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Clinical Associate Professor (Affiliated), Psych/Public Mental Health & Population Sciences Staff, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

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Dr. Steven Chan is a Faculty Co-Director at Stanford Frontier Technology Lab, a member of Stanford Psychiatry’s TechHub Leadership Committee, faculty with the Stanford Addiction Medicine Fellowship, and a clinical educator caring for patients with substance use disorders (SUD) and addictions. Dr. Chan is a clinical informaticist, addiction medicine physician, and psychiatrist. He is a clinical assistant professor affiliated with the Stanford University School of Medicine, and Chair of the Committee on Innovation at the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Chan is a sought-after national speaker whose ideas, thoughts, and research have been featured at Google headquarters, JAMA, Telemedicine and e-Health, JMIR (Journal of Medical Internet Research), Wired, PBS, and NPR Ideastream. He serves as Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of AsyncHealth — a University of California-backed digital mental health startup supported by Berkeley SkyDeck PAD-13 — and writes at both @stevenchanMD and @mpowerhacks.
Clinical Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

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Dr. Anusha Chandrakanthan is a clinical instructor in psychiatry. She is a family practice physician who is board certified in Addiction Medicine. Previously, she was the medical director for a company that provided substance use treatment using telemedicine. Presently, she works with the Valley Homeless Healthcare Program at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center providing services to a marginalized population. She also continues to teach at the Stanford Addiction Medicine fellowship.
Clinical Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

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Dr. Huiqiong Deng is a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry. In addition to a medical degree, she earned a PhD, with a major in rehabilitation science and a minor in neuroscience. Specializing in the treatment of alcohol/substance addiction, interventional and cultural psychiatry, her goal is to help each patient along the journey to achieve optimal health and quality of life. As the co-author of more than a dozen scholarly articles, Dr. Deng’s work has appeared in Psychiatry Research, Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, American Journal on Addictions, Brain Stimulation, and other publications. Dr. Deng has won numerous honors and awards such as the National Institute on Drug Abuse Young Investigator Travel Award, the Ruth Fox Scholarship from the American Society of Addiction Medicine, and College on the Problems of Drug Dependence Travel Award for Early Career Investigators. In addition, she was selected to attend the Annual American Psychiatry Association Research Colloquium for Junior Investigators. Since she joined faculty at Stanford, Dr. Deng has received research grant support by the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Innovator Grant Program.
Jayme Frihart, ASW
Clinical Social Worker

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Jayme Frihart, ASW, is Clinical Social Worker in the Stanford Outpatient Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic. Her role is focused on helping patients and their loved ones connect to the community resources that allow patients to build and sustain long term remission from substance use and improve their quality of mental health. She has worked with dual diagnosis populations since 2015 when she began working with Caminar in their residential homes. From there she worked for San Francisco’s Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing in crisis management. 

Clinical Professor (Affiliated) [Vapahcs], Anesthesia Staff, Anesthesia - Adult Pain (Designated)

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Dr. T. Kyle Harrison is a Clinical Professor (Affiliated- PAVA) of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at Stanford University and a staff physician at the VA Palo Alto. He is board certified in both Anesthesiology and Addiction Medicine. He earned his MD and did his residency training in anesthesiology at Stanford University. He completed a medical education and simulation fellowship at Stanford and then obtained additional training in addiction medicine at both Stanford and the VA Palo Alto. He is interested in the intersection of pain and addiction. He co directs the Transitional Pain Clinic at the VA Palo Alto. He attends on both the acute pain service as well as the addiction medicine clinic at the VA Palo Alto. His academic interest include addiction, pain, peri operative management of buprenorphine, transitional pain, conversion of acute to chronic pain, and medical simulation. His email is kyle.harrison@stanford.edu and his twitter handle is @KyleHarrisonMD.
Adjunct Clinical Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

