Edward M. Paul is a distinguished Psychiatrist based in New York, New York who attended Harvard University majoring in psychology and Columbia College of Physicians Surgeons for Medical school. Dr. Paul specializes in the compassionate treatment of addictive disorders as well as comorbid anxiety, mood disorders, trauma, and is an expert in addiction psychopharmacology. He is also one of a handful of Board Certified Addiction Psychiatrists who is trained in the Internal Family Systems Therapy model. In addition to his practice, Dr. Paul is also an Associate Clinical Professor at NYU Langone Medical Center where he is dedicated to training the next generation of psychiatrists to follow in his footsteps.
As he tells it, Dr. Paul knew at the early age of seven that he wanted to be a psychiatrist. But it was only when he was well into his studies that he found his true calling as an addiction specialist:
When I was in medical school and when I was in residency, the training in addiction medicine was really awful, since at the time there was much worse stigma against addicts. So I thought I would do an experiment in countertransference and work with addicts to see if I could actually get along with them. Because everyone was putting them down and saying they were hard to work with I wanted to challenge myself and see what it was like. The privilege of seeing people reclaim their lives has turned out to be great.
After earning his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Dr. Paul went on to complete his psychiatric residency and fellowship in substance abuse disorders at New York Hospital, an affiliate of Cornell University Medical College. Once he completed his training, he began a private practice in New York City.
Today, Dr. Paul's clinical focus is in treating patients with a broad range of psychiatric conditions, including addiction, anxiety, and mood disorders. As he notes in an article published in The Fix, Dr. Paul conceptualizes overcoming addiction as a gradual learning process and often relies on a combination of psychotherapy and psychopharmacology with an eye toward treating the whole patient. Additionally, he treats trauma, often when it co-occurs with addictive disorders. Beyond his work with individual patients, he also started a group therapy using the Internal Family Systems Model.
The outstanding work Dr. Paul has performed throughout his career has earned him the appreciation of his patients and his peers alike. He has received the Castle Connolly Top Doctor Award for at least the past twenty, as well as three Patient Choice Awards, several Compassionate Doctor Awards, and numerous other recognitions.
In addition to these honors, Dr. Paul's knowledge and experience have provided him the opportunity to teach young doctors in training; today, as an Associate Clinical Professor at NYU, he spends his time teaching his students about the newest and most effective treatment options for addiction. Through his guidance, many of his former students have joined him as "Top Doctors" as recognized by New York Magazine. He has also written for the Journal of Substance Abuse, has contributed a chapter in Clinical Addiction Psychiatry, and created a workshop at American Academy of Psychiatry meetings on the psychological aspects of using medications in treatment.
As a leader in his specialty, Dr. Paul keeps himself apprised of new developments in addiction psychiatry in order to be able to offer his patients the best treatment methods available. In particular, he has witnessed tremendous shifts not only in how we treat addiction but how we treat addicts themselves. He noted:
Medication assistance for the treatment of addiction as well as various psychotherapies have improved, including DBT, ACT, Motivational Interviewing, Harm Reduction, and Internal Family Assisted Therapy. I have also seen a decreasing stigma vis-à-vis treating addiction. People have finally come to the realization that addiction is a medical problem.
After three decades dedicated to medicine, Dr. Paul shows no signs of slowing down. Looking toward the future, he aims to continue learning, teaching, and helping his many patients. In his spare time, Dr. Paul is an avid swing dancer and hopes to make more time for these passions, such as improv acting, in the coming years.
Detailed Career Information
Certified in Psychiatry with added qualifications in Addiction Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry; American Society of Addiction Medicine; American Psychiatric Association; Center for Self-Leadership
Awards & Honors
Castle Connolly Top Doctor Award; Vitals' Compassionate Doctor Award and Patients’ Choice Award; #1 Listen in New York Magazine, Top Doctor in Addiction Psychiatry; Marquis Who's who in America for Contributions to Addiction Medicine; U.S. News & World Report, Top 43 Addiction Psychiatrists in the U.S.
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