Anna Lembke, MD

Anna Lembke, MD

Psychiatrist

Bio:   Dr. Anna Lembke received her undergraduate degree in Humanities from Yale University and her medical degree from Stanford University. She is currently Associate Professor and Medical Director of Addiction Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine. She is also Program Director of the Stanford Addiction Medicine Fellowship, and Chief of the Stanford Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and a diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine.

Dr. Lembke was one of the first in the medical community to sound the alarm regarding opioid overprescribing and the opioid epidemic. In 2016, she published her best-selling book on the prescription drug epidemic, "Drug Dealer, MD – How Doctors Were Duped, Patients Got Hooked, and Why It’s So Hard to Stop" (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016). Her book was highlighted in the New York Times as one of the top five books to read to understand the opioid epidemic (Zuger, 2018).

"Drug Dealer, MD" combines case studies with public policy, cultural anthropology, and neuroscience, to explore the complex relationship between doctors and patients around prescribing controlled drugs. It has had an impact on policy makers and legislators across the nation. Dr. Lembke has testified before Congress and consulted with governors and senators from Kentucky to Missouri to Nevada. She was a featured guest on Fresh Air with Terry Gross, MSNBC with Chris Hayes, and numerous other media broadcasts.

Using her public platform and her faculty position at Stanford University School of Medicine, Dr. Lembke has developed multiple teaching programs on addiction and safe prescribing, as well as opioid tapering. She has held multiple leadership and mentorship positions and received the Stanford’s Chairman’s Award for Clinical Innovation, and the Stanford Departmental Award for Outstanding Teaching. Dr. Lembke continues to educate policymakers and the public about causes of and solutions for the problem of addiction.

Look for her new book, "Dopamine Nation: Finding Balance in the Age of Indulgence" (Dutton/Penguin Random House, August 2021).

Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic

Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic in Palo Alto

Professional Education

  • Medical Education: Stanford University School of Medicine (1995) CA
  • Residency: Stanford University Adult Psychiatry Residency (2001) CA
  • Residency: Stanford University Adult Psychiatry Residency (1998) CA
  • Internship: Alameda County Highland Hospital Internal Medicine Residency (1996) CA
  • Board Certification: American Board of Addiction Medicine, Addiction Medicine (2012)
  • Board Certification: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Psychiatry (2003)

Honors & Awards

  • Chairman’s Clinical Innovation Award, Stanford University School of Medicine (2015)
  • Distinguished Alpha Omega Alpha Visiting Professorship, University of Kansas School of Medicine (2018)
  • Distinguished Alpha Omega Alpha Visiting Professorship, University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (2021)
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, Evanston Township High School, Evanston, IL (2018)
  • Distinguished Baldwin Lecturer, The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) (2019)
  • Distinguished Crowley Lecturer, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Stanford University (2019)
  • Distinguished Evelyn G. Keever Bioethics Day Lecturer, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Virginia (2019)
  • Distinguished Flexner’s Dean Lecturer, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (2018)
  • Distinguished James Platt White Memorial Lecturer, Buffalo, New York OB/GYN Society (2019)
  • Distinguished Marcel Malden Lecturer, Tacoma, Washington (2018)
  • Distinguished Tector Lecturer, 69th Annual Course for Family Physicians, Montreal, Canada (2019)
  • Distinguished University of Tampa Honors Symposium Lecturer, University of Tampa, Florida (2019)
  • Distinguished Visiting Professorship, Johns Hopkins Bayview, Department of Internal Medicine (2017)
  • Excellence in Academic Teaching, Stanford University School of Medicine (2014)
  • Faculty Fellowship, Stanford University School of Medicine (2013)
  • Fellowship Training Directors Award, American Society of Addiction Medicine (2020)
  • Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Humanitarian Kelly Clark Spirit Award, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, Portland, Oregon (2020)
  • Irma Bland MD Certificate of Excellence in Teaching Residents, American Psychiatric Association (2020)
  • Laughlin Fellowship, American College of Psychiatrists (2002)
  • Outstanding Contributor to Community Life, Yale University (1989)
  • Outstanding Research in Severe Mental Illness, American Psychiatric Association (2000)
  • Outstanding Research in Severe Mental Illness, Janssen Scholar (1999)
  • Outstanding Teacher in Structural Biology, Stanford University School of Medicine (1995)
  • Summa cum laude in Humanities, Yale University (1989)
  • Travel Scholarship, Alcohol Medical Scholars Program (2009)
  • Travel Scholarship, Association of Medical Education, Research, Substance Abuse (2011)
  • Travel Scholarship, Medical Education and Research Foundation (MERF) (2000)
  • Yale-China Fellowship, Yale University (1989)

Administrative Appointments

  • Chief, Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic, Department of Psychiatry, Stanford University (2010 - Present)
  • Medical Director, Addiction Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Stanford University (2015 - Present)
  • Medical Director, Taube Youth Addiction Initiative (2020 - Present)
  • Program Director, Addiction Medicine Fellowship, Department of Psychiatry, Stanford University (2013 - Present)