President Elect and Education & Training Committee Co-Chair
Dr. Alex Baldacchino (UK) MD, MRCPsych, FRCPsych, FRCPE, FISAM, MPhil, PhD
My main professional interest lies in improving the lives of individuals with a history of substance misuse problems. I hold a joint clinical academic position with the University of St Andrews as Professor of Medicine, Psychiatry and Addictions together with NHS Scotland as Senior Consultant and Clinical Director in Addiction Medicine with NHS Fife.
My research portfolios have a common thread of understanding the comorbid conditions (physical and psychological) arising as a result of chronic abuse of pharmacological agents of dependence potential especially opioids and alcohol. I am interested in utilising informatics and other digital health science systems, clinical outcome data, neuropsychological and neuroimaging processes amongst many other possibilities in order to identify and minimise risks present in this patient population
I graduated as a doctor in Malta in 1987 gaining my MD in the process. I eventually decided to study psychiatry as my clinical specialisation following a period of internal medicine jobs. I therefore joined the basic and higher psychiatric schemes in the UK (Cambridge, Edinburgh, Fife and London) in order to fulfil my requirements as a general psychiatrist and as a specialist in addiction medicine. I was awarded my Membership and Fellowship with the Royal College of Psychiatrists (United Kingdom) (MRCPsych in 1994 and FRCPsych in 2007) and Fellowship with the Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh) (FRCPE) in 2016. Always interested in research and teaching in addiction medicine I pursued an academic career alongside my basic medical and higher psychiatric training. I joined as a lecturer and senior lecturer with St George’s Hospital Medical School in London and then with Ninewells Hospital Medical School in Dundee. I was awarded my MPhil in Psychiatry from the University of Edinburgh in 1996 and a PhD in Medicine from the University of Dundee in 2012.
I am an Executive Board Member and Co-Chair for the Training and Education Committee of the International Society of Addiction Medicine (ISAM). In 2016 I have been awarded the ISAM Fellowship (FISAM). I am also founding member for the European Network for Training, Education and Research (ENTER)-Mental Health and the Centre for Addiction Research and Educations Scotland (CARES). Other positions include Associate Director for the Social Dimensions of Health Institute (SDHI), NHS Fife Research and Development (R&D) Director and President for ISAMDundee2015 World Congress.
Last but certainly not least I am honoured to spend time with patients who need the best of clinical care and compassion and where, I hope, my intervention makes a difference in their quality of life.