DSH – Psychiatry Opportunities!

DSH – Psychiatry Opportunities! Quality of practice, quality of life.


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Please consider a rewarding career in Psychiatry with the California Department of State Hospitals (DSH).

As a DSH staff psychiatrist, you will benefit from the services and teaching of national experts Dr. Stephen M. Stahl, M.D., Ph.D., Director of DSH Psychopharmacology Services; and Dr. Charles L. Scott, M.D., the lead DSH forensic consultant.

California’s DSH psychiatrists are offered a wide range of monthly salaries starting at $18,879-$24,445 per month and earn up to $141 per hour through voluntary on-call duty. California state employees receive a comprehensive, competitive benefits and retirement package which includes several types of leave benefits. Staff may accrue 11-18 hours of annual leave per month based on length of state service and type of position. Call is compensated and usually not mandatory.

For more information, please contact the DSH Recruitment Unit at (916) 654-2609 or DSH.Recruitment@dsh.ca.gov

Katherine Warburton, D.O.
California DSH Medical Director


This interactive map illustrates the DSH sites. These links include the Sacramento Office and eight state hospitals -- three of which (Salinas Valley; Stockton; and Vacaville) are housed within California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) institutions.

We are now actively recruiting at the following DSH Hospitals – Atascadero, Coalinga, Napa, Patton, Salinas Valley, Stockton and Vacaville. Please select these hospital location links for more information.

Map of California State Hospitals napa sacramento vacaville stockton salinas coalinga atascadero metropolitan patton

The California Department of State Hospitals (DSH) is looking for creative and talented individuals who enjoy working with and helping people, and who are interested in joining a team dedicated to providing quality mental and medical health services to its patients and clients.

  1. Step 1: Review the licensing requirements of both the Medical Board of California and the Osteopathic Medical Board of California
  2. Step 2: Apply for DSH Psychiatry Exam using the Standard State Application Form (STD 678)
  3. Step 3: Participate in a hiring interview
  4. Step 4: All newly appointed state employees participate in a probation period

DSH is dedicated to assisting qualified individuals in finding career opportunities. We strongly encourage all serious candidates to contact the Clinical Operations Division via e-mail at DSH.Recruitment@dsh.ca.gov

Join Us as a Psychiatrist

DSH is dedicated to assisting qualified individuals in finding career opportunities.

The Department operates a total of eight facilities, located throughout the beautiful state of California! We are the nation’s largest forensic system, with five free-standing state hospitals and three psychiatric programs embedded in correctional-settings, treating over 6,000 patients!

We strongly encourage all serious candidates to contact the DSH Recruitment Unit at:

Email: DSH.Recruitment@dsh.ca.gov
Phone: (916) 654-2612

Please contact the DSH facilities directly for more information:




DSH – Atascadero

Veronica Quezada, M.D., Assistant Medical Director
& Chief Psychiatrist (A)
Email:  Veronica.Quezada@ash.dsh.ca.gov
Phone: 805-468-2005

DSH – Coalinga

Sarbjit Aujla, M.D., Chief of Psychiatry (A)
Email:  Sarbjit.Aujla@csh.dsh.ca.gov
Phone: 559-935-7311

Robert Withrow, M.D., Medical Director
Email:  Robert.Withrow@csh.dsh.ca.gov
Phone: 559-935-4304    

DSH – Metropolitan

Nady Hanna, M.D., Medical Director (A)
Email:  Nady.Hanna@msh.dsh.ca.gov
Phone: 562-651-2227

Paul Ananias, D.O., Chief of Psychiatry (A)
Email:  Paul.Ananias@msh.dsh.ca.gov
Phone: 562-651-4327

DSH – Napa

James Young, M.D., Assistant Medical Director
Email:  James.Young@nsh.dsh.ca.gov
Phone: 707-253-5434

Helen Tierney, M.D., Chief of Psychiatry
Email:  Helen.Tierney@nsh.dsh.ca.gov
Phone: 707-253-2637

DSH – Patton

Kayla Fisher, M.D., JD, Medical Director
Email: Kayla.Fisher@dsh.ca.gov
Phone: 909-425-7325

DSH – Salinas Valley

Daniel Bleman, M.D., Medical Director
Email:  Daniel.Bleman@dsh.ca.gov
Phone: 831-678-5500 ext. 7382

Mark Ritchie, M.D., Senior Psychiatrist (A)
Email:  Mark.Ritchie@dsh.ca.gov
Phone: 831-678-5500 ext. 7337

DSH – Stockton

Juan Arguello, D.O., Medical Director
Email:  Juan.Arguello@dsh.ca.gov
Phone: 209-831-0307

Marcia Mshewa, M.D., Senior Psychiatrist Supervisor
Email:  Marcia.Mshewa@dsh.ca.gov
Phone: 916-956-8904

DSH – Vacaville

Akbar Gilani, M.D., Medical Director
Email:  Akbar.Gilani@vpp.dsh.ca.gov
Phone: 707-449-6589

Sunil Kishan, M.D., Senior Psychiatrist (Supervisor)
Email:  Sunil.Kishan@vpp.dsh.ca.gov
Phone: 707-448-6841 ext. 2828