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Gerald Ray Watkins, MD

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My specialty:
Psychiatry

My provider affiliation:
Kaiser Permanente provider

I speak: English

My gender: Male

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About me

I have worked for Kaiser Permanente as a full-time staff psychiatrist for more than 30 years, beginning at the Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center on Sunset Boulevard on August 7, 1978, where I worked for 25 years before coming out to the Antelope Valley to work as a full-time psychiatrist at the Kaiser Permanente Behavioral Health Clinic in Lancaster on August 18, 2003. I spent most of the four years of my residency at the Sepulveda VA Medical Center. During my first five years at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center, I spent at least one-third of my time working directly with hospitalized psychiatric patients, many of whom were severely depressed and needed careful, compassionate attention.

Biography

I grew up in the Midwest in a major suburb of Chicago, went to school as an undergraduate at Valparaiso University in Indiana, and then went first to graduate school for psychopharmacology and then to medical school at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. I had always been interested in psychology and psychiatry, ever since I was a teenager watching the TV series

About my practice

I have many years of experience in treating chronic, severe, and treatment-resistant psychiatric conditions, including affective (depressive and manic-depressive), psychotic, anxiety, attention-deficit, and impulse-control disorders. I also very much enjoy talking with my patients, many of whom I have known and treated for almost as long as I have worked at Kaiser Permanente. I believe in advocating for my patients, many of whom, because of their emotional problems, are unable to advocate for themselves. I try to be as genuine and candid as possible with them.

How I thrive

I exercise, walk, and hike as much as possible, go to plays and movies, meet with my monthly literature group (of which I have been a member for over 30 years), and travel throughout the country and the world as much as possible (including France, where I have relatives). I enjoy being with lifelong friends and family, my wife of over 30 years, and my two daughters, now both grown and living on their own.

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My Provider type

Physicians and Surgeons

Medical groups and plans

Southern California Permanente Medical Group

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Psychiatry Department
44444 20th St W, Lancaster, CA 93534

Contact information

  • Addiction Medicine appointments
  • 661-951-0070
  • Behavioral Health Care Member Help Line (after-hours, weekends and holidays)
  • 1-800-900-3277 (toll free)
  • California Relay Service
  • 711 (TTY for the hearing/speech impaired)
  • Psychiatry appointments
  • 661-951-0070

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My training, certifications and licensing

Medical school

University of Minnesota School of Medicine
Minneapolis , MN

Board certification

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Medical training

Internship

Psychiatry

Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
Los Angeles , CA

Residency

Psychiatry

Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
Los Angeles , CA

Joined Permanente Medical Group

1978

Active license information

License number

G31539

License type

PHYSICIAN AND SURGEON

License issuing state

CALIFORNIA

National Provider Identifier (NPI)

1417005208
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My hospitals

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13652 Cantara St, Panorama City, CA 91402

I have admitting privileges at this hospital.

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12/09/2018