Dr. Puttichanda is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist with a focus on depression including young adult-onset depression, anxiety, psychosis, trauma-related issues, and bipolar depression.
He finds the brain to be the most fascinating organ in the body. The human condition, the stories of our lives, and the opportunities he has had to observe, learn and be curious are what drew him to Psychiatry, and the fact that the brain is the seat of all behavior, emotion, and action.
For Dr. Puttichanda, his passion stems from a deep-seated desire to help those in crisis or in need. He believes humans are complicated and not perfect all the time. All of those aspects make the whole person. He uses his clinical skills to guide people in the right direction and build treatment plans to help his patients find relief from the suffering they may be experiencing. In working with patients, he meets them where they are emotionally and builds a collaborative partnership to help each person live their happiest, best lives.
He has witnessed patients treated with Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) and seen great success and examples of recovery and relief from suffering. He sees TMS as a breakthrough treatment option for those with treatment-resistant mood disorders and anxiety disorders.
He joins Mindful Health Solutions in the late fall of 2020.
Having grown up in the Middle East and in Southern India, the weather in California is perfect for Dr. Puttichanda. He appreciates the outdoor life here and enjoys walking and exploring new destinations. A self-proclaimed Geography nerd, he loves maps and traveling and has a goal to visit every country at least once. He is an avid reader, movie and music buff, and a huge patron of the arts- especially painting and dancing. He is also a die-hard Roger Federer tennis fan. Most of all, friends and family are his pillars of strength.
Dr. Puttichanda received his international medical degree from JJM Medical College in Karnataka, India, where he also completed his Internship.
After medical school, he interned at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences in Bangalore, India, where he was focused on research on long-acting injectables for recovery from bipolar disorder and also worked on treatment-resistant OCD.
He completed his Residency in Adult Psychiatry at SUNY Downstate Psychiatry Residency Program in Brooklyn, New York. He became Chief Resident and also served as the Mental Health Film Forum Facilitator and the Resident Representative on the GME Subcommittee for Resident Affairs. He was awarded the Best Psychiatry Resident for Contribution to Clinical Work at Kings County Hospital.
He was an Attending Psychiatrist at Butler Hospital in the Patient Assessment Department in Providence, Rhode Island. During this time, he also served as an Attending Psychiatrist at the Providence Center Community Mental Health Center. He also began to hone his passion for academia and teaching.
He was a Clinical Assistant Professor at Brown University, where he taught and supervised psychiatry residents. He lectured on several different subjects including Emergency Psychiatry with a focus on special populations and difficult scenarios, and Psychopharmacology and talking to patients about medication. He supervised residents during their rotations and on a daily basis in the Patient Emergency Services and provided Psychotherapy supervision.
Most recently, he was Assistant Director of Psychiatric Emergency Services at Rhode Island Hospital and Attending Psychiatrist at the Department of Corrections for the state of Rhode Island at the maximum security, women’s jail, and men’s jail facilities. During this time, he continued his clinical supervision of residents and teaching at Brown University, which he also for Psychology students at Brown and PA students at Bryant University.
Involuntary Psychiatric Treatment: Ethical quandary autonomy vs. Beneficence, S Puttichanda, R Viswanathan, R Saunders. Institute on Psychiatric Services (JPS), American Psychiatric Association meeting, Boston, October 14-17, 2010
Prima1y prevention in psychiatry-adult populations, R. Brenner, S Madhusoodanan, S. Puttichanda, P Chandra, Annals of Clinical Psychiatry 2010;22(4):239-248
Sudden onset dystonia in a patient taking asenapine: Interaction between ciprofloxacin and asenapine metabolism. Ridout, K.K., Ridout, S.J., Pirnie, L.F., Puttichanda, S.P. American Journal of Psychiatry. 2015 Nov 1; 172(11):1162-1163. PMID: 26575453
Primary prevention in psychiatry-adult populations, R. Brenner, S Madhusoodanan, S. Puttichanda, P Chandra. Institute on Psychiatric Services (IPS), American Psychiatric Association meeting, New York, October 8-11, 2009