Dr. James Moghtader, MD

Psychiatry  |  
Male  |  
Age 55
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Dr. James Moghtader, MD
Dr. James Moghtader, MD is a psychiatry doctor who practices in Santa Barbara, CA. He is 55 years old and has been practicing for 29 years. Dr. Moghtader is affiliated with Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.

1525 State St Ste 103

Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Contact Information

(805) 681-7517

Dr. James Moghtader, MD

Dr. James Moghtader, MD

Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • MultiPlan

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very high
more than 98% of peers
Bipolar Disorder
very high
more than 95% of peers
Major Depressive Disorder
very high
more than 95% of peers

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  • Psychiatry

Board Certifications

  • Psychiatry
    Accredited by: American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology*

Conditions Treated

  • ADHD and-or ADD
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Alcoholism (Alcohol Dependence)
  • Anxiety
  • Autism
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Combination Drug Dependence
  • Drug and Alcohol Dependence
  • Dysthymia (Chronic Depression)
  • Dysthymia and Cyclothymia (Mood Disorders)
  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Nondependent Drug and Alcohol Abuse
  • Nondependent Marijuana Abuse
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD)
  • Personality Disorders
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Psychiatric Diseases
  • Psychosis Due to Mental Illness
  • Tobacco Use Disorder


  • Family Psychotherapy
  • Psychiatric Evaluation
  • Psychotherapy and Psychophysiological Therapy (incl. Biofeedback)

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • University Of California, Los Angeles, School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1988
  • Pacific Presby Med Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • UCLA Neuropsych Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Moghtader has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Moghtader's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Moghtader to family and friends
based on 15 total reviews (5 with comments)
Dr. Moghtader's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (5)
San Francisco, CA |
Would I recommend Dr. Moghtaler, yes I would. I find it very difficult to trust any psychiatrist but Dr. Moghtaler has been patient with me. He takes the time to listen, he has shown that he cares.. He makes himself available when I need to talk. I would recommend him to family and friends definitely..
Buellton |
Dr. Moghtader has been my doctor for panic disorder for 14 years. Now that my panic disorder is under control I only need to see him every 6 months. I feel like he truly cares about my health. He answers any questions I have about how medicines works. He works with me on my panic disorder medications and keeps tabs on me with any medication change. I have total trust in him as a psychologist.
I have been a patient of Dr. Moghtader for over 10 yrs. I completely trust him with my health care and medical concerns. His pleasant, easy going demeanor makes me comfortable to discuss any situation or problem I have had. He helped me with an anxiety issue after 2 major surgeries and I am extremely confident in and thankful for his care.
Really nasty human being. Wrote things in my record that have never been said elsewhere in 30 years of treatment. Petty, vain and wholly untrustworthy. Would never recommend.
I sincerely wish I had never met him. When my ACT reached 50, he had me on five {5} SSRI's at once and then wrote in my medical record that I have a drinking problem. That I don't drink didn't matter. Now, I have to deal with this ignorance every time I go to Sansum. I asked him to change it, he said I could make an appointment, in a year. Nothing good came from my time with Moghtader.
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Dr. Moghtader accepts 5 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
    Select Plus HMO
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO

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Hospitals where Dr. Moghtader has admitting privileges

Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital
400 W Pueblo St
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
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