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Francis G. Lu, M.D.
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Attended 1971 B.A. Columbia, 1974 M.D. Dartmouth Medical School, 1977 General Psychiatry Residency Training Program, Mt. Sinai Medical School, New York City
Lives in Cupertino, CA 95014
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Luke & Grace Kim Endowed Professor in Cultural Psychiatry, Emeritus
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    Luke and Grace Kim Professor in Cultural Psychiatry, Emeritus, UC Davis, 2013 - present
  • UC Davis Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
    Luke & Grace Kim Endowed Professor in Cultural Psychiatry, 2009 - 2013
  • UCSF/City and County of San Francisco
    Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, 1977 - 2009
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Luke & Grace Kim Endowed Professor in Cultural Psychiatry, Emeritus, UC Davis
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Francis G. Lu, M.D., is the Luke & Grace Kim Endowed Professor in Cultural Psychiatry, Emeritus, in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, Davis. Before retiring from UC in June 2013, he was Director of Cultural Psychiatry and Associate Chair for Medical Student Education  He was also Assistant Dean for Faculty Diversity, UC Davis School of Medicine.  

Dr. Lu will co-lead 2 film seminars at Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA, with Brother David Steindl-Rast from July 10-17, 2016 ("The Resilience of the Family in Film: Epics of Love, Loss, and Recovery") and from July 17-24, 2016 ("Through Compassion to Serenity in the Mindful Viewing of Japanese and Western Films"). Registration opens in January, 2016, at www.esalen.org

Previously, Dr. Lu was Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and Director of the Cultural Competence and Diversity Program, Department of Psychiatry at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH), where he had worked from July 1977 to June 2009. Dr. Lu has participated on expert panels and advisory committees on diversity, cultural competence, and mental health disparities sponsored by the Office of the Surgeon General, HHS Office of Minority Health, HRSA, SAMHSA Center for Mental Health Services, the California Endowment, the Templeton Foundation, and the following organizations among others: 1) American Psychiatric Association a) Council on Minority Mental Health and Health Disparities (CMMHHD), Chair, 2002-2007 b) CMMHHD, Corresponding Member or Member, 2007-now  c) Steering Committee to Reduce Disparities in Access to Psychiatric Care, Member, 2001-2004 d) Executive Committee of the Steering Committee on Practice Guidelines, Member, 2008-2013 2) Association of American Medical Colleges  Group on Diversity and Inclusion, National Steering Committee,  2009-2012  3) University of California a)  University Committee on Affirmative Action and Diversity (UCAAD). This is a system-wide committee of the Academic Senate with representatives from all 10 campuses. 1) UCSF representative, 2004-2006 2) Vice Chair, 2007-2008 3) Chair, 2008-2009 4) Vice Chair, 2009-2010 5) Chair, 2010-2011 b) UCSF Committee on Equal Opportunity of the Academic Senate 1) Member, 2001-2006 2) Vice Chair, 2004-2005 3) Chair, 2005-2006 c) UCSF Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Diversity  1)    Member 1998-2004   2) Faculty Subcommittee, Chair, 2000-2004 4) State of California Dept. of Mental Health Office of Multicultural Services Cultural Competence Advisory Committee, Member, 1996-2012 5) State of California Dept. of Public Health Office of Health Equity Advisory Committee (2013-now). 

Dr. Lu has led 32 five-day or seven-day film seminars since 1987 at Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA, on film and the transpersonal. 24 have been co-led with Brother David Steindl-rast. Both he and Brother David share Akira Kurosawa's "Ikiru" as their favorite film; the essay about the film at the bottom of the links to the right is the most important article that Dr. Lu believes he has written. (See links to the right for descriptions of their 2002-2014 seminars). They also share Yasujiro Ozu's "Tokyo Story" as their second favorite film. 

Selected Awards: 1987  American Psychiatric Association Certificate of Significant Achievement Award for the Ethnic/Minority Psychiatric Inpatient Programs at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH). 1991 UCSF Martin Luther King, Jr. Award (Faculty co-awardee, in recognition of my work initiating the Ethnic/Minority Psychiatric Inpatient Programs at SFGH). See page 7 at  http://wasc.ucsf.edu/appendices/App18_CampusWideAwardsRecognition.pdf  1999    American College of Psychiatrists Creativity in Psychiatric Education Award for the Ethnic/Minority Psychiatric Inpatient Programs at SFGH [Note: UC Davis Department of Psychiatry won this award in 1998 and 2007] 2001 California Ethnic Mental Health Services Managers Association, State-wide Cultural Competence Professional Award. 2001 American Psychiatric Association Kun-Po Soo Award (“This award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions toward understanding the impact of Asian cultural heritage in areas relevant to psychiatry.”).  2002 American Psychiatric Association Special Presidential Commendation “for research, publications and advocacy for cross-cultural psychiatry.” 2002    National Alliance on Mental Illness Exemplary Psychiatrist Award “for significant contributions to cultural sensitivity and awareness." 2003 Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists Distinguished Service Award “for his tremendous efforts in promoting cultural competence within the APA and psychiatric residency training which has thereby fostered improved treatment and acceptance of GLBT people.” 2007 Friend of the Asian American Psychological Association Award “for his outstanding and meritorious contributions to the Asian American community.” 2008 American Psychiatric Foundation Advancing Minority Mental Health Award. 2008 Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture Creative Scholarship Award “presented annually to a person who has made a recent significant contribution to the field of cultural psychiatry. For the DVD ‘The Culture of Emotions’ about the DSM-IV Outline for Cultural Formulation.” 2008 Association for Academic Psychiatry Lifetime Achievement in Education Award www.academicpsychiatry.org/ :  see “Awards." 2011 Central California Psychiatric Society Lifetime Achievement Award. 

Selected Professional Organization Memberships: American Psychiatric Association (Distinguished Life Fellow), Central California Psychiatric Society, American College of  Psychiatrists American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training, Association for Academic Psychiatry (Distinguished Fellow), Association of Directors of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry, Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry Cultural Psychiatry Committee, Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture (Board and Secretary), Pacific Rim College of Psychiatrists (Distinguished Fellow), World Psychiatric Association--Transcultural Psychiatry Section, World Association of Cultural Psychiatry (Board). Advocacy Organization Membership: National Asian American and Pacific Islander Mental Health Association NAAPIMHA (Past Board President)
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  • 1971 B.A. Columbia, 1974 M.D. Dartmouth Medical School, 1977 General Psychiatry Residency Training Program, Mt. Sinai Medical School, New York City
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