SAMHSA appoints first Chief Medical Officer

May 22, 2013

SAMHSA has appointed Elinore F. McCance-Katz, M.D., as its first-ever Chief Medical Officer (CMO). 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 living with these conditions.

Dr. McCance-Katz will also work with leading scientists in the field of behavioral health to ensure that SAMHSA advances 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.

“As SAMHSA’s Chief Medical Officer, Ellie will greatly enhance SAMHSA’s ability to bring the best available medical science and clinical perspective to bear in promoting all aspects of the Nation’s behavioral health,” said Administrator Pamela S. Hyde, J.D. “Her widely respected expertise, extensive experience, and passion for applying science to help people make her the perfect choice to start this new, critically important position at SAMHSA.”

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