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Patrick Marius Koga, M.D., M.P.H., President and CEO

A former political refugee from communist Romania, Dr. Koga received his education and training at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Timisoara, Romania, and Tulane School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine, New Orleans, USA. His work focuses on the disparity gap in mental health services for traumatized refugees and immigrants. Current affiliations and appointments: Associate Clinical Professor of Public Health at UC Davis School of Medicine, Researcher at UC Davis Center for Healthcare Policy & Research. Past appointments: Professor & Director of Trauma Center, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Palo Alto, Medical Director, Romanian Community Center of Sacramento, Visiting Professor of Psychiatry, Cambridge, UK, Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Tulane School of Medicine, Associate Adjunct Professor, Tulane School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine, Medical Director, Samaritan Counseling Center of Greater Sacramento, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Research interests: cultural, religious, and spiritual modulators of PTSD; fractal geometry modeling of psychiatric diagnosis, integration of transpersonal psychology in virtual reality interventions. For the past ten years he has given over 100 invited talks, presentations, and workshops in US, Africa, and Europe on PTSD. Dr. Koga is fluent in English and Romanian and has basic knowledge of Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Arabic, and Greek. Dr. Koga has a first hand experience of political oppression and imprisonment (Caransebes and Jilava prisons, Romania), asylum seeking (Padinska Skela, ex-Yugoslavia), and UNHCR refugee camp (Beograd, ex-Yugoslavia). A member of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA), Dr. Koga is the Founder of VIRTIS, an organization intended to develop into a center of expertise in global trauma.

Email: Patrick.Marius.Koga@virtis-ptsd.org

Division Overview

These problems and the significant demographic growth of the refugees in California poses serious challenges both for the immigrants and for the health care system- in particular, because these people do not fit official classifications of disadvantaged minorities due to their skin color. This racial and political invisibility in addition to their sociopolitical history, poverty, acculturation stress, unemployment, and stigma contribute to this population’s high risk for acute and chronic mental disorders, and to insufficiencies in mental health services.

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