Bruce Zachary Kaplan, MD, Named Director of the Pain Management Program at the Betty Ford Center

Bruce Zachary KaplanCenter City, MN (March 31, 2016) - Effective April 1, 2016, Bruce Zachary Kaplan, MD, will assume the role as Director of the Pain Management Program at the Betty Ford Center, a part of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation.

Peter Przekop, DO, recently resigned from this position in order to devote more time to his family and academic pursuits.

"We are grateful to Dr. Przekop for establishing a strong foundation for this program, and we are confident in the continued growth of this program under the leadership of Dr. Bruce Kaplan," said Jim Steinhagen, vice president of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation West Region and administrator of the Betty Ford Center. "Over the past few years, the treatment of chronic pain has become a national focus – on all levels within our society – and we are proud to be on the cutting edge in providing evidence-based pain management treatment."

A graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine, Dr. Kaplan is the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Addiction Medicine Fellow for 2015-2016. He trained in anesthesiology and critical care at New York University Medical Center and the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Kaplan is a diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine. His past experience includes serving as medical director of the pain and palliative medicine program at the New York Hospital/Queens and as physician-in-charge at The Hospice Inn at NorthShore/Long Island Jewish Medical Center.

"With a deep sense of compassion for his patients, Dr. Kaplan brings a profound expertise to his new role," said Dr. Steven Eickelberg, medical director, Betty Ford Center. "Individuals struggling with chronic pain are often coping with co-occurring disorders. Dr. Kaplan has the wisdom, empathy and astute gift of healing that is needed for aligning with each patient – right where they are at – and guiding them forward in their recovery journey."

"Now that we take insurance, we're able to help more people who need addiction treatment," said Steinhagen. "With our two locations – Rancho Mirage and West Los Angeles, the Betty Ford Center offers a full range of services including inpatient, day treatment, intensive outpatient, outpatient, family and children programs, continuing care and sober living. In addition, our specialized programs include young adults, professionals, healthcare professionals, chronic pain management, and LGBTQ."

About the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation
The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation helps people reclaim their lives from the disease of addiction. It is the nation's largest nonprofit treatment provider, with a legacy that began in 1949 and includes the 1982 founding of the Betty Ford Center. With 15 sites in California, Minnesota, Oregon, Illinois, New York, Florida, Massachusetts, Colorado and Texas, the Foundation offers prevention and recovery solutions nationwide and across the entire continuum of care for youth and adults. It includes the largest recovery publishing house in the country, a fully-accredited graduate school of addiction studies, an addiction research center, an education arm for medical professionals and a unique children's program, and is the nation's leader in advocacy and policy for treatment and recovery. Follow us on Twitter@hazldnbettyford.

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