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Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

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




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

Dr. Scher specializes in psychosomatic medicine, emergency psychiatry, primary care psychiatry, and Huntington’s disease.  He 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 supervises medical students, residents, fellows and allied-health professionals in a variety of settings within UC Davis Health, including the psychosomatic medicine service, emergency psychiatry service, UC Davis Primary Care Network (PCN), chronic disease management and education, and the Huntington’s Disease Center of Excellence (UC Davis Department of Neurology).

Within medical student education, Dr. Scher leads recruitment efforts and directs the fourth year psychiatry curriculum (including acting internships and electives).

Dr. Scher has collaborated with primary care providers to improve psychiatric outcomes, and has helped develop the mental health component of the Care Coordination Program.

Dr. Scher is also a co-investigator in a Huntington’s disease stem cell trial ($19 million) funded by the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM).


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

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