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NCIRE-The Veterans Health Research Institute is the leading private nonprofit institute devoted to Veterans health research in the United States. Our mission is to advance Veterans health through research.

We support the work of some of the nation's foremost physicians and scientists at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the premier biomedical research facility in the VA system. All have faculty appointments at the University of California, San Francisco, which has its own proud traditions of research and patient care. We also partner with the U.S. Department of Defense to support health research on behalf of our men and women in the Armed Forces.

Those who have served in uniform have given their best for their country. In return, we believe that they deserve nothing less than the best health care research we can provide.

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Steven L. Batki, MD

Chief, Substance Abuse Programs, SFVAHCS
Professor in Residence of Psychiatry, UCSF


Addiction and Co-occurring Mental and Medical Disorders

Dr. Batki is director of the Addiction Research Program at the SFVAMC. He works chiefly in addiction pharmacotherapy clinical trials research and has received funding from NIDA, NIAAA, and the Department of Defense.  Dr. Batki’s research and clinical interests include pharmacologic treatment for addiction to alcohol, opioids, and stimulants.  His work also focuses on psychiatric and medical disorders that co-occur with addiction, such as such as PTSD, traumatic brain injury (TBI), schizophrenia, and HIV/HCV. A new focus area for the Addiction Research Program is neurocognitive training to reduce alcohol use.

To see Dr. Batki on Pub Med, click here.