Phoenix House Appoints Dr. Andrew Kolodny as Chief Medical Officer

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Andrew Kolodny, M.D.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.”

Please see our media release to learn more about Dr. Kolodny and contact Jean Chu-Hsu, MA, Executive Assistant to CMO, for media inquiries via email at

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1 Comment

  • Joe P

    I feel that most folks are subject to comfort, or the persuit of it. Dr. you come across as all people who are not looking into a funeral do not deserve to have comfort.
    I do not belive this is what you are saying to all, but if it is, then shame on you. I took very high doses of opiates for 12 years and took myself off them last Oct.
    I won’t state here the doseing, but I wil say I continued to work all those years keeping my family in the same house, pretty well fed, and through college.
    Living in a world of pain now is humiliating. People see you flinch or grimance and they assoicate that with drug addition. Dependency is the same cousin as addition, but far from the same set of challenages. You seem not to understand that. I’m sure I have misunderstood what your real meaning was or someting like that, but I read the article about the Zohydro and the FDA. You realize sometimes people can benifit from something you may not understand or apprecieate, and that dose not make it wrong.

    Sorry about the spelling..