Perpetual Student, Recovering Psychiatrist
After college I completed a PhD in Neuroscience from the Center for Brain Research at the University of Rochester. I found myself getting tired of working with rats all day, and so I attended medical school, then completed a residency in Anesthesia at the University of Pennsylvania.
I was an anesthesiologist and pain doc for about 8 years, and Chief of the anesthesia department at the local hospital of my Wisconsin town for most of that time. I made the mistake of prescribing myself codeine cough medicine, and after a series of worse decisions became addicted to the 'tools of the trade' of anesthesiology. If you google 'men's health' and 'the junkie in the OR' you will find my story.
I eventually realized that it would be folly to return to anesthesiology, even though I loved the profession. I completed another residency, this time in Psychiatry at the Medical College of Wisconsin.
I am now a Board Certified Psychiatrist in independent, solo practice in Wisconsin. I teach at the Medical College of Wisconsin, where I am Asst Clinical Professor of Psychiatry. I recently left a position as psychiatrist for the Wisconsin Dept of Corrections, after some incredible experiences at the state's only maximum security women's prison, TCI. For three years I was the medical director of a large AODA residential treatment center. I do a significant amount of consulting for legal cases related to opiate dependence. I also have a weekly radio show where I discuss psychiatry and addiction.
I am certified to treat opiate dependence with Suboxone, and I also use that medication and others to treat chronic pain, combining my past experience in anesthesiology and pain medicine with psychiatry. I am an associate with Medworm, an up-and-coming RSS directory for medical information. I am also a Health Maven for Wellsphere.
I produce educational materials related to buprenorphine and opioid dependence, which can be found . Of course, the bulk of my time is spent working as a psychiatrist for adults and children, .
I live in Wisconsin with my family, including one wife, three children, , and one cat. Eventually I'd like to relocate to someplace a bit warmer... but I've been saying that for years and it will probably never happen!
My forum about buprenorphine: