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Present Positions:

Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, University of California at San Diego, California

Qualified Medical Examiner, State of California
Experienced AME & IME

Expert Medical Reviewer, State of California

Examiner, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Staff Psychiatrist, Scripps Mercy Hospital & Medical Center

Editorial Board, The Journal of Legal Medicine

Chairman, Physician Well Being Committee
Scripps Mercy Hospital, 1995-2010

Planning Committee
American College of Psychiatrists, 2005

County of San Diego Long Term Care Project
Ad Hoc Committee


Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, in Psychiatry, 1977

Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, in subspecialty of Geriatric Psychiatry, 1991

Diplomate, National Board of Medical Examiners, 1970

Licentiate, Medicine and Surgery, State of North Carolina, 1969

Licentiate, Medicine and Surgery, State of California, 1972


American College of Psychiatrists
American Psychiatric Association, Distinguished Life Fellow
San Diego Society of Psychiatric Physicians (APA Branch)
Rotary Club International, Club 33, Paul Harris Fellow
American Association of Psychiatric Administrators
American College of Legal Medicine
San Diego County Medical Society
American College of Forensic Psychiatry


B. A.; Rutgers University, Rutgers College, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 1961-1965

M.D.; The Bowman Gray School of Medicine
Wake Forest University, North Carolina, 1965-1969


Veteran’s Administration Neuropsychiatric Hospital
Lyons, New Jersey, Research Assistant, Summer 1966-1967

National Hospital for Nervous Disease,
Queens Square, London, England, June-September 1968


Albany Medical Center and Albany Medical College
Albany, New York, June 1969-1970, Medicine


University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine;
Resident in Psychiatry (Second and Third Years), July 1973-June 1975

Albany Medical College, Department of Psychiatry
Albany, New York; Resident in Psychiatry (First Year), July 1970-June 1971

Awards and Scholarship:

Falk Fellow of American Psychiatry Association,
Washington, D.C., 1972-1974

Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Distinguished Research Award, 1969

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Medical Scholarship, 1965-1969

Rutgers University Proctorship, 1963-1965

New Jersey State Scholarship, 1961-1965

Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary International

California State Legislative Certificate of Recognition
June 7, 1991

California Special Recognition for Teaching, School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, June 15, 1996

Navajo Indian Health Care Award for Contributions to American Native Indian Health Care- 2000

Military Service:

Lieutenant Commander, Medical Corp., U.S. Naval Reserve;
Staff Psychiatrist, U.S. Naval Hospital and Regional Medical Center, San Diego, California, July 1970-1973
Naval Hospital Inpatient Unit, Assistant Director, 1971-1973
Prisoner of War Return Project, Psychiatric Consultant, 1973
Psychophysiology Research Unit, Research Consultant, 1972-1973

Past Positions:

USD School of Law – Visiting Medical Expert
Advanced Trial Advocacy Program, 1999-2003

APA Council on Law and Psychiatry, 1998-2003

APA Task Force on Brain Injury, 1998-2001

Joint Commission, San Diego County Medical Society
San Diego County Bar Association, Chair 1999, Member 1995-2001

Consultant, National Training Labs Institute
Alexandra, Virginia, 1991-2000

Chairman, San Diego Psychiatric Society Medical-Legal Committee, 1990-2000

Chair, San Diego County Medical Society,
Physician Well Being, California Medical Association, 1996-1998

Medical Director, Department of Psychiatry
Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, San Diego, California 1989-1993

President, San Diego Society of Psychiatric Physicians (APA Branch) 1990-1991

Chair, California Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting Committee, 1989-1990; Member 1991, 1992, 1993 Committees

Chief, Department of Psychiatry and Medical Director
Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, 1985-1994

UCSD Planning Committee, Recent Advances in Geriatric Medicine Seminar Series, 1985-1990

Medical Director, Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Unit, (Brain Injury Program) (80 Beds); Georgian Court Convalescent Hospital, San Diego, California, 1986-1988

Area VI (California) Representative, American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry 1989-1991

Publications Committee, American College of Psychiatrists, 1995

San Diego Psychiatric Society, Geriatric Committee, (Chairman 1981, 1983, 1985)

Consultant, Adult Protective Services, Geriatric Program
San Diego County 1985-1998

