Ashwin Patkar, MD, MRCPsych, DFASAM, DFAPA – Chapter President
Dr. Ashwin A. Patkar is Chief of Avance Psychiatry, Raleigh, NC and Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago. He was formerly Professor of Psychiatry and Community and Family Medicine at Duke University Medical Center, NC and Associate Professor and Associate Medical Director of Substance Abuse Programs at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia. PA.

Dr. Patkar has over 25 years of clinical and scientific experience in addiction, dual diagnoses, and pain and addiction. He is Certified in Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry, Addiction Medicine and Pain Medicine. Dr. Patkar has been listed in the Best Doctors in America continuously since 2009-2020. He holds unrestricted license to practice medicine in North Carolina and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Patkar has published over 250 scientific articles, 6 book chapters and has given over 400 presentations and invited lectures at national and international meetings. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatry Association (APA), President of North Carolina Chapter of ASAM, the Past President of the Indo-American Psychiatric Association, and member of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, American Academy of Pain Medicine, Indian Psychiatric Society, Royal College of Psychiatrists and World Psychiatric Association. Dr. Patkar is married with 2 children and enjoys fishing, yoga, squash, and cricket.


Paul Martin, MD, FASAM – Immediate Past President
Dr. Martin has recently retired from a 43 year career in Family Medicine, Occupational Medicine and Addiction Medicine. He served as medical director of the Neil Dobbins Center Detox Facility in Asheville for 35 years overseeing the withdrawal treatment of over 27,000 patients. He was medical director of several intensive outpatient treatment programs and has served on the faculty of three medical schools and two family practice residency programs. For two decades he worked with the NC Physician’s Health Program and the North Carolina Nursing Board to evaluate impaired professionals. His career in Occupational Medicine included consulting on cases involving urine drug testing (as an Medical Review Officer and Substance Abuse Professional) and for mental health evaluations for public safety and transportation personnel. He continues as a community faculty member of the Mountain AHEC Family Practice Residency Program in Asheville, NC


“These are important times for NCSAM. Our hope is to gain insight, opinion and share educational opportunities with our NC based medical colleagues to increase NCSAM membership in the process.” 

North Carolina Society of Addiction Medicine