If you go the emergency department with a broken arm, you will get an x-ray, a cast, and be referred to see an orthopedic specialist. If you have a serious heart problem you will be referred to a cardiologist. What happens if you come to the hospital with endocarditis – an infection of the heart caused by drug use? You will see a heart specialist, an infectious disease doctor, but will you see a specialist who can help treat the cause of the problem – the addiction? Addiction Medicine specialty care should be available just like a pain specialist or palliative care specialist.
Dr. Timothy Brennan is one of the pioneers who is out to make addiction medicine specialty medical care more available in America.
Timothy K. Brennan MD, MPH
Dr. Brennan is the Director of the Addiction Institute at Mount Sinai West and Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospitals. He is also the Director of the Fellowship in Addiction Medicine Program at the Icahn School of Medicine Mount Sinai. Dr. Brennan has spoken at local, state, national and international levels about addiction policy issues, particularly as related to young adults. He is the co-editor of Lippincott’s “Essentials of Addiction Medicine”, and was appointed by Governor Cuomo to serve on the Medical Review Board at the New York State Justice Center.
He is a frequent contributor in the media regarding addiction issues and has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CBS News, and NPR. Dr. Brennan volunteers as a member of the Adolescent Advisory Panel at the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services.
Dr. Brennan completed his Fellowship in Addiction Medicine at The Addiction Institute, a Fellowship in Medical Ethics at Harvard Medical School, and a Residency in Pediatrics at New York Presbyterian Hospital / Weill Cornell Medical College. He also completed an intern year in Internal Medicine at Georgetown University Hospital. He received a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, and a combined MD/MPH from Tulane University School of Medicine and School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.
He is Board Certified in Pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics and Board Certified in Addiction Medicine by the American Board of Preventive Medicine.
Additional Information on Dr. Brennan
The ASAM Essentials of Addiction Medicine
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