As part of our series around the recovery process, we talked with Dr. Lynn Hankes. Dr. Hankes, a veteran and former flight surgeon, was among 100 pioneer physicians who passed the first certification exam in Addiction Medicine. He’s a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Hankes is a professor emeritus at the University of Washington School of Medicine.
Dr. Hankes shares some of the science behind addiction and how it affects the brain. He also offers insight on the popular question, “is addiction a disease, or a choice?”
Dr. Lynn Hankes is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Georgetown University School of Medicine. Over 30 years ago, he was among the 100 pioneer physicians in the entire country who passed the first certification exam in Addiction Medicine, and he is also an honored Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Hankes is a Clinical Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.
He served 13 years as the Director of the Washington Physicians Health Program and he is also a Past President of the Federation of State Physician Health Programs. Dr. Hankes is on the Advisory Boards of the Air Line Pilots Association and the Jupiter, FL Medical Center Detox Unit. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Florida Professionals Resource Network, a program that facilitates the rehabilitation of health professionals with substance use and mental disorders.