UCSF Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship Program


Welcome to the UCSF Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship Program! We are proud to offer a one-year, ACGME-accredited fellowship that provides state-of-the art addiction training, all in the San Francisco Bay area.

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The Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship emphasizes evidence-based treatments – including psychosocial therapies, behavioral therapies, and psychopharmacology – for a range of substance use disorders. Prominent features include:

  • Sub-specialty clinics with UCSF faculty supervision (see “Sites and Rotations”)
  • One of two national Substance Use and PTSD (SUPT) VA clinics
  • Adolescent and family treatment experience
  • Training in motivational interviewing with nationally recognized experts
  • Psychotherapy training, including supervision with a trained psychoanalyst
  • Rotation in a private residential addiction treatment center
  • Consultation work at two major San Francisco hospitals
  • Clinical research, including cutting-edge alcohol pharmacotherapy research
  • Mentorship within national organizations, including the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP), American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and California Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM)
  • Opportunities to teach UCSF medical students, residents, and fellows
  • All sites located in the San Francisco area, near many local sites and amenities

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Program news

Applying to the Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship

The applicant must have completed an ACGME-accredited general adult residency in psychiatry and have a valid, completely unrestricted California medical license, DEA-X license to prescribe buprenorphine, and California ePDMP login (CURES) prior to the starting date (July 1).

How to apply

Our program uses the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) to process applications. Visit the ERAS website to learn more.

The recruitment timeline for fellows starting July 1, 2023, is:

  • July 6, 2022: ERAS applications open
  • July 20, 2022: ERAS application released to the fellowship programs
  • July 22–Nov. 16, 2022 (~four months): Interview season
  • Nov. 16, 2022: Applicant and program NRMP Rank Order lists due
  • Nov. 30, 2022: Match Day
  • After Nov. 30, 2022: Applicants can apply to programs directly

Submission process and deadline

Positions for the 2022-2023 academic year have been filled. Applications for the 2023-2024 academic year will be accepted beginning July 6, 2022 via the ERAS website. Fellowship selection will occur via the NRMP Match and we will be recruiting up to four fellows. Please submit all application materials to ERAS and contact program director Michael Hoefer, MD, at [email protected] with any questions.

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Core faculty

Michael Hoefer, MD

Michael Hoefer, MD

Director, Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship Program
Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSF Department of Psychiatry
Chief, Opioid Treatment Program (OTP)
San Francisco VA Medical Center


Tauheed Zaman, MD

​Associate Director, Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship Program
Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSF Department of Psychiatry
Director, Addiction Consult and Opioid Safety
San Francisco VA Medical Center


Takeo Toyoshima, MD

VA Site Director, Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship Program
Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSF Department of Psychiatry
Director, Drug & Alcohol Treatment (DAT) Clinic
San Francisco VA Medical Center


Katherine Pier, MD

Kaiser Site Director, Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship Program
Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSF Department of Psychiatry
Kaiser Permanente, San Francisco

Steven Batki, MD

Steven L. Batki, MD

Senior Consultant, Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship Program
Professor, UCSF Department of Psychiatry
Chief, Addiction, Recovery, and Treatment Services (ARTS)
Director, Addiction Research Program
San Francisco VA Medical Center

Ellen Herbst, MD

Ellen Herbst, MD

Associate Clinical Professor, UCSF Department of Psychiatry
Medical Director, Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
Associate Chief, Addiction, Recovery, and Treatment Services (ARTS)
San Francisco VA Medical Center

John Straznickas, MD

John Straznickas, MD

Clinical Professor, UCSF Department of Psychiatry
Director, Substance Use/PTSD (SUPT) Clinic
San Francisco VA Medical Center

Murtuza Ghadiali, MD

Murtuza Ghadiali, MD

Assistant Chief, Chemical Dependency Recovery Program
Kaiser Permanente, San Francisco

Community supervisors

Peter Banys, MD, MSc

Peter Banys, MD, MSc

Clinical Professor, UCSF Department of Psychiatry
Technical Consultant, Addiction Psychiatry, European Union EPOS-Philippines and WHO-Philippines

Jeffrey Devido, MD

Jeffrey Devido, MD

Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSF Department of Psychiatry
Director of Addiction Services, Marin Country Department of Public Health

David Kan, MD, DFASAM

David Kan, MD, DFASAM

Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSF Department of Psychiatry
Medical Director, Bright Heart Health
Private practice

Volunteer clinical faculty


Kristine Burkman, PhD

Assistant Professor, UCSF Department of Psychiatry
Staff Psychologist, Substance Use and PTSD Clinic
San Francisco VA Medical Center


Christopher Galloway, PhD

Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSF Department of Psychiatry
Director, Intensive Outpatient and Transitions Programs
San Francisco VA Medical Center

