Genetics of alcoholism : nature and nurture intersect to create a life threatening illness.

August 1, 2013
Hosted by Surita Rao, M.D.

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Alcohol use disorders have significant genetic underpinnings. Yet, no one inherits an absolute certainty that they will develop alcoholism. in order to develop an addictive illness the brain has to be exposed to addictive substances. A person who has a genetic vulnerability to develop alcoholism has. Far greater chance of developing the disease if they drink regularly or even if they drink at all. Dr. Victor Hesselbrock, an internationally renowned researcher is a guest on this week's show will discuss this fascinating and significant topic with Dr. Rao

Mental Health with Dr. Surita Rao

Mental Health with Dr. Surita Rao

Thursday at 6 AM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Channel

Mental Health with Dr. Surita Rao is an interactive show focusing on everyday behavioral health issues. The program’s focus is on common behavioral health conditions, including depression, drug and alcohol problems, anger management, stress and other emotional challenges we face in our day-to-day lives. In addition, behavioral health conditions such as mood and anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and ADHD will be discussed.

You are invited to participate in the discussion of mental health, relationships and rehabilitation, and share your experiences. Our Topics are general in nature and should not be interpreted as medical advice.

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Surita Rao, M.D.

Surita Rao, M.D.

Surita Rao, M.D. is the physician leader of the Behavioral Health Services at Saint Francis Care. She completed medical school at Bankura Sammilani Medical College in India and did her psychiatry residency training at St.Vincent’s Hospital in Staten Island, New York and the Yale University School of Medicine. She did her addiction psychiatry fellowship at the Yale University School of Medicine. She has been on the faculty at both Yale and Emory Universities. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor with the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.

Her clinical work has focused on addiction psychiatry, including both substance use disorders and dual diagnosis issues. She has worked with impaired physicians and other health care professionals.

Upon completing her fellowship training, she worked as the Medical Director of the methadone maintenance clinics at Yale University School of Medicine. She has been the Chair of Behavioral Health at Saint Francis since 2002 and is the President of the Saint Francis Behavioral Health Group.

Dr. Rao is on the Board of Directors for the American Society of Addiction Medicine and is co-chair of their national membership committee. She is also on the Executive Committee of the Connecticut Chapter.

Dr. Rao is chair of the physicians’ health committee at Saint Francis. She also serves on the Board of the Saint Francis Foundation and has been appointed as a Corporator for Saint Francis Care.

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