Richard Joseph Moldawsky, MD
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I speak: English
My gender: Male
Where I practice
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I grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and attended public schools. After high school, I spent twelve years in Philadelphia, where I went to college at the University of Pennsylvania, and then Temple University for medical school and specialty training in psychiatry. Once I completed my training, I was ready for a big change, and moved to Southern California in 1979. For four years, I was on staff at UC Irvine, where I was in charge of an inpatient ward, taught medical students and residents, and saw my own patients. I worked closely with primary care physicians and helped develop their training program. I was an assistant clinical professor in both psychiatry and internal medicine. I discovered the research orientation of academic medicine was not for me, so in 1983, I joined Kaiser Permanente as a psychiatrist in the Bellflower area. In 2001, I transferred to Orange County. I worked at the Euclid Medical Offices in Anaheim, until 2011, when I moved to the Aliso Viejo Medical Offices. I was a psychiatry department chief and served on the hospital’s bioethics committee for ten years. I have about 25 contributions to professional journals.
About my practice
Each patient-doctor pairing is unique, and unless you know something ahead of time about the doctor you are going to see, it’s a little like a blind date. My focus has always been patient care. I believe that a key part of a physician’s job is to educate, and especially in psychiatry, to make what we do less mysterious. Much of psychiatric treatment involves medication, but it’s not for everybody. There is no single approach for everyone. I believe strongly in the value of psychotherapy, even with members whose treatment is primarily medication. Our first task together is to try to agree on how we understand the problem. Then we discuss whether treatment is necessary, including the pros and cons of the different kinds of treatment. It’s collaboration. I’ll tell you what I think and recommend, but the decision is yours.
How I thrive
I think that thriving is about having meaningful relationships and doing meaningful work. It’s about valuing things beyond yourself. It means taking care of yourself, of course, but part of that is not taking yourself too seriously. A sense of humor helps a lot too!