I am a psychiatrist with a background in addiction medicine, leadership and healthcare innovation. I enjoy translating the neurobiology of behavior into real and understandable terms and have appeared many times on television and print media to provide insights and analysis on addiction and other health-related news developments. I have a deep industry knowledge and experience in the addiction treatment sector that has been valued by my consulting clients. I'm an expert on cravings and the author of a new book on cravings that describes why we crave, where cravings come from and how to control cravings. I'm passionate about helping people who are struggling with addictions and their loved ones. I believe that innovations in treatment and service delivery can transform the way we help the over 20 million Americans who experience problems related to addiction.
I graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and I was the Executive Chief Resident in Psychiatry at Duke. I'm a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine.
I've really enjoyed innovating healthcare service delivery; most recently, as Medical Director for Hazelden Foundation I developed and launched a healthcare professionals treatment program that treated over 350 addicted healthcare professionals in 18 months. At Hazelden, I also successfully championed the implementation of an electronic health record and drove large improvements in benchmarked patient satisfaction metrics, something that I'm very passionate about. In December 2011 I took on the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Catasys. I give credit to the University of Virginia's Darden School of business for a solid introduction to enterprise leadership.
People describe my talks as engaging and dynamic, and I really enjoy translating brain science into accessible terms. I'm an experienced public speaker with what seems to be a rare ability to educate and explain the brain science of change in plain english. My professional interests include business consultation, addiction treatment, healthcare innovation and healthcare strategy. I also enjoy analyzing news developments in addiction, cravings, behavioral science and healthcare innovation.