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Payam Mokhtari, M.D.

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Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Professional Background

Payam Mokhtari, M.D., is an assistant professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of Kansas Medical Center. In addition to supervising and engaging with residents, he fulfills inpatient consult liaison responsibilities and provides outpatient mental health services, including telebehavioral health outreach to rural Kansas. Dr. Mokhtari specializes in treating refractory depression and is certified in transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). He has begun working with IV ketamine for treatment refractory depression as well. He rejoined the faculty in May 2020. During his previous appointment in department from 2017-19, he helped establish the TMS program.

After earning his medical degree from Saba University in Saba, Dutch Caribbean, Dr. Mokhtari completed his residency at the KU School of Medicine in the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, where he served as chief resident in 2015-16 and participated in the Medical Alumni Innovative Teaching Fund (MAITF) Residents as Scholars program. He also has earned a certificate in hyperbaric medicine from Saba, holds a bachelor's degree from San Diego State University and is a graduate of the accelerated sciences program at Patten University.

Dr. Mokhtari's research interests include collaborating with fellow faculty regarding ketamine treatment for refractory depression. He is a member of the American Psychiatric Association and the Kansas Psychiatric Association.

Education and Training
  • BA, Graphic Design, San Diego State University
  • MD, Medical Degree, Saba University School of Medicine
  • Residency, Psychiatry, KU Medical Center
Licensure, Accreditations & Certifications
  • Arizona License, Arizona Medical Board
  • Illinois License, Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
  • Kansas License, Board of Healing Arts
  • Missouri License, Missouri Board of Registration of Healing Arts
  • Nevada License, Medical Examiners Board state of Nevada
Professional Affiliations
  • American Psychiatric Association, Member, 2019 - Present