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Brian Johnson M.D.

Brian Johnson M.D. is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Anesthesia at SUNY Upstate and Co-Chair of the annual workshop of the American Psychoanalytic Association, “The Addicted Patient in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy.” He is an affiliated research investigator at the Syracuse VA Medical Center; Center for Integrated Healthcare from which he has received a grant for a metanalysis of pain treatments; NSAIDs versus opioids. Dr. Johnson received his BS in engineering biology from Columbia University and his MD from New York Medical College. He went through two years of internal medicine residency in New York City, completed his psychiatry residency at Cambridge Hospital, and his analytic training at the Boston Psychoanalytic Institute. He was on the faculty of Harvard Medical School for 30 years until moving to SUNY Upstate in 2008. While training residents in psychiatry at Harvard, Dr. Johnson treated about 15,000 patients undergoing detoxification. Dr. Johnson is a long-term member of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Johnson’s publications focus on neuropsychoanalytic treatment of patients with addiction, prescription drug abuse and treatment of chronic pain.