Peter Yellowlees, M.B.B.S., M.D.

Peter Yellowlees, M.B.B.S., M.D.


General Psychiatry

Physician Health


  • Professor
  • Chief Wellness Officer, UC Davis Health


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Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

2230 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Additional Phone Numbers

Clinic Phone: 916-734-3574
Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

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Philosophy of Care

Dr Yellowlees believes strongly in providing patient-centered care, and as such is able to see most of his patients either in his office, or in their homes or community settings using videoconferencing, depending on the patients choice and convenience. 

Clinical Interests

Dr Yellowlees is an expert in physician health and telepsychiatry who has published seven books and over 200 scientific articles and book chapters.

Most of his patients are physicians and his most recent book, a case-based textbook on physician health, “Physician Suicide: Cases and Commentaries” was published in July 2018.

He is an experienced speaker and media commentator who has written and produced over 180 online video editorials on Psychiatry for Medscape. 

Research/Academic Interests

Dr Yellowlees is a Past President of the American Telemedicine Association and has a number of research interests.

He is presently working on the development and validation of asynchronous telepsychiatry, automated translation and clinical interpreting systems, and treatment protocols to improve physician health and wellness.



Center/Program Affiliation

Graduate Group in Health Informatics


M.D., Flinders University of South Australia School of Medicine, Flinders, 1990

M.B.B.S., Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, London, England, 1979

B.Sc., University of London, London, England, 1976

Board Certifications

Australia - Psychiatry,

United Kingdom - Psychiatry,

Professional Memberships

American College of Psychiatrists

American Psychiatric Association

American Telemedicine Association

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists

Royal College of Psychiatrists (UK)

Honors and Awards

Chief of Staff Award, UC Davis. For Wellbeing Committee work, 2017

�Dean�s Team Award�, University of California, Davis, School of Medicine, 2013

�Stangler innovator of the year�. American Association for Technology in Psychiatry, 2009

�Best teacher� University of California, Davis Health Informatics Program, 2009

Outstanding Service Award, University of California, Davis Extension, 2008

Select Recent Publications

Yellowlees P. Your Health in the Information Age: How You and Your Doctor Can Use the Internet to Work Together. IUniverse. 2008.

Yellowlees P. Physician Suicide: Cases and Commentaries. American Psychiatric Publishing Inc. 2018.

Telepsychiatry and e Mental Health. Ed.  Wotton R, Yellowlees P and McLaren P. London: Royal Society of Medicine Press. 2003.

Yellowlees PM, Shore J. Telepsychiatry and Health Technologies - A guide for mental health professionals. American Psychiatric Publishing Inc. 2018.

Yellowlees P, Burke Parish M, González Á, Chan S, Hilty D, Iosif AM, McCarron R, Odor A, Scher L, Sciolla A, Shore J, Xiong G. Asynchronous Telepsychiatry: A Component of Stepped Integrated Care. Telemed J E Health. 2017 Oct 12.

Yellowlees P, Chan SR,  Parish M. “The hybrid doctor-patient relationship in the age of technology:  Telepsychiatry Consultations and the use of Virtual Space.” International Review of Psychiatry. Int Rev Psychiatry. 2015 Dec;27(6):476-89,

Bashshur RL, Shannon GW, Bashshur N, Yellowlees PM. The Empirical Evidence for Telemedicine Interventions in Mental Disorders. Telemed J E Health. 2016 Feb; 22(2):87-113.

Yellowlees PM, Campbell MD, Rose JS, Burke Parish M, Ferrer D, Scher LM, Skipper GE, DuPont RL. Psychiatrists With Substance Use Disorders: Positive Treatment Outcomes From Physician Health Programs. Psychiatric Serv. 2014 Dec 1;65(12):1492-5.

Yellowlees P, Odor A, Iosif AM, Parish MB, Nafiz N, Patrice K, Xiong G, McCaron R, Sanchez R, Ochoa E, and Hilty D. Transcultural Psychiatry Made Simple-Asynchronous Telepsychiatry as an Approach to Providing Culturally Relevant Care. Telemedicine and e-Health. April 2013, 19(4): 259-264.

Yellowlees P, Shore J, Roberts L.  Practice Guidelines for Videoconferencing-Based Telemental Health – October 2009.  Telemedicine and e-Health. 2010 December;16(10):1074-1089.