Reef Karim

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Reef Karim
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Arif Karim

ShowHouse of Clues, Broken Minds
Station(s)Court TV
CountryUnited States

Reef Karim is a television personality, international speaker, author, and neuroscientist.[1][2] 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,[3] a recurring guest expert on the television show Outrageous Acts of Psych, from Discovery Science.,[4] and the comedic host, writer and producer of Reef Madness.[5]

Dr. Reef was an actor in Lost Transmissions (2019), Veep (2017), 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).[5] He has appeared on Oprah, Dr. Oz, Dr. Phil, The Today Show, Chelsea Lately, and regularly appears on CNN as a medical and psychiatric commentator. He has written articles for the Huffington Post,, and[6][7] In 2004, Karim was named one of "The Sexiest Men Alive" by People magazine.[8]

Professional life[edit]

Dr. Reef is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience[9] and Senior Attending Physician at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He is also the founder and medical director of The Control Center, an integrated outpatient addiction treatment center in Beverly Hills, Calif.[10]


Dr. Reef earned a B.S. degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.[11] In 1996, he graduated cum laude with a D.O. from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.[12][not in citation given] He subsequently completed a joint internship in internal medicine/psychiatry/neurology, a residency in psychiatry, and a fellowship in addiction medicine, all at UCLA.[2][11] Reef Karim also completed the professional program in television and feature film writing at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.


Reef Karim is a well known guest expert, actor and writer in the media. He has co-authored a dating book titled Why Does he do that? Why does she do that?.[13] He is a contributor for the Huffington Post, and his work has been profiled in Forbes and the Christian Science Monitor.[14][15]

As an actor, Reef played the lead in the Indie movie Flavors, with supporting roles in Lost Transmissions (2019) (with Simon Pegg), Laurel Canyon (2002) (with Christian Bale), Veep (2017) (with Julia Louis Dreyfus), 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).[5] He has also hosted multiple television shows, including Outrageous Acts of Psych, Broken Minds and House of Clues.[5] 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°.[5]

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, and the television shows Private Practice and Alias.[16]


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
2019 Lost Transmissions Dr. Klopek

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
2017 Veep Dr. Sengupta 1 Episode


  1. ^ "Dr. Arif Karim, DO". Health Grades, I. Retrieved 28 March 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Arif A. Karim, DO". Archived from the original on July 30, 2017. Retrieved July 29, 2017.
  3. ^ Genzlinger, Neil (2012). "Minds Eclipsed by Peculiar Disorders". New York Times. Retrieved 10 April 2013.
  4. ^ "Outrageous Acts of Psych". TV Guide Channel.
  5. ^ a b c d e "Reef Karim". Internet Movie Database. 2013. Retrieved 28 March 2013.
  6. ^ Karim, Reef (2012). "Life After the NFL". Huffington Post. Retrieved 8 March 2013.
  7. ^ "Reef Karim, D.O." Huffington Post. 2013. Retrieved 8 March 2013.
  8. ^ "More Than Just a Sexy Face". People. 2004. Retrieved 7 March 2013.
  9. ^ "UCLA Health Sciences Media Report" (PDF). UCLA Health. 2009. Retrieved 28 March 2013.[dead link]
  10. ^ 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, Los Angeles School of Nursing. Archived from the original on 4 July 2013. Retrieved 28 March 2013.[dead link]
  11. ^ a b Karim, Reef. "Curriculum Vitae". Retrieved July 22, 2017.
  12. ^ "Students & Alumni". Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2013.
  13. ^ "KTLA-Dr. Reef Karim". Orlando Sentinel. 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2013.[dead link]
  14. ^ Goodale, Gloria (2012). "Colorado shooting: How Americans deal with media-driven events". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 29 March 2013.
  15. ^ Alice G. Walton (2012). "Rich People Are Mean, But Does It Pay To Be Nice?". Retrieved 29 March 2013.
  16. ^ "Psychology On The Big Screen". Psychology In Action. 2012. Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 21 June 2013.

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