Current and former Addiction Psychiatry fellows

Year Fellow (Residency site)
2021-2022 Eric Alcid, MD, PhD (UCSF)
Farhan Ladhani, BA, MD (Boston Medical Center)
Stephen Leung, MD (Univ. of Michigan)
Jack Van Bezooyen, MD (Univ. of Southern California)
2020‑2021 Tiffany Arnold, MD (Louisiana State Univ. Shreveport)
Adam Berns, MD (Zucker Hillside Hospital)
Isabella Morton, MD, MPH (UCLA)
2019‑2020 Martha Ignaszewski, MD (Adult: Univ. of Massachusetts • Child and Adolescent: Harvard Univ./Boston Children's Hospital)
Jennifer Papac, MD (Stanford Univ.)
Christopher Rienas, MD (UCSF)
2018‑2019 Madison Johnson, MD (Vanderbilt Univ.)
Shakevia Johnson, MD (Vanderbilt Univ.)
Takeo Toyoshima, MD (UCSF)
2017‑2018 Christopher Blazes, MD (Albert Einstein Medical Center)
Katherine Pier, MD (Mt. Sinai College of Medicine)
Bradley Zicherman, MD (Adult: Texas Tech Health Sciences Center • Child and Adolescent: Univ. of South Florida)
2016‑2017 Elie Aoun, MD (Brown Univ.)
2015‑2016 Smita Das, MD, PhD, MPH (Stanford Univ.)
Pernilla Schweitzer, MD (UCSF)
2014‑2015 Nicholas Reeves, MD (UCLA)
Tauheed Zaman, MD (Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Health Alliance)
2013‑2014 Zachary Plaut, MD (San Mateo County)
Joan Striebel, MD (UCLA)
2012‑2013 John Nguyen, MD (Cornell Univ.)

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Sites and rotations 

The San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC) and Kaiser Permanente Addiction Medicine & Recovery Services (AMRS) are teaching sites for UCSF, and training is considered a core mission.

Download: Sample Rotation Schedule (.pdf)

SFVAMC rotations


San Francisco VA Medical Center

  • Drug and Alcohol Treatment (DAT): treating a range of non-opioid addictions
  • Opiate Treatment Program (OTP): buprenorphine, methadone, Vivitrol treatment
  • Substance Use and PTSD (SUPT): combat-related PTSD and addictions
  • Prescription Opioid Safety Team (POST): consulting on pain/opioid misuse patients
  • Addiction Consultation (AddCon): consulting on general addiction patients
  • Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP): higher-level three days/week treatment program
  • Tobacco Cessation Clinic: behavioral and pharmacologic approaches to cessation
  • Elective: half-day/week where fellows select experiences to help develop an understanding of the substance treatment community in the Bay Area. Recent fellow experiences have included the John Muir Adolescent Substance Use Treatment Program, San Francisco Syringe Access Program, San Francisco County Jail Buprenorphine Program, San Francisco Street Medicine Outreach Team to Homeless Encampments, and San Francisco VA Ketamine Clinic.
  • Several programs also include groups with opportunities for facilitation training, hospital consultations, and/or opportunities for consulting via video visits to remote patients.

Kaiser AMRS

Kaiser Chemical Dependency and Recovery Program

Kaiser Chemical Dependency and Recovery Program

Kaiser AMRS provides a spectrum of services, which include medical stabilization and detoxification, day treatment, intensive outpatient treatment, multi-cultural and bilingual groups, and psychiatric treatment of co-morbid conditions. AMRS also provides comprehensive treatment for adolescents and families. As part of a larger medical system, AMRS provides integrated consultative services for patients with obstetrical (pregnancy), chronic pain, HIV or Hepatitis C conditions or those requiring emergency or hospital consultation.

Alta Mira

Alta Mira is a private treatment center for substance use and co-occurring disorders. Fellowship experiences here include the opportunity to work alongside the program director in performing patient assessments and treatment in a private residential treatment setting.

Alta Mira

Alta Mira



Addiction psychiatry fellows have a half day of protected time each Wednesday afternoon for didactics and supervision. These sessions are often led by local and national experts in the field of addiction. Didactics include:

  1. Addiction seminar: a weekly, 90-minute seminar covering a range of fundamental topics, aimed at a multidisciplinary audience of physicians, psychologists, social workers and trainees
  2. Education hour: a weekly, 60-minute interactive teaching session including case presentations, journal club, talks on advanced addiction topics
  3. Faculty teaching: several faculty members provide rotation-specific didactics relevant to their area of expertise throughout the year
  4. Faculty supervision hour: weekly supervision in career development, advanced addiction psychopharmacology, addiction psychotherapy, addiction private practice, and addiction and forensic psychiatry overlap
  5. UCSF Grand Rounds & Drug Use Research Group: research presentations on innovative harm reduction strategies, public health interventions, and drug policy
  6. Addiction medicine collaboration: scheduled didactics, clinical exposure, and community site visits with UCSF Primary Care Addiction Medicine fellows and faculty
  7. UCSF Addiction Bootcamp lectures available on Youtube

Previous addiction seminar topics include:

  • Psychedelics and Substance Use
  • Cannabis: Biology to Policy
  • The Relationship Between Disability Payments and Substance Use
  • PTSD, Alcohol Use Disorder and TBI- Treatment Challenges and Strategies
  • Clinical Drug Testing and the Medical Review Officer
  • Addiction Group Therapy
  • Three Views on Chronic Pain and Opioid Use Disorder

Previous education hour topics include:

  • The Intersection of Addiction and Forensic Psychiatry (with forensic and addiction psychiatrist Dr. David Kan)
  • Management of Complex Benzodiazepine Tapers
  • Motivational Interviewing for the Rushed Physician
  • A Research Career in Addiction Psychiatry (with research psychologist Dr. Pennington)
  • Journal clubs and complex addiction case presentations

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