UTHSC professor to lead national fight for better addiction treatment
The American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) has appointed Dr. John Pichot to serve on its board of directors and to head the AAAP's Public Policy Section.
Dr. Pichot is a professor in the department of psychiatry and associate director of the South Texas Veterans Health Care System's substance abuse treatment program.
"Abuse of alcohol, drugs and nicotine is the nation's No. 1 health problem, accounting for more than 500,000 preventable deaths each year," Dr. Pichot said. "The AAAP is a professional organization which promotes accessibility to effective addiction treatment for all who need it and promotes excellence in the clinical treatment of addiction."
The AAAP also issues policy statements on medical care for pregnant women who are addicted, and on addiction-related issues such as medical marijuana, and harm reduction policies such as needle and syringe exchange programs. "I will also provide leadership for the plan to review and revise those policies," Dr. Pichot said.
Dr. Pichot joined the AAAP in 1995 and has since served on the Fellowship Training Committee and the Psychopharmacology Committee. He also serves as a faculty member on the AAAP National Addiction Psychiatry Review Course.
Dr. Pichot began his work at the UTHSC in 1993 and now directs the addiction psychiatry residency program in the department of psychiatry.