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Irina Filip, MD

Psychiatrist
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About Irina Filip, MD

Dr. Filip is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist who specializes in diagnosing and treating mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders. She has an extensive background and training in psychopharmacology and, in addition to her Doctor of Medicine, has completed her Doctor of Health Sciences.

Understanding that people come to see a psychiatrist for a variety of reasons yet share the same pain, Dr. Filip will meet her patients in that vulnerable spot in a caring and sensitive way, helping them find their strengths to feel more confident and recognize they are not alone in their struggles. Perhaps emotional reactions that once served well may no longer do so. For her, each person has a unique makeup of personality traits and has the right to be heard and understood, finding comfort and safety in sharing their emotions in an encouraging, empathetic and warm environment. Her therapeutic approach is to mutually arrive at an understanding of the problem through active listening and social perceptiveness and develop a holistic plan by using critical thinking and complex problem-solving skills.

When working with a patient, she assesses the risks, develops an individualized treatment plan, and may order laboratory and diagnostic tests. She believes that the thoughtful use of psychopharmacology, combined with psychotherapy and other noninvasive treatments, helps in treating the person as a whole and not merely treating the symptoms.

Dr. Filip developed a special interest in Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) as a non-invasive and effective therapy for treatment-resistant depressive disorders. TMS produces painless repetitive magnetic pulses targeting the deeper limbic system, which is vital in regulating emotional responses. It activates the brain regions that have a decreased activity in depression.

She joined TMS Health Solutions in the Spring of 2020.

personal interests

Dr. Filip enjoys traveling when she has time. Having lived overseas for many years, it is nice to go back to Europe and visit with family and friends

Certifications & Memberships

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry

American Medical Association

Member

Center for Health Trends and Forecasts (CHTF)

Member

MEDICHEM (international scientific association for occupational and environmental health)

Country Representative

education & experience

Dr. Filip received her medical degree from Grigore T. Popa University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Iasi, Romania. During med school, she completed a number of internships including one in Emergency Medicine and one in Family Medicine. She also completed a disaster medicine training program in Berlin, Germany.

After earning her medical doctorate, Dr. Filip completed a Sleep and Sleep Disorders Postmaster Graduate Program from the University of Massachusetts and began an Occupational Medicine Residency Program in Waiblingen, Germany.

She completed her Psychiatry Residency at Kaiser Permanente, Fontana, CA. During her residency, she was a member of the Kaiser Permanente Psychiatry Residency Research Committee. She discovered a love of teaching too and was awarded Resident Scholar/Instructor of the Year to recognize her talents She received a number of other awards such as Teacher of the Year and Scholarly Activity of the Year (received twice).

Simultaneously, she worked towards and graduated with her Doctor of Health Sciences from A.T. Still University, Mesa, Arizona. She completed a Master of Psychopharmacology Program from the Neuroscience Education Institute (NEI) in Carlsbad, CA.

After finishing her residency, she practiced psychiatry at Kaiser Permanente, County of San Bernadino, where she treated a wide range of mental illnesses. She most recently treated patients at Kaiser Permanente in Ontario.

In addition to her practice of psychiatry, she serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Loma Linda University. She enjoys teaching and finds it helps her stay current on any new treatments and innovations in psychiatry. She is also co-author and collaborator of the Global Burden of Disease Study (GBD). The Global Burden of Disease Study is a comprehensive regional and global research program of disease burden that assesses mortality and disability from major diseases, injuries, and risk factors at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) of the University of Washington.

Publications

Patel, A. P., Fisher, J. L., Nichols, E., Abd-Allah, F., Abdela, J., Abdelalim, A., Radfar, A, Filip, I., …. & Allen, C. A. (2019). Global, regional, and national burden of the brain and other CNS cancer, 1990–2016: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2016. The Lancet Neurology, 18(4), 376-393

Nichols, E., Szoeke, C. E., Vollset, S. E., Abbasi, N., Abd-Allah, F., Abdela, J., Radfar, A. Filip, I., …. & Awasthi, A. (2019). Global, regional, and national burden of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, 1990–2016: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2016. The Lancet Neurology, 18(1), 88-106.

Beghi, E., Giussani, G., Abd-Allah, F., Abdela, J., Abdelalim, A., Abraha, H. N., Radfar, A., Filip, I., … & Ayele, Y. (2019). Global, regional, and national burden of epilepsy, 1990–2016: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2016. The Lancet Neurology, 18(4), 357-375.

Feigin, V. L., Nichols, E., Alam, T., Bannick, M. S., Beghi, E., Blake, N., Radfar, A., Filip, I., … & Fisher, J. L. (2019). Global, regional, and national burden of neurological disorders, 1990–2016: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2016. The Lancet Neurology, 18(5): 459-480.

James, S. L., Theadom, A., Ellenbogen, R. G., Bannick, M. S., Montjoy-Venning, W., Lucchesi, L. R., Radfar, A., Filip, I.,  … & Afarideh, M. (2019). Global, regional, and national burden of traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury, 1990–2016: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2016. The Lancet Neurology, 18(1), 56-87.

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