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Hazelden medical director named 'Addiction Physician of the Year'

October 17, 2011
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New York — Philip Gianelli, MD, medical director ofHazelden in New York City and director of addiction psychiatry at the West Midtown Medical Group, has been named 2011 Addiction Physician of the Year by the New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS).

Hazelden, one of the world's largest and most respected private, nonprofit alcohol and drug addiction treatment centers, operates residential and outpatient programs in New York, Minnesota, Oregon, Florida and Illinois.

The annual award recognizes an addiction physician whose work reflects the highest level of professionalism and dedication in serving individuals and families who suffer from addiction.

"Dr. Philip Gianelli ... has distinguished himself through his more than 20 years of unfailing support, enthusiasm and patient-centered addiction services powered by his humane, warm and spirited communication style," reads the OASAS award proclamation.

In addition to serving as a national mentor for the physicians' clinical support system for treatment of opiate dependency, Dr. Gianelli has developed a protocol for use and management of benzodiazepines and instructions for staff regarding suicide prevention in outpatient addiction treatment programs.

He provides medical management of the neuro-psychiatric side effects of patients under Hepatitis C care, and support for interns under Columbia University's study on motivational interviewing.

"Dr. Gianelli brings unmatched knowledge, experience and dedication to his work on behalf of Hazelden patients," says Barbara Kistenmacher, Ph.D., executive director of Hazelden's programs in New York. "He is highly regarded by patients and their families, and is widely respected by colleagues in the field."

Hazelden's Chelsea center, at 322 8th Avenue, provides outpatient addiction treatment and recovery support services for adults. Its soon-to-open Tribeca facility, located at 283 West Broadway, will provide outpatient addiction treatment services for adults as well as a first-of-its-kind collegiate recovery housing program.