It is my pleasure to announce that Capt. Chideha Ohuoha, M.D., MPH, has joined SAMHSA as the new Director of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. The mission of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment is to promote community-based substance abuse treatment and recovery services for individuals and families in every community. The Center provides national leadership to improve access, reduce barriers, and promote high quality, effective treatment and recovery services.
Prior to joining SAMHSA, Capt. Ohuoha has been stationed at Fort Belvoir, Maryland, as an officer of the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) since 2008. The U.S. Public Health Service Commission Corps protects, promotes and advances the health and safety of our country, including rapid and effective response to public health needs. He has also served as the Director of Addiction Medicine at Fort Belvoir since 2015 and was the Deputy Director of Addiction Medicine, Director of Addiction Medicine Research and the chief psychiatrist for the Wounded Warrior Transition Brigade.
During his career, Capt. Ohuoha has received many honors including the Meritorious for his work with USPHS in 2016, Fort Belvoir Community Hospital ACE Awards in 2014 and 2015, the Army Commendation Medal and the Outstanding Service Medal (USPHS) in 2012. He received a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Harvard University and completed his psychiatric residency at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington, DC, followed by a three-year addiction psychiatry fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health.
Please join SAMHSA in welcoming Capt. Ohuoha to his new role.