Reflecting our HCA mission and together with our community partners, we
are committed to train exceptional, knowledgeable, caring addiction medicine
physicians to provide comprehensive, compassionate and evidence-based
care to our patients, their families and our communities that are impacted
by the diseases of addiction in a collaborative, innovative learning environment.
The Addiction Medicine Fellowship is a one-year clinical fellowship, the
first such fellowship in Nevada specializing in training physicians in
substance use disorders – from prevention and early detection through
treatment of complications of advanced disease. This newly accredited
ACGME fellowship provides a broad-spectrum community-based training designed
to prepare graduate physicians for clinical and academic careers in Addiction
Medicine, focused on developing and enhancing evidence-based addiction
prevention and treatment services for all patients, families and communities.
Beyond substance use disorders, the addiction medicine fellowship provides
an opportunity for physicians to develop skills in treating patients suffering
from other behavioral or “process disorders” such as gambling
or sex addiction.
Our partners include:
- Southern Hills Hospital and its various clinical services, including the
Behavioral Health Pavilion, our Emergency Department and adult Critical Care Unit
- Las Vegas Recovery Center, a freestanding comprehensive treatment center
for chronic pain and addiction established in 2003, including patient
and family assessment, inpatient detox and residential treatment with
transition to the continuum of outpatient treatment programs. It was one
of the first centers in the US to provide an Opiate Free Pain Recovery
Track for patients recovering from opioid use disorder and chronic pain
under the leadership of its founding medical director, Mel Pohl, MD.
- Center for Behavioral Health, Center for Behavioral Health (CBH) is a multi-state
non-profit company with services ranging from confidential assessment
and full range of treatments through its outpatient treatment program
(OTP) and outpatient services, along with wrap-around services based on
the ASAM Criteria and Levels of Care across the continuum. Key to its
services, CBH provides all three federally approved medications for opiate
use disorder (OUD): buprenorphine (in all its formulations), naltrexone
(eg., Vivitrol), and methadone.
- CBH receives funding as one of three Integrated Opioid Treatment and Recovery
Centers (IOTRC), a hybrid of the hubs in the Hub and Spoke models in the
state of Nevada.
- The VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System (VASNHS) in North Las Vegas is
a campus with a 90-bed inpatient facility which opened in 2012 with a
20-bed inpatient psychiatric ward. The VASNHS provides services to more
than 45,000 inpatients yearly and 450,000 outpatient visits.
- The Addictive Disorders Treatment Program at the VA, the Las Vegas VA Residential
Recovery & Renewal Center (“LVR3”), is a 20 bed residential
treatment center (RTC) that provides evaluation, admission, and treatment
of Veterans with substance use disorders and/or gambling disorders.
The goal of the new fellowship is in part to combat the opioid crisis in
Nevada. According to the Centers for Disease Control, drug overdose deaths
continue to rise in our country. From 1999 to 2017 more than 700,000 people
died from a drug overdose. In 2018 alone, 67,367 people died. Across 36
states drug overdoses have become the leading cause of injury deaths.
Nearly half of all overdose deaths involve prescription drugs.
“The approval of an addiction medicine fellowship is critically needed
in Nevada where addiction has impacted so many in our community,”
Program Director Dr. Maureen Strohm Said. “We believe training our
physicians on addiction will save lives.”
Beyond substance abuse, the addiction medicine fellowship provides an opportunity
for physicians to become specialized in treating patients suffering from
other behavioral abnormalities and addictive behaviors such as gambling
or sex addiction.
While some addiction fellowships only train psychiatrists, this addiction
medicine fellowship is multidisciplinary, accepting physicians from many
different specialties, including family medicine and psychiatry.
Now that initial accreditation is in place, Southern Hills will begin recruiting
two physicians for the one-year fellowship, set to begin July 1.
The fellows will have the opportunity to work in many different places
throughout the region, such as MountainView Hospital, Sunrise Hospital,
as well as Nevada Health Centers.
“Addiction doesn’t just affect one person, it ripples through
families and our entire community. It is time we as healthcare professionals
do what we can to stop this crisis,” Alexis Mussi, Chief Executive
Officer of Southern Hills Hospital said. “This addiction medicine
fellowship is a step in the right direction to helping those who need
About Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Consortium:
Southern Hills Hospital’s residency program is a part of the Sunrise
Health Graduate Medical Education Consortium, which currently has 153
residents based at MountainView and Southern Hills. Sunrise Health Graduate
Medical Education received a significant amount of applications for a
limited number of positions, and successfully matched and filled all resident
Southern Hills GME program is a part of HCA Healthcare Sunrise Consortium
To apply or to learn more about the Addiction Medicine Fellowship, visit
The program will provide well-rounded educational and clinical training
in the prevention, evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, and recovery of individuals
with the disease of addiction, substance use related health conditions,
and those who are exhibiting an unhealthy use of substances including
nicotine, alcohol, prescription medications as well as other legal and
The goal of the program is to train the next generation of leaders to advance
evidence-based clinical care and academic understanding of addiction by
striving for continuous enrichment of the training experience. The program
will prepare trainees for clinical and academic leadership in Addiction
Medicine and for the certification examination.
The fellowship program is designed to provide a 12 month intensive academic
and clinical experience for applicants who are board certified or board
eligible in Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal
Medicine, Preventive Medicine, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Pediatrics, or Psychiatry.
Following completion of training each fellow will be able to: