Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship— Chief Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellow
8700 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048
University of California Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley VA Psychiatry Residency Program—Adult Psychiatry Resident
16111 Plummer Street, Bldg. 10 Edu. Office (116A3), North Hills, CA 91343
Drexel University College of Medicine —Medical Student, MD
2900 W Queen Ln, Philadelphia, PA 19129
University of California San Diego —BS in Psychology
9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, CA 92093
Miller Children’s and Women’s Hospital —2801 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA 90806
March 2014- present
-inpatient and outpatient setting with Medi-cal population, work with children and adolescents with comorbid psychiatric issues. Provide assessments and medication recommendations as well as clinic every Wednesday at the Bickerstaff Pediatric HIV clinic. Also take 24 hr call 15 days per month for inpatient psychiatric consults.
Community Hospital of Long Beach —1720 Termino Ave, Long Beach, CA 90804
March 2010-June 2018
-Director of Inpatient Psychiatric Unit.
-Admit and treat patients in the inpatient psychiatric unit, medical floor, and emergency room.
Huntington Memorial Hospital —100 W California Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105
August 2010-present
-Attending Psychiatrist at the Della Martin inpatient psychiatric unit, and psychiatric consultant for medical floor and emergency room.
-On call for Child/Adolescent Psychiatric consults in ER and Pediatric unit.
The Children’s Clinic —455 E Columbia St, Long Beach, CA 90806
March 2015-present
-Outpatient Adult Psychiatry clinic.
-Work with predominantly Medi-cal population as a consultant to PCP for medication recommendations.
-8-10 patients a week, every Monday.
El Centro Del Pueblo —1157 Lemoyne St, Los Angeles, CA 90026
May 2010-present
-Outpatient Child and Adolescent Psychiatry clinic.
-Work with predominantly Spanish speaking Medi-cal families.
-8-10 patients a week, every Friday.
Occidental College —1600 Campus Rd,
Los Angeles, CA 90041
Dec 2010-present
-Chief Psychiatrist treating students at Emmons Student Health Thursdays.
Para Los Ninos —1617 E 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90021
March 2015-present
-Outpatient Child and Adol. Psychiatry clinic.
-Work with predominantly Spanish speaking Medi-cal families.
-8-10 patients a week, every Tuesday.
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship —8700 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048
July 2008- June 2010
-Chief Child Psychiatry Fellow, saw an average of 10-15 outpatient clients weekly for medication management.
-One year experience at an inpatient residential facility for children through Cedars Fellowship at Hathaway-Sycamores, saw 15 patients a month, every Tuesday and Thursday. Worked mostly with Conduct disorder, PTSD and substance abuse issues with multiple socioeconomic stressors.
-Treated children with Autism, ADHD, OCD, Tourette’s, Asperger’s, Schizophrenia, Bipolar, PTSD, Substance Abuse, Physical and Sexual Abuse.
-Conducted three weekly family therapy cases and used systems based Family Therapy on a weekly basis in addition to med management since start of two year Fellowship.
Olive View Medical Center —14445 Olive View Dr, Sylmar, CA 91342
July 2005- September 2011
-Completed Intern Year of UCLA Residency at OVMC in Internal Medicine. -Moonlighting in Psychiatric ER, Inpatient Psych, and Consult & Liaison.
-Saw an average of 10-15 patients on any given day.
Practicum Student Therapist —16111 Plummer Street, Bldg. 10 Education Office (116A3), North Hills, CA 91343
June 2006- June 2008
-Conducted weekly outpatient therapy sessions at the Sepulveda VA ranging from high functioning to chronically mentally ill patients.
-Maintained 14 long-term weekly therapy clients and 7 short-term therapy clients per year.
-Saw an average of 6 new patients a week for medication clinic in addition to therapy patients. Also ran a relationship and PTSD group with co-resident for one year on a weekly basis.
The Scripps Research Institute — 10550 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037
September 1999- June 2001
Laboratory Research Assistant for Primary Investigators: Laura O’Dell(PhD) and Larry Parsons(PhD).
Description: performed stereotactic microsurgery, ran research protocols in self administration chambers and conducted research on the role of the Serotonin 1B Receptor activation in the Mesolimbic Dopamine system and the implications of this on cocaine addiction. Assisted in gathering and analyzing data.
USMLE Step 1 – 198(Pass), June 2003
USMLE Step 2 CK – 189(Pass), Nov 2004
USMLE Step 2 CS – Pass, Aug 2004
USMLE Step 3 – 189(Pass), Dec 2006
Medical Board of California License #A99007, Feb 2007-present
ABPN Adult Psychiatric Oral and Written Boards passed on Feb 2011
ABPN Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Oral (Passed 04/15) and Written Boards (Passed 02/17)
Kurkjian, A. Paul. “The Role of Serotonin 1B Receptor Activation in the Mesolimbic Dopamine System and the
Implications in Cocaine Addiction” 2000 UCSD Summer Research Conference
Kurkjian, A. Paul. “Guilt and Shame” Cedars Sinai Medical Center. Powerpoint Presentation for Dr. Naqvi’s
psychopharmacology clinic treatment team
Clinical trial at Cedars-Sinai with Dr. Naqvi: “Prescribing Patterns in Children.” 2009-2010
“To Medicate or Not”: El Centro Del Pueblo December 2011, and various grand rounds since 2010
“Problemas Psiquiatricas en Niños y Adolescentes”: lecture in Tepetlixpa, Mexico May 2011
Quarterly lectures at Green Dot Public Schools for parent education on mental illness since 2010