Getting to Know: Anand Mehendale, MD – Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Mehendale is board certified in both Neurology and Addiction Medicine. He has been a pioneer and a visionary in Texas regarding physician health issues including Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) for over 25 years. He is currently in a private practice of Neurology at Phoenix Medical Associates in Kerrville, Texas. Dr. Mehnedale is the Chief Medical Officer for Clear Springs Ranch and the Medical Director of OnTrac Relapse Prevention.
Throughout his impressive career, Dr. Mehendale has been appointed and elected to various leadership positions. Instrumental in the development of the Texas Physician Health Program, he is currently on the governing board of that program, which is administratively attached to the Texas Medical Board. Additionally, Dr. Mehendale was on the governing board of the Texas chapter of American Society of Addiction Medicine and served as the chapter’s past president. He is also a past member and chairman of the Texas Medical Association’s Physician Health and Rehabilitation Committee and has served as a consultant to the organization.
Dr. Mehnedale wrote a chapter on epilepsy for an international book titled “Hemisyndromes: Psychobiology, Neurology, Psychiatry,” and he has published many journal articles. For six consecutive years from 2010 to 2015, “Texas Monthly” selected him as one of their Super Doctors. “Leading Physicians of the World” chose him in 2013, and he is listed in “America’s Top Physicians” in 2014. He is currently the section editor for “SM Journal of Neurology and Neuroscience” and editor in chief of “Journal of Addiction and Prevention Medicine,” both of which are international peer reviewed open access journals.
Q: What is your professional title with our organization?
A: Chief Medical Officer
Q: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
A: My father told me, “The only thing you have to give other people in the world is your attitude and your word.”
Q: What one word would the people who know you best use to describe you?
Q: What motivated you to choose a career in recovery?
A: My personal recovery was an influence along with the fact that I am Neurologist and that addiction is a brain disease.
Q: Besides working at Clear Springs Ranch, what hobbies, sports, or activities do you enjoy?
A: I enjoy photography and writing. I also like playing volleyball and table tennis.
Q: Is there a personal fact you might share that would be hard for others to guess about you?
A: I love the TV show “Alf!”
Q: What’s your favorite movie? What’s your favorite book?
A: My favorite movie is “Star Wars,” and “The Prophet” by Khalil Gibran is my favorite book.