UCSF Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship Program


Welcome to the UCSF Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship Program! We are proud to offer a one-year, ACGME-accredited fellowship that provides state-of-the art addiction training, all in the San Francisco Bay area.

Why UCSF?  |  News  |  How to apply  |  Faculty and fellows  |  Sites and rotations  |  Didactics


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The Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship emphasizes evidence-based treatments – including psychosocial therapies, behavioral therapies, and psychopharmacology – for a range of substance use disorders. Prominent features include:

  • Sub-specialty clinics with UCSF faculty supervision (see “Sites and Rotations”)
  • One of two national Substance Use and PTSD (SUPT) VA clinics
  • Adolescent and family treatment experience
  • Training in motivational interviewing with nationally recognized experts
  • Psychotherapy training, including supervision with a trained psychoanalyst
  • Rotation in a private residential addiction treatment center
  • Consultation work at two major San Francisco hospitals
  • Clinical research, including cutting-edge alcohol pharmacotherapy research
  • Mentorship within national organizations, including the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP), American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and California Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM)
  • Opportunities to teach UCSF medical students, residents, and fellows
  • All sites located in the San Francisco area, near many local sites and amenities

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Program news

Applying to the Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship

The applicant must have completed an ACGME-accredited general adult residency in psychiatry and have a valid, completely unrestricted California medical license by the starting date (July 1).

How to apply

The full application consists of:

  1. completed application form
  2. a personal letter of interest
  3. a current CV
  4. three recent professional references, including one from the general psychiatry training director

The California Medical Board requires a minimum of 12 months of training in an ACGME-accredited program and a passing score on the USMLE Step III to qualify for medical licensure.

Trainees must secure a DATA 2000 waiver/DEA-X license to allow for prescription of buprenorphine, and a Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES, i.e., California's electronic prescription monitoring program) login prior to the start date. Fellowship staff can assist accepted candidates with attaining these requirements. All finalists are invited for a day-long process of interviews and clinic visits.

Submission process and deadline

Positions for the 2018-19 academic year have been filled. Applications for the 2019-20 academic year will be accepted beginning June 1, 2018, and we will be recruiting up to three fellows. Please submit all materials directly to Education/Training Coordinator Anderson Lam at anderson.lam@va.gov.

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Michael Hoefer, MD

Michael Hoefer, MD

Director, Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship Program
Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSF Department of Psychiatry
Chief, Opioid Replacement Treatment (ORT) Team
San Francisco VA Medical Center

Tauheed Zaman, MD

Tauheed Zaman, MD

​Associate Director, Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship Program
Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSF Department of Psychiatry
Director, Prescription Opioid Safety Team
San Francisco VA Medical Center

Steven Batki, MD

Steven L. Batki, MD

Professor, UCSF Department of Psychiatry
Chief, Addiction, Recovery, and Treatment Services (ARTS)
Director, Addiction Research Program
San Francisco VA Medical Center

Ellen Herbst, MD

Ellen Herbst, MD

Associate Clinical Professor, UCSF Department of Psychiatry
Medical Director, Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
Associate Chief, Addiction, Recovery, and Treatment Services (ARTS)
San Francisco VA Medical Center

John Straznickas, MD

John Straznickas, MD

Clinical Professor, UCSF Department of Psychiatry
Director, Substance Use/PTSD (SUPT) Clinic
San Francisco VA Medical Center

Sally Vrana, MD

Sally Vrana, MD

Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSF Department of Psychiatry
Director, Drug & Alcohol Treatment (DAT) Clinic
San Francisco VA Medical Center

David Pating, MD

David Pating, MD

Chief, Addiction Medicine, Chemical Dependency Recovery Program
Kaiser Permanente, San Francisco

Murtuza Ghadiali, MD

Murtuza Ghadiali, MD

Assistant Chief, Chemical Dependency Recovery Program
Kaiser Permanente, San Francisco

