Timothy Pylko, MD
Executive Director, PCH Pasadena
Dr. Timothy Pylko earned his undergraduate degree with Honors in Neurophysiology at McGill University in Montreal. He received his medical degree at the University of Toronto where he was given the Stan Kushner award for best student in Psychiatry. He completed both his psychiatry internship and residency at the UCLA San Fernando Valley Program. Dr. Pylko is board certified in psychiatry and is a member of the American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the California Psychiatric Association, and the Southern California Psychiatric Society.
Dr. Pylko serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences in the UCLA School of Medicine. He is an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the USC School of Medicine. Dr. Pylko is also a Service Director for a psychiatric unit at Aurora Las Encinas Hospital in Pasadena, California. Dr Pylko has been a principal investigator or co-investigator in several clinical trials. He has been a presenter at the American Psychiatric Association Institute on Psychiatric Services and the National Council for Behavioral Health. He has been awarded Super Doctor status from Los Angeles Magazine and TopDoc from Pasadena Magazine for multiple years. In 2009, at the annual meeting of NAMI California, he was awarded Recovery Practitioner of the year. In 2014 he received the “Exemplary Psychiatrist” award from NAMI national that was presented at the American Psychiatric Association annual meeting in New York City.
Dr Pylko’s primary specialty is working with complex mood disorders and their co-morbidities which frequently includes substance abuse disorders. He embraces a Bio-Psycho-Social-Spiritual approach to treating patients. He passionately fights the stigma against mental illness. He collaborated with the filmmakers Lisa Klein and Doug Blush on the documentary “Of Two Minds” exploring the lives of those dealing with Bipolar Disorder, a film that won a “Voice Award” from SAMHSA. He is currently working with them on a new film project about suicide.