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Clark E. Smith, MD DFAPA


Clark Smith, M.D., DFAPA, is a nationally recognized expert in the evaluation and treatment of physicians, nurses, law enforcement officers and attorneys with alcohol and chemical dependency issues. Dr. Smith has worked extensively with the courts, professional licensing boards and the media to provide accurate information regarding chemical dependency and psychiatric illness treatment and recovery, while dispelling damaging and stigmatizing stereotypes.

After graduating from medical school at the University of Arizona, Dr. Smith completed an Internal Medicine internship and worked as an emergency medicine physician while completing specialty training in Psychiatry at UC San Diego. He was Chief Resident at UCSD Medical Center, Chief of Staff at Mesa Vista Hospital, and then founding Medical Director of the Sharp McDonald Center/Vista Pacifica Chemical Dependency Recovery Hospital, from 1989 to 2012.

Dr. Smith is board-certified in Addiction and Forensic Psychiatry, and also in Pain Medicine. He is past president of the San Diego Psychiatric Society, the San Diego Psych-Law Society, and currently serves on the California Psychiatric Association Judicial Action Committee. He is also an Adjunct Professor in Forensic Studies at Alliant University in San Diego.

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RecoveryWorks is just inside the North entrance.  Park on the North side of 9820 Willow Creek Road, on the upper level, nearer to the restaurants.

The South, lower level entrance will be locked at 7:00 PM.