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Joseph Williams
Joseph Williams, MD

Program Overview

The UNC addiction medicine fellowship is a unique 12-month program crossing several disciplines and specialties, with the goal of training the next generation of addiction medicine specialists. The program accepts fellows from any ACGME-accredited specialty, and the fellowship program is strongly committed to providing an integrated training experience, addressing addiction in a multitude of settings. The addiction medicine faculty at UNC actively promotes innovation in the field of addiction medicine, creating a supportive learning environment for fellows while at the same time expanding capacity for addiction treatment in North Carolina.

The fellows work in a variety of teams and settings, learning firsthand how addiction interfaces with other medical specialties and professions. The learning environment incorporates didactic training, case-based learning, and direct patient care.

The UNC addiction medicine fellowship was created in July 2018 and received ACGME accreditation in April 2019.  The training program, which is situated in the UNC Department of Psychiatry, provides full financial support for its addiction medicine fellows.  The program also funds the fellows attending the ASAM Annual Conference in the spring.

The UNC addiction medicine core faculty come from diverse specialty backgrounds, including psychiatry (general, addiction, child/adolescent, and forensic), pediatrics, family medicine, and anesthesiology/pain.

The training program’s fellows have come from the following backgrounds: family medicine, internal medicine, emergency medicine, psychiatry, preventive medicine, anesthesiology, and obstetrics/gynecology.

The UNC addiction medicine fellows have no call responsibilities. They do not work on weekends and are off work on the following holidays: Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, and Memorial Day. Also, fellows are permitted to moonlight during the course of the fellowship year.

Addiction Medicine fellows for 2023-2024

For more information about the program, follow this link: UNC Addiction Medicine Fellowship video

Joseph Williams, M.D.
Program Director, UNC Addiction Medicine Fellowship

Lucien Gonzalez, M.D.
Associate Program Director, UNC Addiction Medicine Fellowship


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