• Principal Investigator
  • Board-Eligible Adult Psychiatry
  • Conducted 118 Phase II-IV clinical trials in outpatient and inpatient facilities

Dr. Cifuentes completed undergraduate and graduate studies at the Universidad Autonoma de Centro America, receiving a Bachelor of Health Sciences degree and Medical Doctorate. He went on to complete a residency and internship program in psychiatry at the University of Kentucky, Lexington and post-doctoral training at Eastern State Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky. Dr. Cifuentes has extensive training in the diagnosis and treatment of various psychiatric disorders and diseases. He uses a combination of psychopharmacology and psychotherapy to treat patients from all socioeconomic backgrounds.

Dr. Cifuentes currently serves as medical director for Compass Carolina Health Systems in Charleston, South Carolina, one of the largest private providers of mental health services in the area. He maintains an extensive outpatient practice in which he personally treats over 350 patients per month. Compass Carolina Health Systems serves patients in a wide array of therapeutic areas, including mood disorders, psychotic disorders, sleep disorders, ADHD and substance abuse. In addition, Dr. Cifuentes is a staff psychiatrist at Palmetto Lowcountry Behavioral Health, located in Charleston, South Carolina. Palmetto Lowcountry Behavioral Health is an 80 bed, acute psychiatric hospital that specializes in the treatment of acute psychiatric and substance abuse issues.

Dr. Cifuentes has conducted clinical research studies since 2005, serving as principal investigator and subinvestigator on numerous phase II-IV clinical research trials. He has served as the principal investigator on clinical trials for a range of psychiatric populations including bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression, PTSD, substance abuse, and ADHD. He has also served as subinvestigator on a number of clinical trials for pediatric populations including ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.