Dr. Chris Searles is the previous co-director of the UCSD Combined Residency Program. A San Diego native, Dr. Searles earned his undergraduate degree from University of California, San Diego and his medical degree from the University of California, Davis. He is an Associate Clinical Professor of Family Medicine and Psychiatry in the UCSD School of Medicine.
Dr. Searles is the medical director of the UCSD Health System's Downtown Family Health and Wellness Center. His professional focus is on the integration of primary care and psychiatry as well as modalities of integrative medicine to focus on a patient centered, "whole person" approach. The prevention based health program offers traditional care along with access to elements such as acupuncture, mindfulness, yoga, tai chi, and more to offer a balanced and comprehensive approach to finding and maintaining health.
Dr. Searles is very active in the community and has a special interest in finding creative ways to address preventable disease. He has previously chaired the San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative and served on the board of directors of Community Health Improvement Partners (CHIP). He is currently the vice-chair of the Coronado Schools Foundation. He was the recipient of the 2008 American Medical Association Community Service Award and was recognized by San Diego Metropolitan Magazine as one of its "40 Under 40." He is also the recipient of the 2010 LEAD San Diego Herbert G. Klein Visionary Award.