American Psychiatric Association, PKSAP I, III, IV Task Force in Geriatrics, 1977-1985

Co-Director, Studies in Aging, Council on Biology of Human Affairs, Salk Institute (Dr. Bronowski), La Jolla, California 1974


Addario, D., Maynard, D., Witcofski, R.: Use of the Anger Camera and 1600 Channel Analyzer in the Diagnosis of Brain Lesions; Proceedings of Nuclear Medicine, 1969

Addario, D., Rodgers, T.: Some Techniques in the Initial Interview in Couples Therapy. Journal of Hospital and Community Psychiatry, 25: pp.799-800, 1974

Addario, D., Harry and Tonto: An Odyssey of Later Life. San Diego Psychiatry, Volume VI, No. 6, 12-14, 1974

Townsend, R., House, J., Addario, D.: A Comparison of biofeedback Medicated Relaxation and Group Therapy in Treatment of Chronic Anxiety, American Journal of Psychiatry, 132: pp.598-601, 1974

Addario, D., Oscherwitz, M., Ziedman, H.: Amphetamine Psychosis or paranoid Schizophrenia? Western Journal of Medicine, 122: pp.394-405, May 1975

Addario, D., Davenessau, M., Kresch, A.J., Lamberti, J., Livesey, C.G.: Viewpoints: Who Should Take the Sexual Lead, The Man or the Woman? Medical Aspects of Human Sexuality, Volume 10, No. 2 (February), pp. 30-34, 1976

Addario, D., Rodgers, T.: Initial Approaches to Couples Therapy, Inventory of Family and Marital Therapies, Volume III, 1976

The Italian American: Cultural Issues in Contemporary Psychiatry, monograph and tape; Smith, Kline and French Laboratories, Inc., publishers, 1978

Editor, Case Studies in Geriatric Psychiatry, Continuing Education Program; UCSD and Matrix Publishing, June 1983

Editor, Case Studies in Alcohol and Affective Disorder, Mark Schuckit, M.D., author; UCSD and Matrix Publishing, March 1984

Consultations in Depression: Perspectives on the Clinical Use of Desipramine; Chairman and Moderate with W.Z. Potter, M.D., Ph.D., Davis S. Janowsky, M.D., Robert H. Gerner, M.D., Psychosomatics, Cleggott Publishing, 1985 (monograph)

Addario, D.: Developmental Considerations in the Concept of Affective Illness, Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, Volume 46, No. 10 (Sec 2), pp. 46-53, October 1985

Addario, D., Janowsky, D., Miller, M., Zisook, S.: An Informal Discussion Based Upon Selections from the Current Literature, Merrell Dow Journal Club Psychiatry, Volume 1, No. 3, 1986

Addario, D., Haley, Janet L.: Grief and Loss, Chapter 18, pp. 434-444, Geriatric Emergencies, Edited by C.G. Warner and R. Judd, Aspen Publishers, Rockville, MD, 1986

Addario, D.: Assessing for Treatable Mental Health Conditions in Rehabilitation Setting (W127-2), cassette tape, InfoMedix, 1986

Addario, D.: Psychiatric Aspects of Alzheimer’s Disease: Assessment of Management (T281-3) cassette tape, InfoMedix, 1987

Addario, D.: Life-Cycle Considerations in Depression, Depression Dialogue, Monograph, Publication of Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio, 1987

Addario, D.: Schizophrenia in the Older Adult, Update on Schizophrenia, with O’Brien, C.P., and Hogarty, G.E., Psychiatric Audio Cassette Library, Smith, Kline, and French Laboratories, 1989

Addario, D.: Treating Mental Health Conditions in the Rehabilitative Setting, Chapter 16, pp. 265-278, Geriatric Rehabilitation, edited by Kemp, B., Brummell-Smith, K., and Ramsdell, J., College-Hill Press, Boston, MA, 1990

Addario, D.: Insomnia in the Primary Care Setting: Diagnosis and Treatment, tape #90-A125-06, Annenberg Center for Health Sciences, Educational Series, 1990

Addario, D.: Pseudodementia and Dementia: Diagnosis Between Depression, Anxiety, and Dementia, tape #99-A125-07, Annenberg Center for Health Sciences, Educational Series, 1990

Addario, D., et al, Rumors of War, San Diego Union, Contribution to Editorial, January 22, 1991

