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Innovations in Addiction

The Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry, now part of the Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute at West Virginia University, has set the standard for excellence in addiction services for over 40 years. We have excelled in clinical care, education of the next generation of psychiatrists and therapists with expertise in addiction, as well as research into addiction causes and treatments. We are at the forefront in the fight against the current opioid epidemic, championing treatment with our Comprehensive Opioid Addiction Treatment Program (COAT) as well the development of innovative harm reduction programs. Our COAT program is nationally-recognized, and providers throughout the United States have been trained to implement their own programs using the COAT model.

Marc W Haut, PhD, ABPP
Professor and Chair
Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry
Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute
West Virginia University School of Medicine

Dr. Ali Rezai, executive chair of the West Virginia University Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute, lays out his bold, new vision for the neurosciences at WVU. Joining Dr. Rezai are WVU President Gorden Gee, Albert Wright, president and chief executive officer of the West Virginia University Health System, and Clay Marsh, MD, vice president and executive dean for Health Science at WVU.

Research drives patient care at any large academic medical center. As stroke treatment has dramatically evolved in the past decade, WVU Medicine’s neurointerventionists have emerged as national leaders in their relatively new field. Here, Ansaar Rai, M.D., WVU Medicine Radiology vice chair of clinical operations, discusses the past and present of stroke treatment.
Neurosurgeons treat their patients through the use of a delicate, targeted procedure; the best neurosurgeons are skilled at several. WVU Medicine neurosurgeon Robert A. Marsh, MD, PhD, says his best approach is unique to each patient, and considers wishes as well as needs.

WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute