Addiction Medicine Fellowship

The Addiction Medicine Fellowship at the University of Kentucky has been in existence since 2015 and is now accredited by the American College of Graduate Medical Education. Graduates of this program have come from various specialties including Surgery, Internal Medicine, and Physical and Rehab Medicine. While the program is sponsored by the Department of Psychiatry, the fellow receives training within multiple departments at UK and at various clinical sites in the surrounding community. The fellowship encompasses experiences in inpatient care, outpatient settings, office based medication assisted treatment, and consultation-liaison services. 

Our goal in the Addiction Medicine Fellowship is to train excellent clinicians who will be equipped to serve in their communities, delivering high quality care to a population in great need. We hope to instill a holistic understanding of addiction and its treatment through a broad range of clinical experiences and educational activities. Our trainees gain experience in providing care throughout the life cycle and in variety of clinical contexts and levels of care. We believe that this produces well rounded clinicians, able to navigate the complex system of substance use disorder treatment. We strive to provide our trainees with the knowledge, skills and experience that will make them successful Addiction Medicine Specialists. 

Dr. James Hawthorne is the Current Program Director for the Addiction Medicine Fellowship. Dr. Hawthorne is a graduate of the Psychiatry Residency Program at the University of Kentucky and is board certified in Addiction Medicine by the American Board of Preventive Medicine. Since joining the faculty at UK in 2014, he has consistently worked with recovering patients in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings. Currently, Dr. Hawthorne sees patients for treatment of substance use disorders in the Department of Psychiatry SMART (Supportive Medication Assisted Recovery Treatment) Clinic, and provides psychiatric and substance use disorder consultations to Beyond Birth Comprehensive Recovery Center. He is also extensively involved in medical student and resident education. 


Dr. Lon Hays is the founder and Current Associate Program Director for the Addiction Medicine Fellowship. He serves as the current President of the American Board of Addiction Medicine and the American College of Academic Addiction Medicine. He is actively involved in NIDA funded grants involving alcohol, cannabis, cocaine, opioids, and methamphetamines. Dr. Hays teaches at all levels of medical training, including medical students and residents. His clinical work includes seeing patients in both early and long term recovery as well as the evaluation of medical professionals with substance use disorders.