Anderson Spickard, Jr., M.D.


Professor of Medicine Emeritus

Director Emeritus, Center for Professonal Health

Brief Description

Anderson Spickard, Jr., M.D., has more than 40 years of experience in active treatment of patients with substance abuse problems. Most recently his focus is on physician health and behavior. He is Professor of Medicine Emeritus at Vanderbilt Medical Center and is the past medical director of The Center for Professional Health (CPH). In June 2003, he was awarded the Chancellors Chair in Medicine for his contributions to research and addiction related to physician wellness. Dr. Spickard is a nationally recognized expert in the area of substance abuse. He is the co-author of the book, Dying for a Drink: What You and Your Family Should Know about Alcoholism, which was translated into seven languages and Braille. The revised edition was released in November 2005. He is also the author of Stay with Me: Stories of a Black Bag Doctor (2011) and The Craving Brain: Science, Spirituality and the Road to Recovery (2016).

Dr. Spickard continues his involvement in addiction education and treatment, particularly in the homeless population. His main focus of teaching is the 12-Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. He has a 12-week course for local homeless addicted men.