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Ravi Chandra M.D., D.F.A.P.A.


Ravi Chandra, M.D., D.F.A.P.A, is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He was the medical director of the Adult Outpatient Clinic at RAMS, Inc (, a community mental health center, from 2008-2012, and continues to volunteer there. He has a private practice in San Francisco ( A graduate of Brown University and Stanford University Medical School, he completed a psychiatry residency at University of California, San Francisco. He has interests in film, creative writing, and spirituality. He has presented on narcissism, social media, the psychology of technology, and Asian American issues at local and national conferences.

Dr. Chandra's full-length nonfiction debut, Facebuddha: Transcendence in the Age of Social Networks won the 2017 Silver Nautilus Book Award for Religion/Spirituality of Eastern Thought. Description, purchase links and a book trailer at Buddhist teachers Sylvia Boorstein and Jack Kornfield, as well as former Executive Director of the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, have praised Facebuddha as "inspiring!" "magnificent!" and "breathtakingly personal!" His poetry was published in the groundbreaking anthology of contemporary South Asian American poetry, Indivisible (University of Arkansas, 2010), winner of the 2011 Northern California Book Award. His debut poetry book, a fox peeks out, won Honorable Mention at the 2012 San Francisco Book Festival. He recently published a collection of poetry and photography about the spirit of San Francisco online, 36 Views of San Francisco. He is also working on a spiritual/travel memoir about Asia, war, peace and Buddhism, called Going to Peace, and has just published a book on gun psychology, culture and identity, Guns Are Not Our God! The NRA Is Not Our Church! His e-book including essays about Asian American male and female anger, domestic violence and also social media anger is available at his website for free download. More details about his writing and other projects at

In March, 2016, he was the beneficiary of a Proclamation by the Board of Supervisors of San Francisco, honoring him for his activities in the Asian American community, including with the Center for Asian American Media. At UCSF in 2005, he was honored with an award by the Cultural Diversity Committee for Outstanding Service.

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