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Donald Mordecai, MD

Psychiatry

Welcome to My Doctor Online, a website we developed to make it easier for you to understand and manage any mental health issues you may be facing. I hope you will find useful information here about my background and practice philosophy, as well as helpful links to mental health information, programs and resources. Also included are several online features that will allow you to e-mail me, check your laboratory results and refill prescriptions.

My Offices

San Jose Medical Center
Appt/Advice: 1-408-972-3095

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Professional

Background

I graduated in 1994 from Stanford University School of Medicine, where I also completed specialty training in adult, child and adolescent psychiatry in 1999. I am board certified in psychiatry with the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. I am particularly interested in working with adolescents and young adults, but I enjoy working with patients of all ages.

I did much of my training in Kaiser Permanente facilities, and through this experience I came to believe that Kaiser Permanente is an organization with its heart in the right place. Everyone in this organization understands that Kaiser Permanente thrives when our patients thrive. When healthcare organizations and patients' interests are aligned in this way, wonderful things can happen for people's health. I have come to believe this even more strongly since I joined the Kaiser Permanente staff in 2003.

I believe that attaining and maintaining mental health should be a collaborative process between a patient and physician and/or mental health provider. You are an expert on your own life experiences, symptoms, previous experiences with mental health treatment, and what has worked well for you to maintain your mental health in the past. The professional with whom you work brings his or her expertise on various forms of mental health treatment, and together you determine the treatment, or combination of treatments, that may work best for you.
 
Our department offers many best-practice and evidence-based treatments to help you feel better if you are troubled by psychological symptoms, including medication management under the supervision of a psychiatrist. We also offer a full range of treatment for substance abuse problems in our Chemical Dependency Services Division. We work with children and adolescents in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. We have a program available for our members in Gilroy at the Kaiser Permanente Gilroy Medical Offices. We also have a specialty program for the assessment of autism spectrum disorders.

There are many things which have been scientifically proven to promote improved mental health that do not include medications or therapy. These approaches include maintaining good relationships with people who are important to you, taking better care of yourself by getting enough good quality sleep, exercising in a way that is appropriate for your physical condition (you may want to consult your primary care physician before starting an exercise program), eating well and in a way that controls your weight, quitting smoking if you smoke, and avoiding excessive alcohol, caffeine, or harmful drugs.

I encourage you to keep all your appointments, and let us know ahead of time if you are not able to keep an upcoming visit with one of our clinicians. If you have any problem or have questions regarding your mental health medications, please call our clinic to talk to our advice nurse. You can get access to after hours advice by calling the main clinic number (972-3095). We have an excellent referral system which we can use to make appointments for you with other specialties, if needed.

I encourage you to utilize the links provided on my home page. I hope you have an excellent experience working with our department, and that you find the help you need to attain and maintain good mental health.

Credentials

Medical EducationStanford University School of Medicine,
Stanford, CA
ResidencyStanford University Hospital,
Stanford, CA
FellowshipStanford University Hospital,
Stanford, CA
Board CertificationPsychiatry,
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Hospital Admitting PrivilegesThis physician's practice does not require hospital admitting privileges
License
License Type
Status
State of Issue
A54644
Doctor of Medicine
05/31/2019 00:00:00
California

Other Information

Accepting New Patients StatusAccepting new patients, referral may be required
GenderMale
Languages SpokenEnglish
Interpreters are available upon request. Learn more at the Interpreter Services Information page
National Provider Identifier1306922836
Plan AffiliationProviders listed on the Kaiser Permanente Provider Directory are available to most members.
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