Selena Chan, DO

Title(s)Assistant Professor, Psychiatry
SchoolSchool of Medicine
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    University of PittsburghB.S.2007Exercise Science
    Arizona College of Osteopathic MedicineD.O.2013Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
    University of HawaiiResidency2017Psychiatry
    University of California, San FranciscoFellowship2019Integrative Medicine
    University of California, San Francisco2019Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training
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    Department of Health and Physical Activity, University of Pittsburgh2008"Outstanding Undergraduate Student of the Year"
    Department of Psychiatry, University of Hawaii2017"Outstanding Research of the Year"
    Mount Zion Health Fund (MZHF)2018MZHF Travel Award
    School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco2020Staff Appreciation & Recognition Plan (STAR) Award
    Mount Zion Health Fund (MZHF)2021  - 2023PI: Sharing Humanity through Arts, Reflection, & Expression (SHARE)

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    Dr. Selena Chan is a board-certified psychiatrist whose approach to care integrates therapies from conventional medicine with evidence-informed treatments that enhance her patients' well-being and self-awareness. She specializes in values-based psychotherapy, exploring what patients find uniquely challenging, healing, or meaningful. She seeks to match healing modalities to each patient's lifestyle, culture, and goals through close attention to the many factors that may lead to either disconnection or harmony of mind, body, and spirit. Her expertise in biological and genetic testing allows her to make a comprehensive assessment of interactions among medications, supplements, herbal remedies, and foods.

    At the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Health, Dr. Chan serves as an Integrative Psychiatrist, Interim Director of Clinical Programs, and HS Clinical Assistant Professor. In these roles, Dr. Chan nurtures the individual and collective well-being of the Osher Center Patient Care team and develops interdisciplinary programs for the public, including Grand Rounds, Public Classes, and the Community Care Fund (CCF). CCF addresses the significant lack of treatment options for low-income and indigent patients by improving access to integrative health care (e.g., acupuncture, mind-body therapies, and supplements/botanicals). She currently leads a Mount Zion + Community project called Sharing Humanity through the Arts, Reflection, and Expression (SHARE) in partnership with Shanti, a nonprofit organization that builds human connections to reduce isolation and improve the quality of life in underserved and marginalized communities.

    Dr. Chan's training in multicultural, safety-net hospitals and diverse community settings fuels her commitment to finding creative, practical, accessible, and cost-effective treatments. She earned her doctorate at Midwestern University's Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine. During medical school, she was vice president of the integrative medicine club and sought to promote interdisciplinary health care and practitioner wellness. She completed a residency in psychiatry at the University of Hawai'i, followed by a fellowship in integrative medicine at UCSF. Prior to medical school, she worked at the University of Pittsburgh's Center for Integrative Medicine, where she coordinated medical student rotations and studied the body's inherent potential for healing.

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    1. Behavioral Medicine: A Guide for Clinical Practice (5th ed., LANGE). Chapter 35: Integrative Medicine. 2019. Chan, S, Hecht, R. View Publication.
    2. Cotard Syndrome: "I'm Dead, So Why Do I Need to Eat?". Prim Care Companion CNS Disord. 2016; 18(2). Solimine S, Chan S, Morihara SK. PMID: 27486535; PMCID: PMC4956420.
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    3. ACSM's Exercise Management for Persons with Chronic Diseases and Disabilities. American College of Sports Medicine. Chapter 26: Frailty. 2009. Bayles, CM, Chan, S, Robare, J.
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