Addiction Medicine Fellowship

Our Addiction Medicine Fellowship was the first program to receive accreditation in the state of Arizona and one of the first programs to receive ACGME accreditation in the country. The Addiction Medicine Fellowship is a one-year program that began in October 2018. The program received a complement increase in April 2023 and has a total of four spots available per academic year.

The Addiction Fellowship Training program is designed to educate qualified physicians on the knowledge and skills to evaluate and treat individuals with substance use disorder and co-occurring psychiatric and medical conditions within a multidisciplinary setting. The fellow's clinical practice will involve education from diagnosis to treatment, research and scholarly activity with an awareness of the societal need for well-trained physicians who will practice high-value, cost-effective care in the specialty of addiction medicine. Addiction fellows will have a well-rounded clinical and academic experience to be confident leaders in Addiction Medicine.

The Addiction Medicine Fellowship is a collaborative effort between HonorHealth (Sponsoring Institution) and Community Bridges Inc. to serve the needs of patients with addiction disorders in Maricopa County and throughout Arizona. Fellows receive a well-rounded education at multiple sites, including ambulatory, in-patient withdrawal management, pain management, hospital and crisis settings, which will allow the fellows to have a thorough understanding of the ASAM criteria and patient placement. The fellows will be exposed to a diverse patient population, including patients from the criminal justice system, high-risk pregnancies, adolescents and patients with serious mental illness. Fellows will develop an understanding of the neurobiological and psycho-social influences of addiction treatment. The fellowship will provide training in the pharmacological and psychotherapy modalities in addiction treatment through thorough both didactic and clinical training supervised by multidisciplinary faculty with broad experience and expertise.

Qualification requires graduation from a three-year ACGME-accredited residency training in one of the following specialties: Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Preventive Medicine or Psychiatry, but no one specialty is favored over the other. Applicants must be qualified to practice independently in their core specialty with an MD or DO certification.

The program offers training at a variety of sites, including community-based clinics, hospital consults, as well as specialty rotations in addiction-free pain management and physician health.


Applications will be accepted through ERAS.

The HonorHealth Addiction Medicine Program uses the J-1 Visa program sponsored by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). HonorHealth does not sponsor H1-B visas for graduates of international medical schools. Graduates of Canadian medical schools must also use the J-1 program. Incoming J-1 visa fellows are required to obtain their J-1 visas before their training.


Clinical training sites

  • Community Bridges, Inc. (CBI) Central City Addiction and Recovery Center (CCARC)
  • CBI Cactus Integrated Care Center (CICC)
  • CBI Center for Hope
  • CBI Community Psychiatric Emergency Center (CPEC)
  • CBI East Valley Area Recovery Center (EVARC)
  • CBI Mesa Heritage
  • HonorHealth John C. Lincoln Medical Center
  • HonorHealth Scottsdale Osborn Medical Center
  • HonorHealth Scottsdale Thompson Peak Medical Center

Core rotations

  • Addiction-Free Pain Management
  • Hospital Consult
  • Inpatient Withdrawal Management
  • Intensive Outpatient Treatment/Medication Assisted Treatment/Opioid Treatment Program (OTP)
  • Outpatient Substance Use Disorder Treatment
  • Forensic Ambulatory Community Treatment
  • Emergency Psychiatry

Elective rotations

  • Women’s Addiction Treatment
  • Physician Health

Scholarly Activity

Scholarly Activity Report – Addiction Medicine Fellowship



Michel Sucher, MD, DFASAM
HonorHealth Addiction Medicine Fellowship Director

Eric S. Lott, MD, FASAM
HonorHealth Addiction Medicine Fellowship Associate Director

Carol Babineaux
Program Coordinator


Learn about our faculty

Meet the fellows

Michel Sucher, MD, Program Director - HonorHealth Addiction Medicine Fellowship

Michel Sucher, MD, DFASAM, Program Director - HonorHealth Addiction Medicine Fellowship