Addiction Medicine


The Addiction Medicine Fellowship at Highland Hospital-Alameda Health System in Oakland, California, is dedicated to addressing the unique challenges faced by our population of patients who use drugs, comprised largely of patients of color facing health inequities related to social determinants of health. Our mission is to provide comprehensive and equitable care, support, and education to empower our patients and their communities on the path to recovery. This is aligned with the greater mission of Alameda Health System, “Caring, Healing, Teaching, Serving All.”

We are committed to:

Caring with Cultural Humility: We recognize and respect the diverse backgrounds, experiences, and cultural contexts of our patients. Through an approach grounded in cultural humility, we strive to create a safe and inclusive environment that fosters trust and understanding.

Holistic Treatment: We believe in a holistic approach to addiction medicine, acknowledging that addiction affects every aspect of an individual’s life. Our fellowship emphasizes comprehensive care that integrates physical, mental, and social well-being, addressing the multifaceted needs of our patients.

Health Equity: We are dedicated to reducing disparities in addiction treatment by actively addressing the social determinants of health that disproportionately impact communities of color. We advocate for policies and practices that promote equitable access to quality care, while continuously working towards dismantling systemic barriers.

Community Engagement: We understand the importance of community involvement in addressing addiction. We collaborate with local organizations, community leaders, and grassroots initiatives to develop culturally appropriate interventions, prevention strategies, and support networks. We strive to empower individuals and communities to take an active role in their recovery journey.

Education and Training: We are committed to advancing addiction medicine knowledge and skills among healthcare professionals. Our fellowship program provides comprehensive training, mentorship, and research opportunities, aiming to develop leaders who will advocate for evidence-based practices and drive positive change in addiction medicine.

Research and Innovation: We foster a culture of research and innovation, striving to contribute to the field of addiction medicine. Through rigorous research, evaluation of outcomes, and continuous quality improvement, we seek to advance evidence-based practices, enhance patient outcomes, and promote innovative solutions for addiction treatment.

By embodying these principles, the Addiction Medicine Fellowship at Highland Hospital in Oakland, California, aims to make a lasting impact on the lives of our patients.

  • Structured clinical inpatient rotation: Highland Addiction Medicine Inpatient Consult service
  • Structured clinical outpatient rotations: Highland Bridge clinic Highland Hospital and Juvenile Justice Center

Elective rotations examples:

Street medicine with the HIV Education and Prevention Project of Alameda County (HEPPAC)

  • Rural medicine electives at :
    University of Alaska elective (Alaska, various sites)
    Hawai’i Big Island HICHC elective (Hawai’i, various sites)
    Indian Health Services elective (Arizona/New Mexico)

During each month with the exception of off-site electives and vacation time:

  • The fellow will devote one weekday morning per week to scholarly activity/research time (10% of month)
  • The fellow will devote one weekday afternoon per week to continuity clinic in the Highland Bridge clinic (10% of month)
  • Two days per month the fellow will join the Juvenile Justice Center, a structured clinical outpatient rotation (10% of month)
  • One half day per week on average will be primary clinic time (medicine/psychiatry clinic or Emergency Department shift) (10% of month)

Vacation: a total of 20 days are taken during the year in addition to university and federal holidays

Didactics: orientation week, intensive motivational interviewing training, weekly didactics, experiential learning, trainings, professional conferences, and wellness activities scheduled throughout the year.

  • 1 year
  • Completed 4-year  or 3-year residency with ≥ 1 year postgraduate experience
Application Deadline
  • October 1

Dr. Kay Lind, MD, MACM
Program Director

Core Faculty

Dr. Erik Anderson, MD
Research Director, Director of Inpatient Consult Service
Emergency Medicine

Dr. Andrew Herring, MD
Associate Research Director
Emergency Medicine

Dr. Monish Ullal, MD
Associate Program Director
Internal Medicine