Addario, D.: Audio Digest Internal Medicine, Volume 38, No. 23, December 4, 1991, Geriatric Psychiatry

Traumatic Event Sequelae, Inventory Test-2
National Health Systems, Inc., 1995


Janowsky, D., Addario, D., Schuckit, M.: Case Studies in Psychopharmacology, Medical Examiners Publishing Co., Inc., an Excerpta Medical Co., New York, 1978

Janowsky, D., Addario, D., Risch, S.C.: Psychopharmacology Case Studies, (Second Edition), The Guilford Press, New York, London, 1987

Symposium Summary:

Chairman and Moderator, Three Stages of Depression: Developmental Considerations, American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting, Merrell Dow Pharmaceutical Symposiums, Dallas, Texas, May 21, 1985

Recent Advances in Geriatric Medicine: Transition in the System of Long Term Care, UCSD, School of Medicine, U.S. Grant Hotel, Planning Committee and Presentor, San Diego, California, January 27-29, 1986

Recent Advances in Geriatric Medicine: The State of the Art in Nutrition and Drug Therapy, UCSD School of Medicine, Holiday Inn, San Diego, California, January 26-28, 1987

Anxiety, Evaluation and Treatment in Mid and Later Life, Grand Rounds, Mesa Vista Hospital, San Diego, California, February 1987

Anxiety and Depression in the Geriatric Patient, Symposium of Recognition and Management of Anxiety, Depression, and Insomnia in the Nursing Home Patient, Quality Care Health Foundation and The UpJohn Company, Burbank, San Diego, San Bernardino, California, April 20, 1987

Beyond Depression, Developments in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders, “Depression Theatre-Real Life Simulation of the Depressed Adolescent and the Family Physician” sponsored by Los Angeles Chapter of California Academy of Family Physicians, Los Angeles, California, May 6, 1989

Schizophrenia in the Older Adult, Presented at the 142nd Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association Symposium, Update on Schizophrenia, sponsored by Smith, Kline, and French Laboratories, San Francisco, California, May 7-11, 1989

Third Annual Meeting and Symposium, American Association for Geriatric Psychiatric. Workshop #3: Psychiatric Care in the Nursing Home, San Diego, California, February 17-19, 1990

Strategies for Treating the Five Major Causes of Death and Disability in the 1990s, Organic Factors and Systemic Medical Problems in Mood Disorder, sponsored by UCSD, School of Medicine, San Diego, California, February 18-21, 1990

Gero-psychiatry Update: Mood Dementia and Family Issues, sponsored by Burroughs Wellcome Company, Grand Rounds, Charter Hospital of San Diego, California, May 7, 1990

New Modalities in Antidepressant Medications, sponsored by Burroughs Wellcome Co., Grand Rounds, Charter Psychiatric Hospital of Long Beach, Long Beach, California, June 7, 1990

New Modalities in Antidepressant Medications, sponsored by Burroughs Wellcome Co., at Orange County Psychiatric Society Monthly Meeting, Orange, California, July 5, 1990

Desert Medical Series, “Crises in Family Medicine: Dealing with the Dilemmas of Aging,” at Annenberg Center for Health Sciences, Rancho Mirage, California, November 10-11, 1990

Desert Medical Series, “Insomnia in the Primary Care Setting: Diagnosis and Treatment,” Annenberg Center for Health Sciences, Rancho Mirage, California, November 10-11, 1990

Desert Medical Series, “Pseudodementia and Dementia: Differential Diagnosis Between Depression, Anxiety, and Dementia,” at Annenberg Center for Health Sciences, Rancho Mirage, California, November 10-11, 1990

Grand Rounds, Mercy Hospital, “Ebeneezer Scrooge and Developmental Issues in Later Life,” As seen through the Christmas myth, December 10, 1991

VA UCSD Medical Center, Geriopsychiatry Grand Rounds, “Anxiety and Panic Disorders in the Elderly,” June 10, 1992

Grand Rounds, San Diego Psychiatric Hospital, “Issues in the Treatment of Complex Depressions and Co-Morbidity Disorders,” August 14, 1992

Medical Grand Rounds, Mercy Hospital, “Treatment Resistant Depression and Medical Illness: Treatment and Diagnostic Complexities,” September 16, 1992

Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine: Panel, “The Role of the Psychiatrists in Euthanasia,” with Drs. Zisook, Huyse, Breitbart, and Humphry, October 29, 1992

Sharp Memorial Hospital Program: Geriatrics Update, 1992, at Loews Coronado Resort, “Co-Morbidity of Anxiety and Related Disorders.” Also, Choice of Psychotropics in the Elderly, November 18, 1992

Sharp Memorial Hospital/Continuing Medical Education, “Therapeutic Strategies and Diagnosis of Depressive Disorders in Adults,” March 19, 1993

Clark County Mental Health Hospital, Las Vegas, Nevada, “Approaches to Treatment Resistant Depression,” January 7, 1993

Southern Nevada Association of Psychiatrists, Las Vegas, Nevada, “Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Associated Mood Disorder-Treatment and Diagnosis,” January 7, 1993

Sharp Memorial Hospital, San Diego, California, Medical Education Meeting, “Treatment of Drug Abuse and Its Complications,” March 25, 1993

San Diego Academy of Family Physicians, Post Graduate Symposium, “Delirium, Dementia, and Depression,” July 3, 1993

UCSD, Advances in Emergency Medicine, “Psychiatric Emergency Interventions,” October 15, 1993

Missouri Baptist Hospital Symposium, St. Louis, Missouri. “Depression and Anxiety Practical Approach to Differential Diagnosis and Treatment,” September 18, 1993

Tulane University Medical Center, New Orleans, Louisiana, Grand Rounds, “Depression and Psychosomatic Conditions,” December 9, 1993

University of Wisconsin, Prime M.D. Program, “Pharmacal Therapy for Depression,” October 20, 1993

California Psychiatric Association Meeting, “Psychiatrist’s Role in Pain Management,” October 8, 1994

University of California, San Diego, Physician Heal Thyself Conference, “Substance Abuse and Medical Professional’s Intervention and Treatment,” February 14, 1994

St. Joseph’s Behavioral Health Center, Stockton, California, “Depression and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Issues and Treatment.”

Inland Psychiatric Association, Grand Rounds, “The Psychiatrist’s Role in Assessment of Pain Management and Disability.”

San Diego Trial Lawyers Association, “Psychiatric Considerations in Selecting, Evaluating, and Controlling Psychiatric Problems in a Personal Injury Client,” July 29, 1995

Los Encinos Hospital, Pasadena, California, “Depression in the Elderly and Medically Ill,” June 10, 1995

Riverside Community Hospital, Grand Rounds, “Treatment of Depression in the Medically Ill,” May 2, 1995

Laguna Honda Hospital, San Francisco, California, “Treatment and Assessment of Complex Geriatric Depression in Treatment of Brain Injured Patients.”

USC Medical Center, Grand Rounds, “New Issues in Geropsychiatric Disorders,” February 27, 1995

Mercy Hospital, Grand Rounds, “Update on Neuropsychiatric Disorders and Brain Injury,” March 10, 1995

Kaiser Permanent Psychosocial Department, Santa Ana, California, “Overview of Complex Issues in Treatment of Depression and Traumatic Stress Disorders,” Disability and Neuropsychiatric Disorders and Traumatic Stress Disorders, Disability and Neuropsychiatric Disorders,” December 14, 1995

Alzheimer Community Care Consortium Presentation, “Bioethical Issues in Clinical Practice,” October 18, 1995

Naval Hospital, Camp Pendleton, “Posttraumatic Stress Disorders, Treatment, and Diagnosis,” February 7, 1996

Sepulveda VA Medical Center, UCLA, Grand Rounds, “Complex Issues and Treatment of Depression,” January 10, 1996

Cedars Sinai Hospital, “Approaches to Issues in Treatment Resistant Depression,” January 11, 1996

West Coast Geriatric Psychiatry Conference, “Pain and Depression and Medically Ill Geriatric Patients, Assessment and Management,” October 1, 1995

Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation, Primary Care Medicine Conference, “Antidepressants in the Elderly-What’s Safe, What’s Not,” August 20, 1995

St. David’s Medical Center, Austin, Texas, “Approach and Diagnosis of Depression and Anxiety Disorders,” September 20, 1995

