Lorin M. Scher, M.D.

Lorin Scher, M.D.Associate Professor
Director, Emergency Psychiatry
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
2230 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817
E-mail:  lmscher@ucdavis.edu


Lorin Scher is an associate clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, specializing in psychosomatic medicine, emergency psychiatry, primary care psychiatry and Huntington’s disease. Dr. Scher serves as director of emergency psychiatric services at UC Davis Medical Center and he directs behavioral health integration efforts across the university’s primary care network. Dr. Scher also co-directs the Huntington’s Disease Center of Excellence.

Dr. Scher treats patients suffering from medical and surgical illnesses in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings, and he believes in an empathic and compassionate approach to patient care. Dr. Scher leads the emergency psychiatry team, and works with a large team of emergency physicians, psychiatrists, nurses, clinical social workers and case managers to stabilize patients who present to the emergency department.

Since 2011, Dr. Scher has collaborated with the UC Davis ambulatory care leadership team to integrate behavioral health programs in primary care services. This team has implemented validated screening measures and a stepped-treatment model to improve patient outcomes. The stepped program includes electronic consultations, care coordination services, collaborative care for depression, telepsychiatry services and embedded psychiatric consultants. Dr. Scher is the principal investigator for an innovation award through the UC Davis Practice Management Board and is a co-investigator on a number of research and implementation grants related to behavioral health integration and Huntington’s disease (funded by AHRQ, CDC, CIRM).

He also supervises medical students, residents, fellows and allied-health professionals in a variety of settings within UC Davis Health, including its psychosomatic medicine service, emergency psychiatry service, primary care network, and within the Department of Health Management and Education. Within medical student education, he directs the clinical psychiatry curriculum and leads recruitment efforts. He also serves as chair of the fourth year oversight committee within the school of medicine, which overseas the fourth-year curriculum.

Dr. Scher completed his general psychiatry residency training at New York Presbyterian Hospital (Cornell). During that time, he completed a fellowship at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute. He also completed a psychosomatic medicine fellowship at UC Davis before joining its faculty. He is board-certified in general psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine.


B.A., Columbia College, New York, 2001
M.D.,  George Washington University School of Medicine, 2005

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