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Westley Clark

LEAD 20: Exploring Healthcare Vocations

Westley Clark is the Dean’s Executive Professor of Public Health at Santa Clara University’s Public Health Program.  He teaches Substance Abuse and Addiction, Public Health Ethics and the American Health System.

Westley is a licensed and Board Certified Psychiatrist and a licensed attorney. Prior to coming to Santa Clara University, he was the Director of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment within the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for 16 years. He previously practiced psychiatry at the San Francisco Veterans Administration Medical Center in San Francisco where he worked with veterans experiencing PTSD and/or HIV and substance use disorders.

Westley earned his J.D. from Harvard University, his M.D. and MPH from the University of Michigan and his BA in Chemistry from Wayne State University.  He was a first generation college student in a working class family. He is licensed to practice medicine in California, Michigan, Maryland, and Massachusetts. He is licensed to practice law by the Washington, D.C. Bar Association.

He is a native of Detroit, Michigan.  He is a board member at the Felton Institute in San Francisco, the Pacific Institute of Research and Evaluation in Maryland, and Faces and Voices of Recovery in Washington, D.C.  He is also on the Advisory Council of the National Institute of Drug Abuse.