San Diego Naval Center, Department of Psychiatry, Grand Rounds, “Treatment of Depression in Brain Injury Patients,” September 15, 1995

Kaiser Permanente, San Diego, California, Psychiatric Department Symposium, “Assessment and Treatment of Depression in Various Populations,” November 21, 1995

Riverside Medical Society, “Long Term Treatment of Depression,” December 6, 1996

San Francisco Psychiatric Society, “Complex Issues and Assessment of Depression and Dementia in the Geriatric Population,” June 11, 1996

San Diego Academy of Family Physicians, Symposium on Family Medicine, Update 1996, “Anxiety and Depression Case Studies,” Seminar Program, June 28, 1996

Newberg Hospital, Newberg, Oregon, Grand Rounds, “Treatment of Depression and Anxiety,” May 23, 1996

CPMC, San Francisco, California, “Assessment and Treatment of Complex Issues in Depression,” June 12, 1996

White Memorial Hospital, Grand Rounds, Los Angeles, California, “Complicated Case Studies in Depression and Anxiety,” June 26, 1996

Maui Psychiatric Society, “Overview of Neuropsychiatric and Geriatric Depression,” June 18, 1996

Honolulu Psychiatric Society, “Treatment and Assessment of Depression in Inpatient and Outpatient Groups,” June 26, 1996

Cedars Sinai, Grand Rounds, “Update in Alzheimer’s and Diagnosis and Treatment of Dementia,” December 7, 1996

Southwest Obstetrics and Gynecological Society Annual Meeting, “Assessment of Depression in Obstetric and Gynecology Group, including special issues such as Post-Partum Depression and Post-Menopausal Depression,” September 1996

St. Francis Medical Center Grand Rounds, Honolulu, Hawaii, “Discussion of Issues in Geriatric Depression,” July 2, 1996

UCLA, Grand Rounds Dinner Meeting, “Update and New Issues in the Treatment of Geriatric Depression in Brain Injury Patients,” July 31, 1996

San Diego Defense Lawyers Educational Seminar, “Drug And Alcohol Abuse Intervention, Strategies and Diagnosis for Professionals,” July 1996

Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation, Medical Update Program, “Practical Considerations in Depression of the Elderly,” August 25, 1996

UCSD Physician Assistant Training Program, Grand Rounds, “Assessment and Treatment of Depression,” March 12, 1997

California Academy of Attorneys for Health Care Professionals, “Physician/Patient Boundary Violations”
Carmel, California, July 26, 1998

California Academy of Attorneys for Health Care Professionals, “Standard of Care in Psychotherapy”
July 30, 2000

San Diego County Bar Medical Professional Liaison Committee; Will and Testimery Capacity Issues in Forensic Geriatric Society, December 2000

Implications for the Primary Care Physician Treating Symptoms of Bipolar Mania and Schizophrenia
Scripps Hospital, February 9, 2001

Medical and Behavioral Management of Persons with Neuropsychiatric Impairment
Southern California Permanente Medical Group
Orange, California, July 12, 2001

Caregiver Stress and Alzheimer’s Disease
The Alzheimer Community Care Consortium
September 25, 2002

Psychiatric Aspects of Pain Management
Fifth Annual Pain Medicine Exposition, April 26, 2003
Presented 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003

American Brain Injury Foundation
Psychiatric Aspects of Brain Injury
Carlsbad, California, August 2003

San Diego Defense Lawyers
“Forensic Psychiatry Guidelines for Use and Assessment of Psychiatric Testimony”
September 25, 2003

Inner Circle of Advocates Legal Group
“Reports on Legal Issues in Psychiatryā€¯ Annual Meeting, San Diego,;
Laguna Beach, California, October 2004

Chairperson, American Psychiatric Association
“Scientific and Clinical Reports on Legal Issues in Psychiatry”
Annual Meeting, San Diego, California, May 21, 2007

International Symposium on Brain Injury
“Traumatic Brain Injury in the Elderly”
Vancouver, Canada, August 2009

California Applicant’s Attorneys Association
“Apportionment in Psychiatric Cases”
San Diego Symposium, September 11, 2010

San Diego Defense Lawyers
“Proof Positive: Tests for Evaluating a Plantiff’s Veracity”
July 28, 2011

Probate Attorneys of San Diego
“How to deal with difficult clients”
April 19, 2017

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