Dasen Brajkovic realized he was interested in the medical and psychiatry field at an early age. He studied many different types of medicine and department of psychiatry and found that he most enjoyed working with children and the elderly. He aimed his focuses on them but still dabbled in other types of medicine. He attended the School of Medicine at the University of Zagreb, Croatia. He graduated on March 26th, 1987 and earned his Medical Doctor Degree. His thesis covered seizures in infants.
After graduating college, he began participating in research studied and continues to learn through life experience. He started as a geriatric psychiatry fellow and attending psychiatrist at SUNY, Downstate Hospital and was able to learn the basics of schizophrenia research from Dr. Peter Weiden and participate in geriatric psychiatry research with Dr. Carl Cohen. He also Worked as a volunteer and research assistant at the private medical office of Dr. A. Z. Strika in Hackensack, New Jersey. He later attended an anesthesiology residency training program at NYU, New York City, NY and also completed ten months in internal medicine training at the St. Luke-Roosevelt Hospital, New York.
He has recently worked as a Director of Psychiatric Services for Staten Island University Hospital. He also supervises a staff of sixty which includes psychiatrists, medical and psychiatric physician assistants, medical and PA students, medical and psychiatry residents and physician assistants at the acute drug and alcohol detox and long-term rehabilitation programs. He provides lectures to psychiatry residents, nursing, and social work students and supervises psychiatry residents, medical and PA students, physician assistants at inpatient units, and acute and long-term drug/alcohol rehabilitation units.
When he isn’t working or participating in research studies, Dasen Brajkovic enjoys helping others by volunteering at homeless shelters in New York. He also enjoys reading, playing piano, scuba diving, and sailing. He is passionate about finding a way to help people suffering from mental disorder and other health problems and providing them with the psychiatric care they need, especially children and the elderly.