Substance Use Disorders, Treatment & Prevention

Anton C. Bizzell, MD, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Bizzell Group. Dr. Bizzell has more than 25 years of combined clinical, research, health services, policy, and management experience with various private and public organizations and agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services, (HHS), including serving as a Medical Officer for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). Dr. Bizzell’s career has primarily focused on public health issues related to access and quality of substance abuse, mental health, and medical treatment and prevention services.

As a former medical officer for SAMHSA, Dr. Bizzell led the agency’s efforts on prescription drug misuse and abuse prevention and treatment, in collaboration with other federal and state agencies. He provided medical and clinical advice for 1,600 methadone treatment programs in the United States and oversaw national regulatory and educational efforts on the use of buprenorphine for treating individuals who are dependent on heroin and prescription drugs containing opiates. Dr. Bizzell served as a Government Project Officer and Senior Medical Editor for the Treatment Improvement Protocol, Clinical Guidelines for the Use of Buprenorphine in the Treatment of Opioid Addiction. He also served on the Advisory Board for the Federation of the State Medical Board’s Responsible Opioid Prescribing: A Physician’s Guide, co-authored the “Ethical Issues in Addiction Practice” chapter in the Principles of Addiction Medicine, and has published several articles on the abuse of prescription medications. Dr. Bizzell has led numerous opioid prevention and education efforts including serving as a U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Fellow and substance abuse expert for their Sharing Solutions campaign to help businesses combat the opioid crisis. He recently completed a 2.5-year term on the SAMSHA Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) National Advisory Council (NAC). From 2019 to 2020, Dr. Bizzell served as a Fellow for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation where he toured cities and states across the nation highlighting workforce resources and showcasing innovative solutions to the opioid crisis focused on the business community.