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Vidush Athyal, MD
Council - 2nd Term 

2017 -2021

Vidush was born in India and moved to the US during his high school years. His education has taken him to different parts of the US and the world, but he is now settled in San Diego with his wife and three children. Currently, Vidush is as an attending physician and faculty member of the San Diego Kaiser Permanente Family Medicine Residency Program. He is also the Director of their Behavioral Medicine Program and Physician Director of the Kaiser International Travel Advisory Clinic.

His Balint experience includes two years of residency Balint, multiple ABS Leadership Training Intensives, and co-leadership of a residency Balint group (2014-present). He is also currently a two term member of the ABS Council and involved in multiple committees in the ABS. Vidush is a proponent of the ABS vision of encouraging relationships of trust and fostering empathy within medical providers, specifically the resident physician population. He is also looking forward to publishing more research showing the efficacy of Balint.


 "Restoring the Core of Clinical Practice: What is a Balint group and how does it help?" by Laurel Milberg, PhD and Katherine Knowlton, PhD. Available in paperback or ebook. 

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