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Charles Saldanha, MD

Charles Saldanha received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Emory University and his Doctor of Medicine from Duke University. He completed a residency in Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco and a fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry at Yale University. He is certified in Psychiatry with Added Qualification in Forensic Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology .


Dr. Saldanha practices in the area of emergency, inpatient and administrative psychiatry at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center and teaches landmark cases in law and psychiatry in the fellowship in forensic psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. His areas of interest include violence and suicide risk assessment, substance abuse, medical malpractice, and civil and criminal competencies.


Dr. Saldanha has performed over 60 forensic psychiatric evaluations and has testified over 25 times in court proceedings and depositions. He has been qualified as an expert in the field of psychiatry in courts in Connecticut, California and in the Federal Jurisdiction.


  • 2004-2005 Yale University School of Medicine
    • Department of Psychiatry
    • Fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry
    • During the fellowship year, I worked in a variety of settings where law and mental health intersect. I performed forensic evaluations on persons involved in both civil and criminal matters as part of the Law and Psychiatry program at Connecticut Mental Health Center. I treated and evaluated patients at Connecticut Valley Hospital and performed evaluations through the New Haven Office of Court Evaluations. I also consulted to the Federal Public Defender’s office and participated in an immigration law clinic at Yale Law School. The fellowship also included didactic experiences covering landmark cases in mental health law, research in forensic psychiatry, and the treatment of persons in mandated treatment and the criminal justice system.
  • 2001-2004 University of California, San Francisco
    • Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute
    • Residency in General Adult Psychiatry. Completed, June 2004.
    • Rotations included experiences in inpatient and outpatient psychiatry including time spent at San Francisco General Hospital, Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute (LPPI), and the San Francisco Veterans Administration Medical Center. Over the course of my training, I sought clinical experiences and supervision geared to developing my interests in forensic psychiatry, acute services, and cultural psychiatry. During my fourth year, I spent one month with the Psychiatry and the Law program at LPPI and pursued electives in substance abuse, behavioral neurology, and couples therapy. My primary responsibility was as the Senior Resident on the Langley Porter Adult Inpatient Service. In this capacity, I was a junior attending for inpatients and treated patients with electroconvulsive therapy. In conjunction with my work on the inpatient service, I undertook a research project on civil commitment. I also supervised residents and medical students through daily rounds, clinical work, a weekly seminar I organized, and informal supervision.
  • 2000-2001 Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School Internship, Department of Medicine, June 2001
  • 1996-2000 Duke University School of Medicine
    Doctor of Medicine, May 2000
  • 1992-1996 Emory University
    B.A., Economics, May 1996

Work Experience

  • 2005-present Alameda County Medical Center, John George Psychiatric Pavilion – Psychiatric Emergency Services
    • Attending Psychiatrist
    • Direct an integrated team of mental health professionals in providing care to patients of a wide range of ages, diagnoses, and backgrounds. Treatment focuses on the assessment of crises and facilitating their resolution through appropriate management and disposition.
  • 2005-present Forensic Psychiatric Associates
    • Independent Contractor
    • Perform forensic psychiatric evaluations in civil and criminal legal matters. Provide consultation to attorneys regarding issues at the interface of law and psychiatry.
  • 2003-2004 Alameda County Medical Center, John George Psychiatric Pavilion- Psychiatric Emergency Services
    • Services as Needed Physician

Professional Licenses and Board Certification

  • 2005-present Diplomate in Psychiatry. American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • 2004-2005 Connecticut Medical License. #042180. Expired 3/31/2005
  • 2002-present California Medical License. #A79250. Expires 3/31/2006
  • 2002-present DEA License

Honors and Awards

  • University of California, San Francisco
    • June 2004 Henry F. Albronda Award: Given to a graduating resident who demonstrates “exceptional psychotherapeutic skill and unusual concern for the welfare of patients.”
  • Duke University
    • May 2000 Ideal Physician Award: Chosen as the graduating student in the Duke University School of Medicine Class of 2000 who best embodies the qualities of the ideal physician.
    • May 2000 Student Speaker
    • Hippocratic Oath Ceremony, Duke University School of Medicine
    • 1999-2000 Senior Scholarship
    • 1999 Alpha Omega Alpha
    • Medical Honor Society, elected during Junior Year
    • 1999 Howard Hughes Medical Student Fellowship
    • 1997 Markee Award: For highest grade in gross anatomy
  • Emory University
    • 1996 Woodruff Scholar, full academic scholarship
    • 1996 High Academic Achievement Award (2nd highest GPA in graduating class of 1996)
    • 1996 Outstanding Graduating Student, Department of Economics
    • 1995 Mortar Board
    • 1995 German Honor Society
    • 1995 Economics Honor Society
    • 1995 Multicultural Center Overall Excellence Award
    • 1994 Phi Beta Kappa, elected fall of junior year

Professional Organization Memberships

  • 2002-present American Psychiatric Association
  • 2002-present Northern California Psychiatric Society
  • 2002-present American Association of Psychiatry and the Law

Service to Professional Organizations

  • Northern California Psychiatric Society
    • 2003-2004 Resident Councilor
    • Elected to represent members-in-training in the local district branch of the APA. Responsibilities included program planning, participation in lobbying efforts, writing a column for the bimonthly newsletter, and representing the interests of residents in council meetings.
  • American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
    • 2005-present Chair, Early Career Development Committee
    • Direct national committee of AAPL members charged with addressing needs of early career members of the organization. Responsible for coordinating semiannual committee meetings, annual breakfast and scientific program submissions, and completing newsletter submissions.
  • 2002-2004 Early Career Development Committee
    • Involved in promoting the interests and career development of resident, fellow, and early career members of the organization. Helped organize panel discussions for 2003 and 2004 annual meetings.
  • 2003-present International Relations Committee, American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
    • Participated in encouraging contact and dialogue with forensic psychiatrists from other nations.

