Our program is a one-year fellowship affiliated with the Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center in Philadelphia.  This Fellowship is funded through a disbursement agreement between the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and is one of the oldest in the country.  This program provides clinical training for physicians who wish to become qualified in clinical treatment for substance-abuse patients.  All trainees will be fully educated in all current behavioral, psychological, and pharmacological techniques used in the treatment of patients with a substance use disorder. The clinical training program at the Philadelphia VAMC is certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties. At the completion of the program fellows will be eligible to receive certification in Addiction Psychiatry


The Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship Program educates physicians who wish to become qualified in clinical treatment of patients with substance use disorders, providing current behavioral, psychological, and pharmacological techniques used in the treatment of patients with SUDs. Trainees are given ‘hands-on” supervised experience with all treatments for addictive disorders including dependence on nicotine, alcohol, cocaine, and opiates.  The treatment techniques include behavioral therapies, and psychotherapies as well as all types of medication.  The mission of the fellowship is closely aligned with the overall mission of the University of Pennsylvania in that it seeks to train psychiatrists to improve the health of our patients and to assure safe care through engagement, continuity and value.

Specific program goals include:

1. development of excellent clinicians in the field of substance abuse treatment;

2. development of resident/trainees for leadership roles in the field of substance abuse treatment;

3. the development of physicians who are able to critically evaluate clinical research literature in the field of substance abuse treatment;

4. the development of physicians interested in primary, secondary and tertiary treatment/prevention of substance abuse;

5. the development of physicians who will be able to assume academic positions in medical school and graduate departments to enhance education/training and research in substance abuse at those institutions.


Core Clinical Experience.    Fellows will have a full-time clinical experience for 12 months.  Trainees will be fully educated in all current behavioral, psychological and pharmacological techniques used in treatment of patients with substance use disorders.  Training is provided in individual, (face to face, telehealth) and  group therapy settings utilizing a variety of techniques including:  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychotherapy, Pharmacotherapy.   This is achieved through clinical rotations, seminars, didactics, grand rounds, journal clubs and research projects.


  • Inpatient dual-diagnosis -  Fellows will spend 3 months of their time  as a member of a treatment team including a physician, nurse, counselor, and social worker and will maintain a caseload of patients under the supervision of faculty physicians.
  • Addiction Recovery Unit (ARU) - The ARU is the primary outpatient treatment program for all drug addictions at the CMC VAMC except for opiate dependent patients participating in methadone maintenance treatment. We offer a wide array of services to help address addiction. 
  • Opioid Treatment Program (OTP) – Outpatient treatment of opiate dependent patients providing methadone maintenance, counseling, and case management.
  • Pain Management - is a multidisciplinary service staffed by physicians, nurses and pharmacists treating patients with chronic pain .  Patients with chronic pain are referred to this service by primary care physicians a well as sub specialists.  Truly addicted patients are differentiated from patients whose undertreatment of pain leads to pseudo addiction.
  • Adolescent Addiction Treatment – conducted at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, designed to give fellows an opportunity to increase their knowledge of adolescent addiction and gain skills in the assessment and treatment of youth with substance use disorders.
  • Penn Family Medicine – Fellows will participate in the treatment of pregnant and perinatal women with Opioid Use Disorder followed in the primary care clinics of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Seminars/Didactics - weekly didactic presentations from faculty of the University of Pennsylvania Center for Studies of Addiction

  • The History of Addiction Psychiatry and the Discoveries of the Penn/ VA Research Center
  • Behavioral Treatments for SUD
  • Genetics of Opioid Addiction
  • Pharmacotherapy of alcohol use disorder
  • Pharmacotherapy for Opioid Use Disorder
  • Treatment of Stimulant Use Disorder
  • Injectable and Implantable Meds for OUD
  • Pain, Suicide and Substance Use disorders
  • Late Life Addictions
  • Brain substrates of relapse

Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds – Presented by faculty in department of Psychiatry and Invited guest speakers

Center for Studies of Addiction didactics and journal club – Sponsored by a P30 Center and presented by CSA faculty and invited guests

Core Faculty:

Kyle Kampman, MD, Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship Director

E. Cabrina Campbell, MD

Subhajit Chakravorty, MD

Martin D. Cheatle, PhD

Anna Rose Childress, PhD

Yu-Heng Guo, MD

Judith S. Kastenberg, MD

Henry Kranzler, MD

James McKay, PhD

Charles P. O’Brien, MD, PhD

David W. Oslin, MD

Hope Selarnick, MD

George Woody, MD

Wayne A. Godfrey, MD

Michelle Naps, MD

Terri L. Randall, MD

Application Information/Qualification:  AAMC- ERAS link and contact information.   All applicants must complete an ACGME-accredited residency in general psychiatry prior to entering our program.  Accepted applicants are required to obtain a PA Medical Training License as part of their onboarding with our GME Office.  Only psychiatrist who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the US are eligible.

Applications will be accepted through the AAMC ERAS website starting July 1st of each recruitment cycle.  Please go to the link below for more information about the application process:

For questions about the program, please contact the Program Director:

Kyle Kampman MD
Professor of Psychiatry
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
Center for Studies of Addiction
3535 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 746-0222


Or the Program Coordinator:

Dot McDougall 
Corporal Michael J. Crescenz Philadelphia VA Medical Center
3900 Woodland Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 823-5800 x206163


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