Current and former Addiction Psychiatry fellows

Year Fellow Residency Site
2017‑2018 Christopher Blazes, MD
Katherine Pier, MD
Bradley Zicherman, MD
Albert Einstein Medical Center
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Texas Tech Health Sciences Center (Child & Adolescent Fellowship: University of South Florida)
2016‑2017 Elie Aoun, MD Brown University
2015‑2016 Smita Das, MD, PhD, MPH
Pernilla Schweitzer, MD
Stanford University
2014‑2015 Nicholas Reeves, MD
Tauheed Zaman, MD
Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Health Alliance
2013‑2014 Zachary Plaut, MD
Joan Striebel, MD
San Mateo County
2012‑2013 John Nguyen, MD Cornell University

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Sites and rotations 

The San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC) and Kaiser Chemical Dependency and Recovery Program (CDRP) are teaching sites for UCSF, and training is considered a core mission.

SFVAMC rotations


San Francisco VA Medical Center

  • Drug and Alcohol Treatment (DAT): treating a range of non-opioid addictions
  • Opiate Treatment Program (OTP): buprenorphine, methadone, Vivitrol treatment
  • Substance Use and PTSD (SUPT): combat-related PTSD and addictions
  • Prescription Opioid Safety Team (POST): consulting on pain/opioid misuse patients
  • Addiction Consultation (AddCon): consulting on general addiction patients
  • Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP): higher-level three days/week treatment program
  • Tobacco Cessation Clinic: behavioral and pharmacologic approaches to cessation
  • Several programs also include groups with opportunities for facilitation training, hospital consultations, and/or opportunities for consulting via video visits to remote patients.


Kaiser CDRP

Kaiser Chemical Dependency and Recovery Program

Kaiser Chemical Dependency and Recovery Program

Kaiser CDRP provides a spectrum of services, which include medical stabilization and detoxification, day treatment, intensive outpatient treatment, multi-cultural and bilingual groups, and psychiatric treatment of co-morbid conditions. CDRP also provides comprehensive treatment for adolescents and families. As part of a larger medical system, CDRP provides integrated consultative services for patients with obstetrical (pregnancy), chronic pain, HIV or Hepatitis C conditions or those requiring emergency or hospital consultation.

Alta Mira

Alta Mira is a private treatment center for substance use and co-occurring disorders. Fellowship experiences here include the opportunity to work alongside the program director in performing patient assessments and treatment in a private residential treatment setting.

Alta Mira

Alta Mira



Addiction psychiatry fellows have a half day of protected time each Wednesday afternoon for didactics and supervision. These sessions are often led by local and national experts in the field of addiction. Didactics include:

  1. Addiction seminar: a weekly, 90-minute seminar covering a range of fundamental topics, aimed at a multidisciplinary audience of physicians, psychologists, social workers and trainees
  2. Education hour: a weekly, 60-minute interactive teaching session including case presentations, journal club, talks on advanced addiction topics
  3. Faculty teaching: several faculty members provide rotation-specific didactics relevant to their area of expertise throughout the year
  4. UCSF Grand Rounds & Drug Use Research Group: select addiction-focused sessions

Previous addiction seminar topics include:

  • Psychedelics and Substance Use
  • Cannabis: Biology to Policy
  • The Relationship Between Disability Payments and Substance Use
  • PTSD, Alcohol Use Disorder and TBI- Treatment Challenges and Strategies
  • Clinical Drug Testing and the Medical Review Officer
  • Addiction Group Therapy
  • Three Views on Chronic Pain and Opioid Use Disorder

Previous education hour topics include:

  • The Intersection of Addiction and Forensic Psychiatry (with forensic and addiction psychiatrist Dr. David Kan)
  • Management of Complex Benzodiazepine Tapers
  • Motivational Interviewing for the Rushed Physician
  • A Research Career in Addiction Psychiatry (with research psychologist Dr. Pennington)
  • Journal clubs and complex addiction case presentations

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