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Nancy A. Haug, PhD is Adjunct Clinical Professor and Addiction Medicine fellowship program faculty in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine. She currently leads didactics and a journal club for Addiction Medicine fellows, and teaches a postdoctoral seminar on ethics and legal issues for the Clinical Psychology Fellowship Program. Dr. Haug's primary academic affiliation is Professor of Psychology at Palo Alto University, where she teaches, advises and supervises doctoral students in the PGSP-Stanford PsyD Consortium. Dr. Haug previously served as faculty and attending psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California San Francisco, and taught in the University of California, Berkeley Alcohol & Drug Studies program. She obtained her PhD in Clinical Psychology and Behavioral Medicine at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology at Loyola University, Maryland. She completed a clinical internship and postdoctoral fellowship at University of California, San Francisco and San Francisco General Hospital in public service and minority mental health. Dr. Haug is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) Ethics Committee and formerly served as a member of the California Psychological Association Ethics Committee. She is a Fellow and Member-at-Large for Practice in the Society of Addiction Psychology (APA, Division 50). Dr. Haug is on the editorial board of the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs and the Journal of Addictive Diseases. She was funded by SAMHSA for a practitioner-education initiative to expand training for evidence-based addiction treatment. Dr. Haug leads the Harm Reduction and Addiction Treatment Laboratory at PAU with current research studies on the implementation of evidence-based practices in addiction treatment, harm reduction for substance use, cannabis vaping and psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy. Dr. Haug has been licensed as a psychologist in California since 2004, is board certified in addiction psychology by American Board of Professional Psychology, and has an independent practice in Los Gatos, CA. She has clinical expertise in treating substance misuse and eating disorders using motivational interviewing, cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness-based therapies including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Dr. Haug is a Stanford WellConnect referral for fellows, residents and faculty in her clinical practice. She recently completed the Stanford YogaX 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program with healthcare setting emphasis.
Program Director, Stanford University Addiction Medicine Fellowship

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Dr. Anna Lembke received her undergraduate degree in Humanities from Yale University and her medical degree from Stanford University. She is currently Professor and Medical Director of Addiction Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine. She is also Program Director of the Stanford Addiction Medicine Fellowship, Chief of the Stanford Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic, and a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the American Board of Addiction Medicine. In 2016, she published "Drug Dealer, MD – How Doctors Were Duped, Patients Got Hooked, and Why It’s So Hard to Stop" (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016), highlighted in the New York Times as one of the top five books to read to understand the opioid epidemic (Zuger, 2018). Dr. Lembke appeared in the Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma, an unvarnished look at the impact of social media on our lives. Her latest book, "Dopamine Nation: Finding Balance in the Age of Indulgence" (Dutton/Penguin Random House, August 2021) was an instant New York Times and Los Angeles Times bestseller and has been translated into 30 languages. It combines the neuroscience of addiction with the wisdom of recovery to explore the problem of compulsive overconsumption in a dopamine-overloaded world.
Professor (Teaching) of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (Administrative and Academic Special Programs)

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Alan K. Louie, M.D. is Professor, Associate Chair, and Director of Education in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine. His current focus is on (1) educational innovations in medical school, residency, and fellowships and (2) the development of transdisciplinary collaborations and programs in psychiatry and behavioral health. With regards to the latter, he is seeking to establish a continuum of behavioral health education (across high school, college, medical school, residency, neuroscience training, continuing medical education, and public education and advocacy), through his teaching at Stanford University and deputy editorship of Academic Psychiatry, an international journal devoted to behavioral health education, career development, and leadership. His advocacy work aims to decrease stigma and discrimination against people suffering from mental illness, in diverse cultures and special populations. He has conducted research in basic neuroscience, clinical psychiatry, and medical education and this breadth of experiences has enabled him to mentor learners with a wide range of interests within psychiatry. His publications have included investigation of the molecular mechanisms of opiate tolerance in the brain and neuroscience, behavioral pharmacology, alcoholism and drug abuse, anxiety and affective disorders, clinical psychopharmacology, and medical education. Among his awards are an individual National Research Service Award and a Physician Scientist Award (career development award) both from the National Institute of Mental Health. Of note, in medical education, Dr. Louie was awarded the Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and from the American Psychiatry Association the Nancy Roeske Certificate of Excellence in Medical Student Education, the Irma Bland Award for excellence in Teaching Residents, and the Vestermark Psychiatry Educator Award. After receiving his bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, he pursued an internship in internal medicine at Stanford University Hospital, a psychiatric residency at the University of Chicago, and a fellowship in Neuropsychopharmacology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Louie subsequently had a distinguished career at UCSF over almost thirty years, including responsibilities as a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Director of the Anxiety and Affective Disorders Consultation Program, Acting Associate Director of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry, Co-Director of the Pre-Clerkship Psychiatry Curriculum, and Co-Director of the Brain, Mind, and Behavior course in the UCSF Essential Core Curriculum. Additionally, he has been the Training Director of the Psychiatry Residency of San Mateo County, co-designer of the San Mateo County – Stanford Community Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship, and Chair of Continuing Medical Education for San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services. Dr. Louie moved to Stanford University in 2012 and publications list below are since he joined Stanford.
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (Public Mental Health and Population Sciences)

