Alicia Kowalchuk DO
Dr. Alicia Kowalchuk is an associate professor with Baylor College of Medicine’s (BCM) Department of Family and Community Medicine and board certified in both family medicine and addiction medicine. She is medical director of InSight, the screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT) program for the Harris Health System, which is the county-funded health care system for the greater Houston area’s over one million uninsured residents. She is core faculty for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association (SAMHSA) funded BCM SBIRT residency training program and course director for the BCM first year medical student course “Patient, Physician and Society I and II” which teaches basic physical examination and patient interviewing skills. In her SBIRT roles, she has developed and implemented curricula on SBIRT as well as addiction medicine topics including pain and addiction. She also serves as medical director at Santa Maria Hostel which provides state-funded residential drug treatment to women and their children in the greater Houston community, and the Houston Recovery Center which operates a Sobering Center in partnership with the City of Houston and the Houston Police Department. Dr. Kowalchuk graduated from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and performed her internship at St. Clare’s Hospital in Manhattan. She completed her family medicine residency at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx and then served three years with the National Health Corps providing on site prenatal, HIV, primary care and addiction medicine services at a methadone clinic in the South Bronx. She relocated to Houston in 2004 and joined the BCM faculty, working as a family physician in a community health center before joining the InSight program. Her passion is caring for families affected by addiction.
Recent Contributions to PracticeUpdate:
- Cannabis Use May Affect Brain Maturation in Adolescents With Polygenic Risk for Schizophrenia
- Cannabis Smoking and Lung Health
- Methamphetamine and Cannabis Abuse in Adolescence
- The Impact of Marijuana Policies on Youth
- Brief Intervention for Drug Users in the Emergency Department
- The Cons of Marijuana Use: What Are the Pros?
- Adverse Effects of Marijuana