Richard N. Whitney, MD, FASAM

Central Region Director, 2024-2026

Richard N. Whitney, MD, FASAM now serves as the Medical Director of the Ohio Professionals Health Program.  This organization provides comprehensive assessment and referral services, as well as monitoring and advocacy, for healthcare professionals throughout Ohio who have been diagnosed with addictive disorders or other mental, emotional, and behavioral illnesses.

Previously, Dr. Whitney practiced Addiction Medicine at Shepherd Hill, the Behavioral Health Department of Licking Memorial Hospital in Newark, Ohio and served as Medical Director of Addiction Services from 2001 until 2018.  He is a frequent course instructor for the American Society of Addiction Medicine as well as a lecturer for a variety of professional and community organizations.

Dr. Whitney was graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas.  He then completed an internship in Internal Medicine at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of  Medicine and the Affiliated Hospitals' Consortium for Health Education, Kansas City, Missouri, followed by a residency in Emergency Medicine at Truman Medical Center, also in Kansas City, Missouri.

Following several years of practice in Emergency Medicine, Dr. Whitney completed a fellowship in Addiction Medicine at Charter Hospital of Dallas in 1991 and has practiced Addiction Medicine since that time.  He is a diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine and is a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine.  Dr. Whitney has also been certified by examination by the American Board of Emergency Medicine and  was elected a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians.  He was also certified by examination by the American Academy of Pain Management.