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Dr. Robert McCarron

Robert McCarron, D.O. completed a dual residency in internal medicine and psychiatry at Rush University and is now board certified in psychiatry, psychosomatic medicine and internal medicine. While on faculty as Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine, he was the founding training director of the only California based combined internal medicine / psychiatry residency program. In this role, he was recently awarded a $2.6 million grant from the California Department of Mental Health to create, replicate and implement a “Med Psych” curriculum that can be used by other primary care practitioner training programs. He oversees the UC Davis Med Psych clinic, where he serves as Director of medicine and psychiatry residency education. He is also the Director of Pain Psychiatry, within the UC Davis Department of Anesthesiology, Division of Pain Medicine. Dr. McCarron has numerous publications in the areas of unexplained physical complaints, depression and anxiety in the primary care setting, metabolic syndrome and medical / psychiatric education. He has edited two textbooks; one with a focus on teaching the essentials of primary care based psychiatry and one providing an innovative approach to teaching psychiatrists the essentials of preventive and collaborative care medicine. He spends much of his time consulting on how best to provide “cross disciplinary training” at the interface of primary care medicine, chronic pain management and psychiatry. Dr. McCarron served as co-chair for a statewide project that supported the integration of primary care and behavioral health for several counties in California and is chair of the California Psychiatric Association Committee on Integrated Care. Dr. McCarron is the immediate past president of the Central California Psychiatric Society. He served as a recent past president of the Association of Medicine and Psychiatry, a national organization with the mission of promoting general medical and psychiatric clinical research, patient care and medical education. Dr. McCarron is the Medicine / Psychiatry Section editor for Current Psychiatry and an Associate Editor for The Primary Care Companion For CNS Disorders. He represents California as an American Psychiatric Association Assembly member. He has received recognition for his leadership in both internal medicine and psychiatric education from the UC Davis School of Medicine Vice Chancellor, the American College of Physicians, the Association of Medicine and Psychiatry and the American Psychiatric Association.