Robert Okin

Chief of Service, Department of Psychiatry, San Francisco General Hospital


Robert L. Okin, MD is chief of service of the San Francisco General Hospital department of psychiatry. He is an internationally renowned expert on human rights for the mentally disabled. He is a member of the board of advisors of Mental Disabilities Rights International and has led non-government organization missions to the Ukraine, Hungary, Azerbaijan, Armenia, and most recently Mexico to investigate human rights violations in the mental health institutions in these countries.

Featured Work

MAY 6, 2001 Article

Human Rights Dialogue (1994–2005): Series 2, No. 6 (Spring/Summer 2001): Rights and the Struggle for Health: Online Exclusive: Protecting the Mentally Disabled

Albania's treatment of the mentally disabled needs improvement. Harvey Weinstein, Ira Burnim, and Robert Okin tell how a human rights framework can help.