Reef Karim

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Reef Karim
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Birth name Reef Karim
Born Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Show House of Clues, Broken Minds
Station(s) Court TV
Country United States

Reef Karim, known as Dr. Reef, is a double board certified psychiatrist,[1] addiction medicine physician and relationship therapist, as well as a writer, host, and television personality. He is best known as the host of the Court TV television show House of Clues, the host of the Discovery Fit & Health television show Broken Minds,[2] and the comedic host, executive producer, and writer of Reef Madness.[3] Additionally, he is a recurring guest expert on the television show Outrageous Acts of Psych, from the Discovery Science.[4]

Dr. Reef was an actor in The Breakup Girl (2015), Fit to Be Tied (2014), Posey (2012), Broken Minds (2012), The Whisperers (2009), Lords of Dogtown (2005), Night of Henna (2005), Flavors (2004), and Laurel Canyon (2002).[3] He has appeared on Dr. OZ, Dr. Phil, The Today Show, Chelsea Lately, and occasionally appears on CNN as a medical and psychiatric commentator. He has written articles for the Huffington Post,, and[5][6] In 2004, Karim was named one of "The Sexiest Men Alive" by People Magazine.[7]

Professional life[edit]

Dr. Reef is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience,[8] a Senior Attending Physician at the UCLA Medical Center and the founder and medical director of The Control Center in Beverly Hills, an integrated outpatient treatment center for chemical dependency, behavioral addictions, mental health disorders, and relationship therapy.[9]


In 1996, Dr. Reef Karim received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.[10] After medical school, Dr. Reef Karim did his internship in internal medicine/psychiatry and his residency in psychiatric medicine and fellowship in addiction medicine at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience & The UCLA Medical Center.[11]


Dr. Reef co-authored the dating book "Why Does he do that? Why does she do that?",[12] is a contributor for the Huffington Post, and his work has been profiled in Forbes[13] and the Christian Science Monitor.[14]

As an actor, Reef played the lead in the Indie movie Flavors with supporting roles in Laurel Canyon (with Christian Bale), Lords of Dogtown (2005) (with Heath Ledger), Claire's Cambodia' and appeared in The Breakup Girl (2015), Fit to Be Tied (2014), Posey (2012), Goodbye My Friend (2011), The Whisperers (2009), Night of Henna (2005), Russians in the City of Angels. 2003, and Flavors (2004).[3] He has also hosted multiple television shows, including Outrageous Acts of Psych, Broken Minds and House of Clues.[3] Dr. Reef has also appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Dr. Oz Show, Dr. Phil, Hollywood Today, ABC World News Tonight, Larry King Live and Anderson Cooper 360°.[3]

On May 26, 2012, Dr. Reef was a guest panelist at Psychology In Action and UCLA's Psychology On The Big Screen, for his work as psychiatric consultant on the films Thirteen, The Bourne Identity.[15] and the television shows Private Practice and Alias.


Year Film Role
2002 Laurel Canyon ER Doctor
2003 Flavors Kartik
2005 Night of Henna Baboo
2005 Lords of Dogtown Dr. Angelo Gamboa
2009 The Whisperers Rajat Gulati
2010 Adios Mi Amigo/Goodbye My Friend Rahul
2012 Posey Bollywood dancer
2014 Fit To Be Tied John
2015 The Breakup Girl Dr. Kareem

TV Roles[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2000 Days of Our Lives Phillipe 1 Episode
Episode #1.8762
2003 Russians in the City of Angels Omar Santini 2 Episodes
2004 House of Clues Himself 13 Episodes
2004-2005 Extreme Makeover Himself 3 Episodes
Becky & Stacy
Heather & Kristi
Lachele & Marcelo
2007-2009 Larry King Live Self Multiple Episodes
2007-2009 Private Practice Medical Consultant 30 Episodes
2009-2010 Anderson Cooper 360 Self 3 Episodes
2010 E! Investigates: Addicted to Pills Self 1 Episode
2010 The Daily 10 Self 1 Episode
2010 Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell Self 1 Episode
2010 E! True Hollywood Story Self 1 Episodes
2010 Good Morning America Self 1 Episodes
2010 Pretty Wild Himself – Addiction Specialist 1 Episode
And So It Is
2010 The Early Show Self 3 Episodes
2011 Dateline NBC Self 1 Episode
2011 Charlie Sheen: On the Brink (TV Movie) Self 1 Episode
2008-2011 Showbiz Tonight Self Multiple Episodes
2010-2011 The Joy Behar Show Self Multiple Episodes
2012 Dr. Phil Self 2 Episodes
2012 Broken Minds Host 2 Episodes
2012 Today Self Multiple Episodes
2013 ABC Evening News Self 2 Episodes
2013 TakePart Live Self 2 Episodes
2014 The Dr. OZ Show Self Multiple Episodes
2014 Hollywood Today Self Multiple Episodes
2015 Reef Madness Host 2 Episodes
2015 Outrageous Acts Of Psych Self 12 Episodes


  1. ^ "Dr. Arif Karim, DO". Health Grades, I. Retrieved 28 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Genzlinger, Neil (2012). "Minds Eclipsed by Peculiar Disorders". New York Times. Retrieved 10 April 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Reef Karim". Internet Movie Database. 2013. Retrieved 28 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Outrageous Acts of Psych". TV Guide Channel. 
  5. ^ Karim, Reef (2012). "Life After the NFL". Huffington Post. Retrieved 8 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "Reef Karim, D.O.". Huffington Post. 2013. Retrieved 8 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "More Than Just a Sexy Face". People Magazine. 2004. Retrieved 7 March 2013. 
  8. ^ "UCLA Health Sciences Media Report" (PDF). UCLA Health. 2009. Retrieved 28 March 2013. 
  9. ^ The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Minority Fellowship Program at the American Nurses Association (2012). "Addictions and Mental Illness: Scientific Innovations and Human Responses". University of California at Los Angeles School of Nursing. Retrieved 28 March 2013. 
  10. ^ "Students & Alumni". Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2013. 
  11. ^ "Arif Karim, DO". UCLA Health. Retrieved 7 March 2013. 
  12. ^ "KTLA-Dr. Reef Karim". Orlando Sentinel. 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2013. 
  13. ^ Alice G. Walton (2012). "Rich People Are Mean, But Does It Pay To Be Nice?". Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  14. ^ Goodale, Gloria (2012). "Colorado shooting: How Americans deal with media-driven events". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  15. ^ "Psychology On The Big Screen". Psychology In Action. 2012. Retrieved 21 June 2013. 

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