, co-crafting and launching the first-in-the-nation $500 million ACEs Aware initiative, focused on healing from childhood adversity and enabling health equity for millions. 


Dr. Bhushan’s policy, research, and clinical expertise spans trauma-informed systems, mental health, and gender and health equity. She has served on Stanford’s faculty and her work has been featured in The Lancet, Pediatrics, and Healthy Children. Dr. Bhushan trained at Columbia (BA, Neuroscience and Behavior, Summa Cum Laude), Harvard (MD, Cum Laude), and Johns Hopkins (pediatrics residency).


Dr. Bhushan is also a leading voice in destigmatizing living with mental illness, having publicly shared her personal journey with bipolar disorder in The Los Angeles Times and National Public Radio (NPR). In sharing her story, she hopes to help anyone struggling know they are not alone — to have hope that with effective treatment, a full life is within reach. 


Having grown up between the Philippines, India, and the United States, Dr. Bhushan is an immigrant and a first-generation American. She lives in San Francisco with her long-time partner and their son.


Michael Gitlin, MD, Distinguished Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at UCLA and the Director of the Adult Division in the Department of Psychiatry will join Dr. Bhushan in conversation. 


Dr. Michael Gitlin, in addition to being the Director of Adult Division of Psychiatry, is the Interim Director of the Geriatric Division in the Department of Psychiatry, Medical Director of the Neuropsychiatric Behavioral Health Services and Director of the Mood Disorders Clinic at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital. From 1980 until 2004, he was the Medical Director of the Aftercare Clinic, a research clinic in schizophrenia. He is the author of over 160 scientific articles and book chapters as well as five books, including: two editions of a solo authored psychopharmacology textbook written for nonphysician therapists.  He served as Chief of Staff at the Neuropsychiatric Hospital from 1997-1999. Among his awards are: Distinguished Educator Award in Teaching from the UCLA Department of Psychiatry (1999), Outstanding Housestaff Teaching Award, 1994 and 2008, Teacher of the Year from the Psychiatric Times in 2002; Dadone Clinical Teaching award from the Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA in 2010; and the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine award from the Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA in 2010. 


This program will be moderated by award-winning author Terri Cheney who also lives with bipolar disorder.

To watch videos of our past Open Mind programs, please visit www.friendsofnpi.org/open-mind-videos, or our YouTube Channel.