Richard S. Sandor, M.D, received his undergraduate degree at Yale in 1968 and his medical degree at the University of Southern California in 1972. After working as an emergency room physician for several years, he completed post-graduate training in psychiatry at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute in 1980. He was Board certified in psychiatry in 1985 and was certified by the American Society of Addiction Medicine in 1986.
In 1982, Dr Sandor became the founding Medical Director of the Redgate Memorial Recovery Center. He went on to serve as the Chief of the Chemical Dependence Treatment Programs at the Sepulveda VA Medical Center, the Medical Director of the Betty Ford Center outpatient program in Los Angeles, and finally, as the Medical Director of Saint John’s Hospital Chemical Dependence Center in Santa Monica. He has lectured and written widely on the subject of addiction, has served as an expert witness before the California State Bar and Medical Board of California, and was President of the California Society of Addiction Medicine from 1993 to 1995. Dr Sandor is the author of Thinking Simply About Addiction, published in March, 2009, by Tarcher/Penguin.