Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds

Distinguished Visiting Lecturer Series Presentation:
A Framework for Public Health: "Facing Addiction in America" During an Opioid Epidemic

H. Westley Clark, MD, JD, MPH, CAS, FASAM
Dean's Executive Professor of Public Health
Santa Clara University

Former Director
Center for Substance Abuse Treatment
U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration


About the speaker:
Dr. Clark is currently the Dean’s Executive Professor of Public Health at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara California.  He is formerly the Director of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Service, where he led the agency’s national effort to provide effective and accessible treatment to all Americans with addictive disorders.  Dr. Clark was also the former chief of the Associated Substance Abuse Programs at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in San Francisco, California and a former associate clinical professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of California at San Francisco (UCSF).  Dr. Clark served as a senior program consultant to the Robert Wood Johnson, Substance Abuse Policy Program, a co-investigator on a number of the National Institute on Drug Abuse-funded research grants. He worked for Senator Edward Kennedy as a health counsel on the US Senate Committee of Labor and Human Resources.

He recently contributed to the U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Health as a Section Editor for Treatment.  He  is a member of the Board of Directors of the non-profit Felton Institute, a family service agency in San Francisco. He is on the Board of Directors of Faces and Voices of Recovery, a group that advocates for the needs  of people in recovery from addiction. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation.

He has received numerous awards for his contributions to the field of substance abuse treatment, including: the 2015 Lisa Mojer-Torres Award from Faces and Voices of Recovery, the 2015 James Ralph Memorial Award for Outstanding Public Service from the Black Psychiatrist of America, An  2015 Annual Award, American Society of Addiction Medicine, a 2013 Friend of the Field Award from AATOD, a  2013 Life Time Achievement Award, American Public Health Association, ATOD section, the 2013 Public Policy Award, American Society of Addiction Medicine, the 2011Gold Key Award, National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence,   a 2008 President Rank of  Distinguished Executive Award and a 2003 President Rank of Meritorious Executive Award in the Senior Executive Service.  He was awarded the 2008 John P. McGovern Award from the American Society of Addiction Medicine for his contributions toward increased understanding of the relationship between addiction and society. Other awards include the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service; Vernelle Fox Award from the California Society of Addiction Medicine for excellence in Addiction Medicine, Education and Public Service, 2000.  

Dr. Clark received a BA in Chemistry from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan; he holds a Medical Degree and a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; where he completed a Psychiatric Residency at University Hospital, Neuropsychiatric Institute.  He obtained his Juris Doctorate from Harvard University Law School and completed a two-year Substance Abuse Fellowship at the DVAMC-SF.  Dr. Clark received his board certification from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Psychiatry. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. He is ABAM-certified in Addiction Medicine.  Dr. Clark is licensed to practice medicine in California, Maryland, Massachusetts and Michigan.  He is also a member of the Washington, D.C., Bar.


Learning objectives:
At the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify the epidemiology of substance use disorders in the United States
  • Describe the importance of a comprehensive approach to substance use
  • Explain the importance of prevention, treatment, and recovery as it applies


Remote live streaming locations:

  • Zuckerberg San Francisco General: Building 5, Room 7M30
  • San Francisco VA Medical Center: Building 8, Room 320B
  • Clearlake VA Clinic
  • Eureka VA Clinic
  • San Bruno VA Clinic
  • San Francisco VA Downtown Clinic
  • Santa Rosa VA Clinic
  • Ukiah VA Clinic

Live streaming is also available at


Grand Rounds presentations are for educational purposes and intended for a professional audience only.

To qualify for CME credit for this event, participants must (1) attend in-person or at one of the approved live streaming locations listed above; and (2) sign in at their location.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 8:00am to 9:30am

N-225 Auditorium
513 Parnassus Avenue, San Francisco, California 94143