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Seattle VA Medical Center
Visas Accepted:None
Specialty:Addiction Psychiatry
Opportunity Description:


We are currently hiring a psychiatrist who will also serve as the medical director for the Opioid Treatment Program in the Addiction Treatment Center (ATC), specializing in the treatment of Veterans diagnosed with substance use disorders and the range of comorbid psychiatric disorders.  The ATC includes general outpatient treatment, residential treatment, and opioid treatment.  Psychiatrists on the team provide general psychiatric care as well as specialty addiction medication, including maintenance therapy (buprenorphine, methadone) and medications to support abstinence (e.g., naltrexone, Antabuse).  Psychiatrists function as part of an interdisciplinary treatment team, including social workers, psychologists, nurses, and counselors.


The American Lake Division of the VA Puget Sound Health Care system is one of the largest VA Health Care Networks, nestled along 1.8 miles of the beautiful American Lake shoreline with Mt. Rainier standing to the east.  American Lake offers the full continuum of outpatient and residential mental health services, to include: 

  • 64-bed Residential Treatment Program
  • Center for Polytrauma Care
  • Pain Management Program (with Anesthesiology)
  • Ambulatory Detoxification
  • VA/DoD Integrated Programs
  • Integrated Primary Care/Mental Health
  • Telehealth and Tele-technologies
  • State-of-the-art Long-Term Care Facility



The Psychiatry Service at the American Lake Division provides a wide variety of clinically and professionally engaging opportunities for outpatient psychiatrist.  Highlights include:

  • Strong emphasis on work/life balance, with opportunities for full- and part-time positions; flexible work schedules; continuing medical education; and generous vacation and medical leave;
  • Minimal on-call responsibilities, with no required inpatient rounds;
  • Exposure to a wide-range of patients in age, ethnicity, and presenting concerns;
  • Opportunities for involvement in training, research, and academic appointment to the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (University of Washington)
  • Competitive salaries, which may include recruitment and/or relocation incentives:
  • Reasonable workload expectations, with a full-range of clinical and administrative support available on -site; and
  • Generous benefits and retirement packages:  www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/index.asp



The American Lake Division of the VA Puget Sound Health Care System is located in Tacoma, Washington—a large urban port city with a population of over 200,000 residents.  With a wide array of museums, theater venues, restaurants, and three large universities, Tacoma is a vibrant urban scene with plenty to offer.  Sea level to ski level is two hours is no exaggeration.  Puget Sound, which is five miles away, has 20,000 shoreline miles with bays, coves, and islands to attract the boating, fishing, and clamming enthusiasts.  Mont Rainier (14,400 ft.), Crystal Mountain, Alpental, Snoqualmie Pass, and other nationally known winter sports areas are within 75 to 100 miles.  Sekiu, Westport, LaPush, and other Pacific Ocean sites provide excellent deep sea fishing for salmon and bottom fish.  The range of outdoor activities is extensive; among the most popular are skiing, boating, biking, fishing, backpacking, and mountain climbing.  The scenic beauty of the Cascade and Olympic Mountain ranges, the ocean, Puget Sound and its islands, and many national and state parks are all easily accessible over excellent highways.  For more information on this area, please visit:

Tacoma: www.traveltacoma.com

Seattle (45 mins.): www.seattle.gov

Portland (2.5 hrs.): www.travelportland.com

British Columbia (3-4 hrs.): www.hellobc.com

Spokane (4.5 hrs.): www.visitspokane.com

Practice Type: Multi spec.gr., Academic
Available Date:
$100,957 to $264,000 per year
Relocation paid:Yes
Vacation (weeks/details):26 days a year Malpractice:None
Other benefits:
Generous benefits, health & life insurance, 40lk & CME
Facility Description:

VAPSHCS has a busy 231 bed tertiary medical center in Seattle providing a wide array of inpatient and outpatient surgical, medical, rehabilitation, and behavioral health services. Additional ambulatory care services are also provided at the American Lake Division in Tacoma, Washington, and at seven community based outpatient clinics in western Washington.

With a reputation for excellence, innovation and extraordinary care of our Nation’s heroes, VA Puget Sound strives to lead the nation in terms of quality, efficiency and public service through its proven record of innovation and extraordinary care of Veterans. As the primary referral site for VA's northwest region, VA Puget Sound provides care for Veteran populations encompassing Alaska, Montana, Idaho and Oregon.

Community Description:

Seattle has quietly grown from a far-flung port city not registering on too many radar screens, to being nationally recognized as one of the most livable cities in the US. This recognition is based on criteria such as a critical mass of advanced technology, diverse economic sectors such as agriculture, services, manufacturing and international trade, superior educational and health care, (First Hill just east of downtown has been nicknamed "Pill Hill" due to the number of medical facilities crowded onto its slopes), public safety, a well-educated work force, quality of life and the international outlook of its people. The popularity of Seattle's natural and cultural amenities, that so epitomize the attraction of the Northwest, see the city now faced with the challenge of preserving its livability under the pressure of increasing residential and tourist populations.

Community Size:Metro Area/Big city
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