John A. Dantzler, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry, has been appointed to the newly created position of Vice Chair for Addiction Programs in the Department of Psychiatry.  Dr. Dantzler currently serves as Executive Director of the department’s Substance Abuse and Criminal Justice Programs located on Beacon Parkway in Homewood.  Dr. Meador-Woodruff stated that, “Since his recruitment several years ago, John has done an exceptional job of managing our off campus programs under the Beacon umbrella, and of increasingly integrating these programs into the core of the department.”  According to Dr. Meador-Woodruff, the new Vice Chair has been charged with growing the department’s addiction-related academic missions, which he sees as critical in the current climate of a major national and local public health crisis of a rapidly expanding substance abusing and addicted population. Dr. Dantzler will focus on expanding Psychiatry’s addiction related academic portfolio and strategically growing clinical services. “John has distinguished himself in his exceptional leadership of our Beacon Parkway programs, and is uniquely positioned to work with our leadership team to bring all of our addiction services and programs under a single umbrella.”  He finished by saying, “John will be a major part of leading our Department-wide efforts to strengthen our addiction related activities.”