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Biography - William F. Haning, III, MD, DFASAM, DFAPA

Background:  Dr. William Haning is a tenured Professor of Psychiatry and Director of M.D. Programs (Undergraduate Medical Education) in the Office of the Dean at the University of Hawaii’s John A. Burns School of Medicine. He directs training and research programs in Addiction Medicine and Addiction Psychiatry. He is certified in Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry, and Addiction Medicine, Chairs the Examination Committee for Addiction Psychiatry of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, has received several teaching awards, sits on the ABAM Training Committee, chairs or sits on community service boards (Perinatal Addiction Treatment Hawaii [PATH] Clinic, Hawaii Program for Healthcare Providers), and is Principal Investigator for the Pacific Addiction Research Center (PARC®), currently leading the State’s DWI Court initiative.  He holds an A.B. (Philosophy) from Princeton University and an M.D. from the University of Hawai`i at Manoa.  He is an elected Member of the American College of Psychiatrists, a Distinguished Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. His clinical services include or have included the general adult population in emergency medicine for 12 years, two residential SUD treatment facilities (one civilian, one Dept. of Defense) as Medical Director, and community psychiatric and MAT patients. He came by his career as many in the Society have, both as a clinician and as a recipient of care.

:  Bill has been very fortunate.  He has received teaching awards inclusive of the APA’s Nancy C.A. Roeske Certificate, the John M. Hardman Award for Mentorship from the John A. Burns School of Medicine of the University of Hawai`i, the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, and the University of Hawai`i Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching.  He has chaired or just plain worked for several community service boards.  In 2014, the Hawai`i Medical Association designated him Hawai`i’s Physician of the Year.  The Force Surgeon (medical director) 2001-2007 for both U.S. Marine Forces Pacific and for Marine Forces Central Command in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Bill served subsequently as the Division Psychiatrist, 4th Marine Division.  A Captain in the Navy Reserve, he transferred to the Fleet Reserve in 2009 and continues as the Professional Services Liaison Officer for Hawai`i; his awards include the Legion of Merit.  

ASAM:  Dr. Haning has been an AMSAODD and ASAM member since 1988, and was a founding member of the Hawaii Society of Addiction Medicine, serving as its President intermittently. He is currently the ASAM Director for Region 8.  He Chairs the Publications Council, sits on the Policy Committee, participates in the Chapters Council, and has been Interim Editor and now Editor-in-Chief of The ASAM Weekly since January 2015. Other organizational memberships include AAAP, AMERSA, APA, AMA, ACP, ISAM, AADPRT, COPE and AMSUS. 

Career Aims:  His professional interests include stimulant use disorders (methamphetamine), forensic addiction medicine, and public policy, as well as development of training programs. His primary passion is directing the neuroscience curriculum for the John A. Burns School of Medicine of the University of Hawaii.  He currently oversees Admissions, Student Affairs, Medical Education, and the premedical tracks constituting the Medical Doctorate program at his home medical school.   Present projects include establishment of an addictions policy and education institute in Hawai`i (Center for Addiction Medicine Pacific, CAMP®), and beginning a curriculum in the history of medicine.

He spends a lot of time trying to defeat age through exercise, which seems only to wear him out; and an equal amount of time trying to understand humanity by reading history, which only raises more questions.  He lives in Manoa Valley in Honolulu where he is the undeserving spouse of the remarkable Dr. Libby Char, Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery in Emergency Medicine.