Mai Shimada, MD
Clinical study physician
Dr. Mai Shimada was born in London to Japanese parents. She was raised in Japan and always had a passion for medicine. She attended the University of Tokyo Medical School. After graduating, she moved to the United States to complete her residency in emergency medicine at Maimonides Medical Center in New York.
While Dr. Shimada was completing her residency in emergency medicine, she saw firsthand the limitations of traditional treatments for mental health disorders. She saw patients who were struggling with addiction, trauma, and other mental health challenges, and she felt that the treatments available to them were not always effective. She began to research alternative treatments, and she was drawn to the potential of psychedelic medicine to help people heal. She was particularly interested in the use of ketamine-assisted psychotherapy, and she decided to pursue further training in this area.
Dr. Shimada is a board-certified emergency medicine physician with over 10 years of experience. She has published multiple papers on peer-reviewed journals and written a book chapter in emergency medicine. She has also served as an associate medical director at a San Francisco hospital.
In addition to her work as a physician and clinic founder, Dr. Shimada is also a visiting professor at Tohoku University in Japan. She is currently completing the UC Berkeley psychedelic facilitation course and is involved in clinical trials for psychedelic medicine.