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Biography - Anika Alvanzo, MD, MS, FACP, DFASAM


Anika Alvanzo, MD, MS is a graduate of the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and holds a master’s degree in biostatistics from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine (since 2010). She has been a member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine since 2008 and is a Fellow of ASAM. Dr. Alvanzo currently serves as President-Elect for the Maryland Society of Addiction Medicine (MDSAM).

Dr. Alvanzo is an Assistant Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. From 2008 – 2012 she was the Medical Director of the Johns Hopkins Broadway Center for Addiction, a comprehensive outpatient substance use disorder treatment program providing intensive outpatient, outpatient and medication-assisted treatment services. Since 2011, she has been the Director of the Johns Hopkins Hospital Substance Use Disorders Consultation Service. In this role she directs a multidisciplinary consultation service that conducts brief behavioral interventions and counseling with patients, provides guidance on the clinical management of patients with substance use disorders and associated consequences, facilitates linkage to hospital and community-based alcohol and drug treatment programs, provides brief buprenorphine/naloxone bridges for the gap between hospital discharge and treatment intake, and educates patients, families, healthcare professionals and the community to prevent, identify, and treat persons living with addiction. Dr. Alvanzo is also the Director of the Substance Use Disorders Rotation for the Johns Hopkins Medicine-Pediatrics Urban Health and Urban Health Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency track programs. Her research interests include gender and race/ethnicity differences in the risk for substance use disorders, screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment in diverse settings and the association between psychological trauma, posttraumatic stress, and substance use, particularly in women. Dr. Alvanzo has served as an expert on National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) panels on the role of opioids in chronic pain and integration of recovery-oriented care in hospital and medical settings, respectively.

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