Prof Alex Baldacchino – Profile

Prof Alex BaldacchinoI graduated as a medical doctor in Malta in 1987. I eventually decided to study psychiatry as my clinical specialisation following a period of internal medicine jobs. I subsequently joined the basic and higher psychiatric schemes in the United Kingdom (Cambridge, Edinburgh, Fife and London) in order to fulfil my requirements as a general adult psychiatrist and as well as a specialist in addiction medicine. I was awarded my Membership with the UK Royal College of Psychiatrists (MRCPsych in 1994, Fellowship with the UK Royal College of Psychiatrists (FRCPsych) in 2007, Fellow of the International Society of Addiction Medicine (FISAM) in 2016 and finally Fellow with the Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh) (FRCPE) in 2017. Always interested in research and teaching I pursued a clinical academic career alongside my basic medical and higher psychiatric training. I joined St George’s Hospital Medical School in London as a lecturer and senior lecturer and then Ninewells Hospital Medical School in Dundee. I was awarded my MPhil in Psychiatry degree from the University of Edinburgh in 1996 and a PhD in Medicine degree from the University of Dundee in 2012. In 2015 I was awarded a Professorship in Medicine, Psychiatry and Addictions at the University of St Andrews, Scotland, UK. Since 2001 I have worked with NHS Scotland as a Senior Consultant Psychiatrists and Clinical Director in Addiction Medicine.

My research portfolios have a common thread of understanding the comorbid conditions (physical and psychological) arising as a result of chronic abuse of pharmacological agents with dependence potential especially opioids, nicotine and alcohol. I am interested in utilising informatics and other digital health science systems, clinical outcome data, neuropsychological and neuroimaging processes amongst many other methodologies in order to identify and subsequently minimise risks present in these patient populations.

I am also President Elect, Executive Board Member and Chair for the Training and Education Committee for the International Society of Addiction Medicine (ISAM). I am also a founding member for the European Network for Training, Education and Research (ENTER)-Mental Health and Centre for the Addiction Research and Education Scotland (CARES). Other past and current positions include Associate Director for the Social Dimensions of Health Institute (SDHI) (2015-2016), NHS Fife Research and Development (R&D) Director (2005-), and President for ISAMDundee2015 World Congress (2012-2015).

Last but certainly not least I am honoured to spend time with patients who need the best of my clinical care and compassion and which, I hope, makes a difference in their quality of life.

My hobbies are hill walking, swimming and gardening.