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Biography - Jeffery N. Wilkins, MD, DFAPA, DFASAM

WilkinsJeffery-wwwJeffery N. Wilkins, MD, DFAPA, DFASAM, is the Lincy/Heyward-Moynihan Endowed Inaugural Chair in Addiction Medicine, Dept. of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neurosciences, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (CSMC), and Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Dr. Wilkins received his undergraduate degree from University of Notre Dame, his MD and internal medicine internship from University of California, San Diego, and psychiatric training at UCLA followed by a Career Development award from the Veterans Administration. He is currently Chief Medical Officer of a substance use disorder treatment and prevention program for the country of Qatar - Dr. Wilkins will coordinate substance use treatment across all systems of healthcare, while also providing treatment as an alternative to the judicial and enforcement systems. Dr. Wilkins also serves on the boards of both the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM); and he is also on the board of the Brent Shapiro Foundation for Drug Awareness. In addition, he previously served as the President of the California Society of Addiction Medicine, the Board Chair of the Psychological Trauma Center (CSMC) and inaugural Senior Editor of the Journal of Military Behavioral Health (MBH, Taylor & Francis, publishers). During Dr. Wilkins tenure as Senior Editor, the journal presented special issues and spotlights on: protective and risk factors for returning male and female veterans, and assessment of the behavioral health needs of military families, including intimate partner violence, and behavioral health of children in military families.

Dr. Wilkins founded, and served as Program Director of the ACGME fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry at CSMC for 14 years, graduating 18 fellows; the training program is now sponsored within the Greater Los Angeles VAHCS - UCLA/San Fernando Valley Psychiatry Training Programs. Dr. Wilkins has initiated numerous programs for the benefit of children, adult inpatients, and homeless veterans in Los Angeles. For example, he established a community drug prevention program for children in his work with the Brent Shapiro Foundation, and assisting the rollout of prevention programs in Los Angeles city schools. With respect to early intervention, at CSMC, Dr. Wilkins initiated ongoing screening of all new inpatients in the 900 bed hospital for the risk of alcohol withdrawal; at the start, the program required training of over 2,000 nurses and alerting over 2,000 physicians. Of note, the screening program has now run consecutively for over 10 years. In a special housing project with homeless veterans in Los Angeles, Dr. Wilkins’ tracked outcomes of homeless veterans with substance abuse problems in Los Angeles. The results contributed to the securing of Congressional and Senate passage of national funding for providing housing and treatment to homeless veterans across the country. His investigations have received funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute of Mental Health and the Veterans Administration. Dr. Wilkins has written 23 chapters and over 60 articles for numerous peer-reviewed publications including the New England Journal of Medicine, Archives of General Psychiatry, American Journal of Psychiatry, Biological Psychiatry, Psychoneuroendocrinology, and the Journal of Drug and Alcohol Dependence – the publications have received over 3,000 citations; the journals include the New England Journal of Medicine, Archives of General Psychiatry, American Journal of Psychiatry, Biological Psychiatry, Psychoneuroendocrinology, and the Journal of Drug and Alcohol Dependence.