Mark L. Willenbring, M.D.
Mark Willenbring, M.D., is Director of the Treatment and Recovery Research Division of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism/National Institutes of Health. Prior to his current appointment he was Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota. He is Board Certified in General Psychiatry with Added Qualifications in Addiction and Forensic Psychiatry. In his research, he worked to develop and test innovative management strategies for patients with complex addiction problems, such as combined mental and addictive disorders, medically ill heavy drinkers, and homeless public inebriates. He has also played a leading role in development of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for treating addictive disorders, and co-led in a national initiative to determine the utility and feasibility of implementing practice guidelines in the treatment of addictive disorders within the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. In his current position, he works to stimulate new directions in research on treatment and recovery, health services research, and to disseminate new research findings in order to facilitate their adoption.