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Biography - John C. Tanner, DO, DFASAM

Dr. Tanner obtained undergraduate degrees from Pennsylvania State University and Hahnemann Medical College (Currently Drexel University) in Philadelphia and held a faculty appointment at Hahnemann. After graduating from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine he completed postgraduate training at an affiliate of University of Florida.

His first position as medical director for an addiction/co-occurring center was in March 1985 and he has been medical director of addiction facilities or psychiatric hospitals almost continuously thereafter. He was Assistant Medical Director for Physicians Recovery Network/"PRN" (monitoring all Florida's health professionals excepting nurses) and continued with PRN for 14 years. From 1995 to March 2013 he provided forensic substance abuse and psychiatric evaluations/treatment for health professionals and attorneys.

As DME at a psychiatric hospital he trained psychiatric and family practice residents in addiction/behavioral medicine, was court expert witness regarding addictions and volunteered services regarding addictions treatment for a homeless shelter. He enjoys frequent lecturing on addiction and psychiatric topics locally and nationally. He had a number of television appearances regarding addiction issues over the years. In October 2006 he was awarded an AOA Hall of Fame Award for mentoring in Addiction Medicine.

He was one of three principal investigators for the phase II/III research leading to DEA approval of Suboxone Film and has experience as medical director for a methadone clinic. He was Chairman of the Department, Chief of Staff and on Board of Directors of a local hospital, where he continues to provide psychiatric/addiction consults.

He's a charter member of American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine since 1988 and served on AOAAM's board of trustees. He was certified by ASAM in 1986, then recertified in 1996/2006 and became a Fellow in 1998. He is an inaugural Diplomate of ABAM, certified MRO by MROCC and clinically certified forensic councilor by the American College of Certified Forensic Councelors.

Currently, he is Medical Director for Intervention Project for Nurses, Florida's program monitoring >1,700 nurses. He is Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry for the University of Florida and Medical Director for UF Health’s Florida Recovery Center of Jacksonville. He maintains a small outpatient and inpatient psychiatric practice. He is also currently serving as Director at Large on the Board of Directors for American Society of Addiction Medicine for the years 2011 through 2015 and serves on the Board of Directors for the Florida Society of Addiction Medicine beginning in 2013.