Anthony M. Kassir, M.D., is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He was invited to join the Faculty of the California Institute for Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy in 2006.
Dr. Kassir has nine years of training in ISTDP including 5 years in the Montreal Core Supervision Group under the direct supervision and tutelage of Habib Davanloo, M.D., the creator of Davanloo’s ISTDP. In 2007 Dr. Kassir was selected by Dr. Davanloo as one of 2 doctors worldwide who received 18 hours of live closed-circuit supervision by Dr. Davanloo, with an additional 48 hours of videotaped supervision, in the Montreal Training Program on Mobilization of the Unconscious and Block Therapy, a modern extension of ISTDP. The program culminated in Dr. Kassir’s presentation of his work by invitation of Dr. Davanloo at the Audiovisual Immersion Course in Montreal, Canada, in October, 2007, to an international audience. In 2007-2009, he and other faculty members of the Institute provided annual Continuing Medical Education instruction in the technique of ISTDP to physician audiences for the Orange County Psychiatric Society.
His academic background includes an undergraduate education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and subsequently medical and postgraduate training at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Kassir completed his residency in 1999 as Chief Resident at UCI Medical Center’s Neuropsychiatric Institute, in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior. He has served as a member of the Executive Council of the Orange County Psychiatric Society since 1998 in a variety of positions including Secretary, Councilor, and his current position, Chair of the Information Technology Committee. Dr. Kassir has maintained a private practice in psychiatry in Orange County, California, since 1999. His practice is currently located in the city of Aliso Viejo.