Reef Karim is truly a man of diverse talents. Dr. Reef is an accomplished double board certified medical physician as well as a writer / actor / comic. Using both sides of the brain, he not only helps others but also finds creative ways to inform and entertain.
Dr. Reef Karim is a leader and pioneer in the fields of general psychology/mental health, relationship therapy and addiction medicine. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience, a Senior Attending Physician at the UCLA Medical Center and the founder and medical director of The Control Center in Beverly Hills, a cutting edge, integrated outpatient treatment center for chemical dependency, behavioral addictions (sex, love, gambling, shopping, food, fame, internet/gaming addictions) and relationship therapy.
Dr. Reef has been called “a medical messenger in a pop culture world” as his medical and psychological expertise centers on the world of sex, drugs & relationships.
Additionally, Dr. Karim is a Published Research Scientist in the fields of Behavioral & Chemical Addictions with articles in the International Journal of Neuroscience, Journal of Addiction Medicine and other prestigious journals.
For his medical, advocacy and media work, Reef Karim was voted one of
People Magazine’s Sexiest Men Alive and voted one of the most Influential Indians in Television by the Indian Journalist Society.
Reef believes that “Laughter really is the best medicine” and as a comic, he performs stand up at comedy clubs including the Comedy Store and The Improv in addition to utilizing comedy and improvisation/sketches in television hosting, web series and national speaking gigs.
Dr. Reef is also a well known media personality with multiple appearances on: Oprah, Dr. Phil, Larry King Live, Anderson Cooper 360, The Today Show, Dateline NBC, Good Morning America, Chelsea Lately and many others. In radio, he guest hosted on KFI AM 640 and was a regular guest on the Tim Conway Jr Show on 97.1.FM. He has consulted and/or written for many feature films (including Laurel Canyon, Thirteen, Bourne Identity) and been a medical consultant on many television shows including Private Practice and Alias.
As a writer, Reef co-authored the new dating book “Why does he do that? Why does she do that?”, is a contributor for the Huffington Post, and his work has been profiled in Forbes, Christian Science Monitor, Details, Cosmo and others.
As an actor, Reef played the lead in the Indie movie Flavors with supporting roles in Laurel Canyon (with Christian Bale), Lords of Dogtown (with Heath Ledger), Claire’s Cambodia and Russians in the City of Angels. In television, he starred in the series Broken Minds and House of Clues.
Dr. Reef volunteers his time during domestic and international crises and frequently comes in as a keynote speaker at college campuses, corporate events and talks to adolescents about drug use, sex, relationships and out of control behaviors.