Phoenix House welcomes Andrew Kolodny, M.D., as Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Kolodny, a nationally recognized psychiatrist and public health advocate, will now oversee Phoenix House’s clinical programming nationwide.
A tireless champion for patients and families, Dr. Kolodny has spent his career treating and advocating for those impacted by addiction. With a passion for public health, Dr. Kolodny has led life-saving clinical initiatives in settings that range from a city health department to a major metropolitan hospital. He has also consistently spoken out about pressing health crises, becoming a leading advocate for policy measures to reduce our nation’s prescription drug abuse epidemic.
Dr. Kolodny joins Phoenix House after serving as Chair of Psychiatry at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. Board-certified in psychiatry and addiction medicine, Dr. Kolodny is a national expert on the opioid addiction epidemic and has been a go-to expert for numerous media outlets, including CNN, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.
In Dr. Kolodny’s clinical practice, he specializes in the treatment of opioid addiction. He is currently President of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing (PROP) and was previously the Medical Director for Special Projects in the Office of the Executive Deputy Commissioner for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. For New York City, he helped develop and implement multiple programs to improve the health of New Yorkers and save lives, including city-wide buprenorphine programs, naloxone overdose prevention programs, and emergency room-based screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT) programs for drug and alcohol misuse.
Howard Meitiner, President and CEO of Phoenix House, says Dr. Kolodny brings to Phoenix House a wealth of clinical experience and a passion for public education and policy reform: “It will be our great fortune to have him at the helm of our clinical services as we strive to touch more lives and improve the quality of care in the era of healthcare reform.”