Omar Manejwala MD
mental health and addiction expert,
medical and mental health news analyst, available for consultation and speaking engagements. Skilled in explaining brain science and behavior science in clear, understandable terms.
Dr. Manejwala is a nationally recognized expert in addiction with an extensive background in psychiatry, addiction medicine, leadership and organizational development. Dr. Manejwala delivers transformative presentations that translate the neurobiology of behavior into real and understandable terms. He brings unique insights into the profoundly complex worlds of behavioral change, neuroscience and addiction.
A graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Dr. Manejwala began his career in organizational leadership as the Executive Chief Resident in Psychiatry at Duke. From there he developed and led a Somatic Therapy Service at Carolinas Health Care, one of the largest health systems in North Carolina. He is a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine.
He has been described as a catalyst for organizational development; most recently, as Medical Director for Hazelden Foundation, he developed and launched a healthcare professionals treatment program that treated over 350 addicted healthcare professionals in 18 months. At Hazelden, he also successfully championed the implementation of an electronic health record and drove large improvements in benchmarked customer satisfaction metrics. He has recently accepted a position as Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Catasys. Dr. Manejwala credits his business education at the University of Virginia’s prestigious Darden School for his successes in enterprise leadership.
Dr. Manejwala’s style is best described as intensely engaging. His command of psychiatric and addiction science and his ability to translate complicated behavioral issues into understandable terms has attracted interest from national television and print media. He is a dynamic and experienced public speaker with significant business acument and a rare ability to educate and explain the brain science of change to leadership audiences in practical and immediately actionable terms. Dr. Manejwala’s professional interests include leadership, innovation, behavioral change and healthcare. He is an excellent source for health and science articles, and an analyst for news developments in addiction, behavioral science and healthcare innovation.