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Lakeview Health names addiction medicine doctor as new chief medical officer

October 1, 2013
by Shannon Brys, Associate Editor
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Lakeview Health, an alcohol and drug treatment campus in Jacksonville, Fla., has officially named Dr. Melissa Lee Warner as chief medical officer. Warner is a renowned expert in abstinence-based 12-Step model drug and alcohol treatment and a frequent speaker on addiction medicine with a specialization in chronic pain. She will be working with chief of staff Dr. William S. Jacobs in the center’s continued partnership with the University of Florida’s Department of Psychiatry to advance the field of addiction medicine.

“This is a big win for Lakeview,” remarked Roy Serpa, president and chief executive officer of Lakeview Health. “We were looking for someone who could set a new course as the new standard of care. Dr. Warner’s national reputation made her an obvious choice.”

A graduate of Eastern Virginia Medical School, Warner completed her Family Practice residency at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She completed a fellowship in Addiction Medicine at Willingway Hospital in Statesboro, Georgia; with a concurrent faculty development fellowship in Family Medicine at UNC Chapel Hill. Warner is known for her cutting edge lectures on the “The Big Book” and has a special interest in non-intoxicating approaches to pain management for recovering patients, as well as nicotine sobriety. Warner is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine and the American Board of Addiction Medicine.

“I am excited to contribute to the dynamic evolution of Lakeview Health. I look forward to leading the medical team; and joining the clinical team, as we move in the direction of open collaboration and the finest practices of addiction medicine. The first priority of our team is increasingly greater success for long-term sobriety to those individuals and families that are struggling with addictive and other disorders,” said Warner.

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