Teaching Experience

  • 2005-present Lead a seminar in landmark cases in mental health law for forensic psychiatric fellows in the University of California, San Francisco Program in Psychiatry and the Law.
  • 2005-present Teach and supervise residents in internal medicine during their rotation through Psychiatric Emergency Services.
  • 2004-2005 Supervised psychiatry residents in the performance of competency to stand trial evaluations, coordinated didactic sessions for residents and co-fellows.
  • 2001-2004 Provided teaching and supervision for medical students rotating through core clerkships and sub-internships in inpatient and outpatient psychiatry. Responsibilities included helping students learn mental status examination, interviewing skills, differential diagnosis, and treatment planning. Consistently received excellent reviews from standardized feedback program at UCSF.
  • 2000-2001 Taught medical students and sub-interns history taking, physical exam skills, laboratory diagnosis, differential diagnosis, treatment planning, and procedures.


  • 2003-2005 Resident in Psychiatry- Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute
    • Co-investigators Dale McNiel, Ph.D. and Christopher Weaver, Ph.D.
    • Project Title: Correlates of outcome in certification review hearings.
    • Planned, organized and carried out a retrospective chart review study examining the relationship of clinical, demographic, and diagnostic variables to outcome of certification review hearings.
  • 1998-1999 Medical Student Fellow- Division of Infectious Diseases,
    • Department of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. Mentor: Harvey Friedman, M.D., Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases.
    • Project Title: Linker insertion mutants of HSV-1 gE involved in immune evasion.
    • Developed and managed a project that involved designing and carrying out experiments using techniques of molecular biology and biochemistry. Carried out data analysis and interpretation, produced oral and visual presentations and a written publication.


  • August 2000 Saldanha, C, J Lubinski, C Martin, L Wang,
    Nagashunmugam,T, R Tal-Singer, H Van der Keel and H Friedman. Herpes simplex virus type 1 glycoprotein E domains involved in virus spread and disease. Journal of Virology.
    2000 Aug;74(15):6712-9.
  • March 2005 Saldanha, C. Daubert and antidepressant induced suicide. Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. 2005 33:1:123-125
  • In Press Eisendrath, S and C Saldanha. Factitious Disorders. For: Lange Review of General Psychiatry, 6th edition. Goldman, H (ed.) McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing.


  • October 2005 Saldanha, C; M Baranoski, J Young, and A Hegarty. “Forensic Psychotherapy: Challenges and Controversies.” Workshop presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law.
  • October 2005 “Pearls and Pitfalls: Getting Started” Served as moderator of panel discussion at the Annual Metting of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law.
  • October 2004 Saldanha, C; D McNiel, and C Weaver. “Predictors of decision in civil commitment hearings” presentation of research in progress at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law.
  • October 2003 “Enhancing the practice of Forensic Psychiatry- Finding a Mentor” Served as moderator of panel discussion at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law.
  • March 1999 Saldanha, C, J Lubinski, C Martin, L Wang, Nagashunmugam,T, R Tal-Singer, H Van der Keel and H Friedman. “Three linker insertion mutants of HSV-1 glycoprotein E”- Poster presentation at University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center Symposium, Philadelphia, PA.
  • May 1999 Saldanha, C, J Lubinski, C Martin, L Wang, T Nagashunmugam, R Tal-Singer, H Van der Keel and H Friedman. “FcR and cell-to-cell spread phenotypes of three linker insertion mutants of HSV-1 glycoprotein E”- Presentation at Howard Hughes Medical Institute Medical Student Fellows Meeting, Chevy Chase MD.
  • July 1999 Saldanha, C, J Lubinski, C Martin, L Wang, Nagashunmugam,T, R Tal-Singer, H Van der Keel and H Friedman. “An HSV-1 glycoprotein E mutant impaired for FcR and cell-to-cell spread”- poster presentation at 24th International
  • Herpesvirus Workshop, Cambridge MA.

University Service

  • University of California, San Francisco
    • 2003-2004 Rubber Meets the Road (Curriculum Reform) Committee
    • 2003-2004 Adult Psychiatry Clinic Committee
    • 2003-2004 Professionalism Committee
    • 2002-2004 Residency Selection Committee
    • 2002-2004 Gala Committee
    • 2002-2004 Retreat Committee
    • 2001-2004 Residents Association
    • 2001-2004 Minority Residents Association
  • Duke University
    • 1997, 2000 Student Faculty Show
    • 1999 University of Pennsylvania Choral Society and Concert Choir 1997-1998 Medical Center Library Advisory Committee
    • 1998 Arrhythmias- medical student a cappella group
    • 1996-1998 Davison Council (Medical School Government) Representative
    • 1997 Migrant Outreach Volunteer, Tri-County Community Health Center
    • 1997 CHART, elementary school volunteer program

Provided upon request.

Dr. Saldanha has been an independent contractor to fpamed since its inception.

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