Seritan receives Exceptional Physician Award

UC San Francisco Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences faculty member Andreea L. Seritan, MD, has been recognized with a 2023-2024 UCSF Health Exceptional Physician Award for delivering world-class patient care and embodying the organization's PRIDE Values. The honor was announced during UCSF's celebration of National Doctors Day on March 28, 2024.

Seritan is a professor of clinical psychiatry and neurology and a geriatric psychiatrist specializing in treating patients with advanced movement disorders and their associated psychiatric symptoms. Her research focuses on managing behavioral aspects of neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson's.

She was selected in recognition of her continued commitment to improving patient outcomes and her development of several innovative clinical programs, including an embedded psychiatry practice in the UCSF Movement Disorders and Neuromodulation Center, and a consultation model that combines psychotherapy and medication management.

UCSF Health president and CEO Suresh Gunsekaran also hailed Seritan's contributions as an educator and mentor for numerous medical students, residents, and fellows, as well as her work to restructure and revitalize the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences' faculty mentoring program.

"As anyone who knows Andreea is aware, her commitment to providing outstanding patient care and practicing our PRIDE values across a multitude of roles is second to none," noted department chair Matthew W. State, MD, PhD. "Her selection for this honor by a committee of UCSF Health leaders is well deserved."

Honoring excellence in health care for more than two decades

The Exceptional Physician Awards have been given annually since 2003 to a few UCSF Health physicians for exemplary demonstration of the health system’s values in their clinical practice and interaction with patients, faculty and staff. All UCSF Health attending physicians, residents, and fellows are eligible for nomination.

Seritan is the fourth Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences faculty clinician to receive the honor, joining colleagues Eva Ihle, MD, PhD (2023); Emma Samelson-Jones, MD (2018); and Maga Jackson-Triche, MD, MSHS (2020).

About UCSF Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

The UCSF Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute are among the nation's foremost resources in the fields of child, adolescent, adult, and geriatric mental health. Together they constitute one of the largest departments in the UCSF School of Medicine and the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, with a mission focused on research (basic, translational, clinical), teaching, patient care, and public service.

UCSF Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences conducts its clinical, educational, and research efforts at a variety of locations in Northern California, including the UCSF Nancy Friend Pritzker Psychiatry Building; UCSF Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital; UCSF Medical Centers at Parnassus Heights, Mission Bay, and Mount Zion; UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals in San Francisco and Oakland; Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center; the San Francisco VA Health Care System; UCSF Fresno; and numerous community-based sites around the San Francisco Bay Area.

About the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences

The UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, established by the extraordinary generosity of Joan and Sanford I. "Sandy" Weill, brings together world-class researchers with top-ranked physicians to solve some of the most complex challenges in the human brain.

The UCSF Weill Institute leverages UCSF’s unrivaled bench-to-bedside excellence in the neurosciences. It unites three UCSF departments—Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Neurology, and Neurological Surgery—that are highly esteemed for both patient care and research, as well as the Neuroscience Graduate Program, a cross-disciplinary alliance of nearly 100 UCSF faculty members from 15 basic-science departments, as well as the UCSF Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases, a multidisciplinary research center focused on finding effective treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and other neurodegenerative disorders.

About UCSF

The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is exclusively focused on the health sciences and is dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. UCSF Health, which serves as UCSF’s primary academic medical center, includes top-ranked specialty hospitals and other clinical programs, and has affiliations throughout the Bay Area.