Kai MacDonald, MD


Dr. Kai MacDonald is board-certified in Addiction Medicine. Though he has focused his professional practice in Psychiatry, he is also trained in Family Medicine. Dr. Macdonald has particular clinical experience in Addiction Medicine, serving as Medical Director of Lasting Recovery Outpatient Treatment Center for over 10 years.

Dr. MacDonald also has expertise in mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and ADD/ADHD. He has considerable training in brain-based medication treatment (psychopharmacology), general medical issues, and psychotherapy. He has extensive training in short-term dynamic therapy. He is an experienced QME (qualified medical examiner) for fitness for duty examinations, and has served as an expert witness in forensic psychiatry many times.

At the University of California, San Diego, Dr. MacDonald has participated as an investigator in dozens of clinical research trials in adult ADHD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, major depressive disorder, and anxiety. He has published extensively in the neuroscience field. He was a Principal Investigator in the UCSD Oxytocin Clinical Research Program.  He has authored or co-authored peer-reviewed articles on ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, trauma, and anxiety.

Dr. MacDonald is actively involved in teaching physicians in training and other community professionals on these subjects. With two other colleagues, he designed and serves as a faculty member in a nationally recognized program that teaches physicians in practice about healthy relationships in health care. Dr. MacDonald served as the Assistant Director of the Consult-Liaison Psychiatry Service at UCSD Medical Center.