SAMHSA Appoints Elinore F. McCance-Katz, M.D. to the New Position of Chief Medical Officer

“The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Administrator Pamela S. Hyde announced the appointment of Elinore F. McCance-Katz, M.D., Ph.D. as SAMHSA’s first chief medical officer. In this capacity she will provide medical-scientific expertise to SAMHSA’s major behavioral health efforts including those promoting the prevention of mental illnesses and substance use disorders, as well as the treatment and recovery of people from these conditions.

Dr. McCance-Katz will also work with leading scientists in the field of behavioral health to ensure that SAMHSA is advancing the most effective, state-of-the-art, evidence-based approaches to promoting the nation’s behavioral health services. She will also represent SAMHSA on key departmental groups requiring medical expertise and work with stakeholder groups on clinical issues.

In her post as chief medical officer, Dr. McCance-Katz will play a key role in providing a medical perspective to SAMHSA’s staff and advisory committee members on the wide range of behavioral health issue they address. She will also organize, direct, present and participate in other public meetings and symposia involving SAMHSA’s work and the field of behavioral health.”

Source: – May 20, 2013