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Dr. Ostacher is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. He is the Site Director for the Addiction Medicine Fellowship at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, where he also serves as the Medical Director of the Pharmacology of Addiction Recovery Clinic, the Director of the Bipolar and Depression Research Program and the Co-Director of the VA/Stanford Exploratory Therapeutics Lab, the Director of Advanced Fellowship Training in Mental Illness Research and Treatment for MDs for the VISN 21 MIRECC, and the Site Director at the VA Palo Alto for Advanced Fellowship Training for Stanford. A graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, the Harvard School of Public Health, and Harvard Medical School, he completed his training at The Cambridge Health Alliance at Harvard Medical School in Adult Psychiatry, Public Psychiatry, and Geriatric Psychiatry, and is currently board certified in Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry, and Addiction Medicine. He is the Digital Content Editor for the journal Evidence-Based Mental Health and is on the editorial boards of Bipolar Disorders, the International Journal of Bipolar Disorders, the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, Current Psychiatry, and Psychiatric Annals. His current research includes roles as Site Investigator for VA-BRAVE, multicenter, randomized trial comparing long-acting injectable buprenorphine to sublingual buprenorphine/naloxone, and trials of psychedelic drugs in psychiatric disorders in Veterans. With funding from NIDA, he studied, along with Jaimee Heffner, Ph.D. at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, smoking cessation in people with bipolar disorder using a novel online psychotherapy derived from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. His primary research interest is in large clinical trials mental health and addiction, and the implementation of evidence-based mental health practices.
Clinical Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Clinical Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

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Dr. Amer Raheemullah, MD, is Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. He specializes in the treatment of addictive behavior, has published chapters and peer-reviewed articles in this area, and is Director of the Addiction Inpatient Medicine Service at Stanford Hospital. He is board-certified in Addiction Medicine and Internal Medicine.
Daniel Saal, MD
Core Faculty and Supervising Psychiatrist
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (General Psychiatry and Psychology)

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Dr.Sahlem is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. He is board-certified in general psychiatry and addictions medicine, as well as fellowship-trained in the research and clinical application of neuromodulation-based treatments including repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS), electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), and vagus nerve stimulation (VNS). He additionally has advanced training in the treatment of mood and sleep disorders. In addition to being an active clinician, Dr.Sahlem is a member of the Stanford Brain Stimulation Lab and directs the Addictions Research Section of the Lab. Major areas of study for Dr.Sahlem include: The development of rTMS as a focused treatment for addictive disorders; the development of a novel form of ECT theorized to have reduced cognitive side effects, Focal Electrically Administered Seizure Therapy (FEAST), and; the further development of rTMS for the treatment of mood disorders.
Adjunct Clinical Instructor, Educational Programs and Services (EPS)

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Dr. Rachel Sussman grew up in Allentown, Pennsylvania and Chicago, and completed college at Yale, a master's degree in psychology at Harvard, and her medical degree at Stanford. She worked and studied for several years in Belgium and China. As a former middle and high school science teacher, she has a strong interest in education and the importance of good communication with patients. She has particular interests in women's health, pediatrics, lactation, and nutrition for the whole family. Her interest in psychology also guided her towards a fellowship at Stanford and expertise in addiction and chemical dependency. Dr. Sussman enjoys biking everywhere she can with her three kids, going to the farmer's market on the weekends, reading, and yoga.
Sheila Thares-Callaway, R.N. M.S., M.H.P.N.P.
Mental Health Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

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Sheila Thares-Callaway, R.N. M.S., M.H.P.N.P., received her Master’s Degree in Science from U.C. S.F. with training in Internal Medicine with a specialty as a Mental Health Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Her advanced practice education is built upon an extensive experience as a registered nurse in intensive care. She was the manager at both O’Connor hospital Pain Clinic as well as The Chemical Dependency Recovery Center. Her career includes a volunteer position as WE CARE President, a nurse recovery support group. While Director of Renascence Women’s recovery homes in San Jose and Campbell, she assisted in establishing the residential licensing and certification. She is currently a clinician in addiction medicine and psychiatry. In private practice for over 15 years, supervised by Dr. Jerry Callaway in a small group practice. At Santa Clara Kaiser, Addiction Medicine Recovery Service department she an integral member of a large interdisciplinary team with supervision by Dr. Daniel Saal. She is a member of the American Psychiatric Nurse Association and holds certification with the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She is co-author of a patient handout with Steve Grinstead, Phd., of “Addiction Free Pain Management.” At Kaiser, the scope of her clinical practice includes hospital rounds and assisting with training residents and fellows in addiction medicine from Stanford. She provides physical exams, evaluation, and management of psychiatric illnesses (in private practice). A founding member of the MTD (Multidisciplinary Team) which meets weekly consult to help the Primary Care Physician and Psychiatrists with patients who have complex multi-diagnoses. She is also a member of the Kaiser Linkage Research project which links patients in recovery with a Primary Care Physician. Ms. Thares utilizes multiple modalities in providing counseling and patient education. 

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