Department of
Internal Medicine at Highland Hospital
A member of Alameda Health System


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Division: Behavioral and Addiction Medicine

Undergraduate School:


Medical School:

UC Davis


Internal Medicine Internship, Mt Zion Hospital/UCSF Affiliate, Psychiatry Residency, Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute, UCSF


American Board of Addiction Medicine Certified (certified by exam and work experience, not through a fellowship) and Interprofessional Fellowship in Integrative Health & Medicine, Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University

Clinical Interest:

Behavioral medicine, addiction medicine, health behavior counseling using motivational interviewing, and Member, Executive Council, California Society of Addiction Medicine/ASAM and Integrative Medicine

Research Interest:

Behavioral medicine education, health coaching, addiction medicine

Recent Publications:

Abramowitz S, Davida Flattery, DO, Karena Franses, LCSW, Lyn Berry, MD, Linking a motivational Interviewing Curriculum to the Chronic Care Model, J Gen Intern Med 2010 Oct;25(Suppl 4):620-6.

Bodenheimer T, Abramowitz S, Helping Patients Help Themselves: How to Implement Self-Management Support, California Healthcare Foundation, 2010. available at

Abramowitz S. Motivational Interviewing & the Chronic Care Model of Disease: Emphasizing Self-Management Support and Skills in Health Behavior Change Counseling. In: Michael Clark, MD, John Hopkins Medicine, editor, Motivational Interviewing: Principles and Practical Applications. Publisher: Oakstone Practical Reviews. Online recording:, 2016.

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