Bhavna Bali, MD, FASAM

Bhavna Bali, MD, FASAM was born in Atlanta, Georgia and received her medical degree from Government Medical College of Patiala in Punjab, India. She completed her Internal Medicine residency training at Piedmont Athens Regional Hospital in Athens, Georgia and her Addiction Medicine Fellowship training at Penn State in Hershey, Pennsylvania. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine. She remains an active member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and American College of Physicians. She is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Penn State and the Associate Program Director of the Addiction Medicine Fellowship at Penn State Health. Her clinical time is spent working at a Methadone Opioid Treatment Program, running an Office Based Addiction Treatment Clinic, and on the inpatient Addiction Consult Service.

Her educational efforts include helping train Fellows, Residents, and Medical Students in the field of Addiction Medicine. She also helps in running various Project Echo’s for the surrounding rural counties in Pennsylvania on training healthcare practitioners and local community workers on how to recognize and address issues around substance use disorders. Her academic interests in Addiction Medicine are focused on patient, family, and provider education on reducing stigmas associated with substance use disorders and helping transition appropriate patients with complex persistent opioid dependance on long term opioid therapy to buprenorphine formulations. She enjoys working on quality improvement projects to improve health care system policies and procedures on recognizing, diagnosing, and managing substance withdrawals, substance use disorders, and linking patients into addiction care. 

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