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The Betty Ford Center Book of Answers


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JAMES W. WEST, M.D., F.A.C.S. James W. West, M.D., F.A.C.S. is the vice chairman of the betty Ford Center Board of Directors, and was the medical director of the Betty Ford Center from 1983 to 1989. He graduated from the Loyola University School of Medicine, and was a member of the surgical team that performed the first human kidney transplant in 1950 at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Chicago. Dr. West practiced surgery for forty years and was an assistant clinical professor of surgery at Loyola University School of Medicine. After pursuing further studies in the areas of psychiatry and the subspecialty of substance abuse disorders, Dr. West started the Illinois State Medical Society Panel for the Impaired Physician. He was an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center and he also taught in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Chicago. He is the author of many publications in the fields of surgery and substance abuse disorders. In March 1993, the Betty Ford Center honored him with the naming of the James W. West, M.D., Training Center.

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