The Institute for Palliative Medicine at San Diego Hospice

Scott A. Irwin, MD, PhD

Scott A. Irwin, MD, PhD
Scott A. Irwin, MD, PhD
Director, Psychiatry Programs
The Institute for Palliative Medicine at San Diego Hospice
4311 Third Avenue
San Diego, CA, USA 92103-1407
Office: 619-278-6246
Main: 619-688-1600
Fax: 619-688-6599

Scott A. Irwin, M.D., Ph.D., is the Director and founder of the Psychiatry Programs at The Institute for Palliative Medicine at San Diego Hospice.  In this role, he investigates better assessments and treatments for depression and delirium, as well as other mental health issues, to improve outcomes for those with advanced, life-threatening illnesses.  He also coordinates and provides consultative psychiatric services for patients and families.  In addition, he educates Institute faculty, palliative medicine fellows, clinical staff, and visitors from all over the world, as well as family medicine and internal medicine residents from various San Diego programs; he also coordinates several UCSD Psychiatry Resident rotations related to hospice and palliative medicine.

Dr. Irwin has received funding for his research from the NIMH, the National Palliative Care Research Center, the Archstone Foundation, and the John A. Hartford Center of Excellence in Geriatric Psychiatry at UCSD.  He is the author or co-author of over 50 articles, chapters, and abstracts, and has been recognized at many levels for his research, teaching, and clinical endeavors.  In 2009, his program was honored with the Gold Achievement Award of the American Psychiatric Association’s Institute for Psychiatric Services for Innovative Psychiatry Programs.   He is a 2008 College of Palliative Care Research Scholar, was the 2005 APA/Lilly Chief Residents Executive Leadership Program Awardee from UCSD, received a NIMH Outstanding Resident in Psychiatry Award in 2004, and awarded the PRITE Fellowship from American College of Psychiatrists from 2003-2005.  He is an active member of the American College of Psychiatrists, American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. 

Dr. Irwin received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychobiology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1994.  He received a Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2000.  For his doctoral thesis, Scott conducted research in the area of nervous system plasticity and how learning, experience, and the environment interact with the biology of the brain.

Dr. Irwin graduated from the University of Illinois Medical School, Urbana-Champaign in 2002.  In 2006, he completed a psychiatry residency at UCSD as chief resident of Outpatient Psychiatric Services, as well as a two-year elective in hospice and palliative care at San Diego Hospice.  He is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, with certification in the subspecialty of psychosomatic medicine.  Dr. Irwin currently holds appointments as faculty in the Institute of Palliative Medicine at San Diego Hospice and as an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry, UCSD School of Medicine.