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About Dr. Ashish Bhatt

About Dr. Ashish Bhatt

Addiction Center's Official Medical Content Director

Dr. Ashish Bhatt, MD, MRO is recognized as a leading physician, addiction medicine specialist, and psychiatrist. Dr. Bhatt’s philosophy is that there is no compromising in medicine, that each patient should be treated as we would our own family, and we need to be as accurate as possible. He entered the field of psychiatry to help fix a broken mental health system. “I don’t take a previous diagnosis at face value”, Dr. Bhatt says. “Every patient deserves a first opinion, and at minimum, an accurate second.”

Dr. Bhatt’s Mission Statement

Dr. Bhatt’s philosophy is that there is no compromising in medicine, that each patient should be treated as we would our own family, and we need to be as accurate as possible. He entered the field of psychiatry to help fix a broken mental health system. “I don’t take a previous diagnosis at face value,” Dr. Bhatt says. “Every patient deserves a first opinion, and at minimum, an accurate second.”

Certifications

Dr. Bhatt is a Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in both Adult and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. His expertise allows him to recognize various illnesses which occur throughout his patients’ lifespan. Dr. Bhatt is Board Certified in Addiction Medicine, as well being a Certified Medical Review Officer. He has extensive experience in a variety of substance abuse treatment programs, psychiatric and co-occurring diagnosis programs for both adults and adolescents, and has served as the Chief Medical Officer for regional and national behavioral health companies.

Professional Experience

He has been involved in medical and administrative leadership and has helped guide the development of both public and private substance abuse and dual diagnosis facilities. Dr. Bhatt did his Fellowship at the University of Miami, at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida where he also served as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science and Chief and Medical Director of Child and Adolescent Inpatient and Emergency Crisis Services. Dr. Bhatt also served as the Director of the Adult Intensive Unit at Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Bhatt is known to be, “exacting and precise,” and takes a comprehensive, ecological, and holistic approach to all patient diagnostic assessments and treatment. Often sought out to provide education and training throughout the country, Dr. Bhatt is known for his excellent lecturing skills, with the ability for making difficult concepts easily understood to both healthcare professionals and laymen alike.

Career Summary

Dr. Bhatt has experience serving in administrative and medical directorship positions for multiple inpatient units, detox units, inpatient residential dual-diagnosis facilities, and outpatient programs. He is highly recognized for his thorough and comprehensive diagnostic evaluation and assessment processes, using the latest in evidence based treatment approaches to address a patient’s needs. A current and accurate diagnosis is essential to providing effective treatment, taking a multi-factorial perspective, looking into multiple domains of a patient’s life to address their current condition, beyond a bio-psycho-social model. Although the complex patient’s he has treated may have had multiple prior diagnoses and treatment episodes, Dr. Bhatt begins each assessment and psychiatric evaluation process anew. This ensures that every patient has an accurate diagnosis that addresses where they are now, not simply where they were in the past.

Dr. Bhatt believes, “Unlike other areas of medicine where you can see pathology on an x-ray or through physical examination, the mind is an abstract concept. This makes treating illnesses of the mind even more difficult. We have to take our time. We cannot rush. The mind is the final frontier in medicine.”

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