Title: Psychiatrist, Professor
Company: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Location: Carrboro, North Carolina, United States
Alexei Kampov-Polevoi, Psychiatrist and Professor at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of education.
A compassionate man who strives to help all people, Dr. Kampov-Polevoi specializes in substance abuse as an addiction specialist. Hailing from Russia and immigrating to the United States in 1990, he earned a Doctor of Medicine from the First Moscow State Medical University in 1974 and a doctor of Philosophy from the USSR Academy of Medical Sciences in 1979. Dr. Kampov-Polevoi has been influenced by his family, particularly his grandmother, whom he spent much time with as a child and who had been one of the first female medical students in the Russian empire. He has also been inspired by his sister, who became a doctor. He has helped people who suffer from substance abuse and is not motivated by money but by the genuine desire to improve the lives of others. Attentive and caring, Dr. Kampov-Polevoi advises those who practice medicine to maintain constant vigilance when diagnosing patients in order to ensure patients receive care for their particular affliction as opposed treatment for a different issue that presents similar symptoms. Dr. Kampov-Polevoi has been a licensed clinical addiction specialist with the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board since 2005 and currently works as a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Dr. Kampov-Polevoi has introduced the Alcoholics Anonymous program to the Soviet medical community, organizing the first AA groups in Moscow and Kishinev (Moldova). He demonstrated an association between hedonic response to sweets and predisposition to alcoholism, finding that a preference for foods with a strong sweet taste and high novelty-seeking behavior predicts alcohol related problems in young adults. Due to this research, Dr. Kampov-Polevoi found that a preference for a strong sweet taste and baseline alcohol craving predicts an individual’s sensitivity to the response of baclofen treatment in patients with alcoholism. He has shared his knowledge with others, contributing articles to professional journals such as the American Journal of Psychiatry. In recognition of his success, Dr. Kampov-Polevoi has been a recipient of a research fellowship in psychobiology and pharmacology from the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, MD, from 1994 to 1997 and has been named scientist of the year by the Institute of Pharmacology of The Russian Academy of Sciences in 1985 and 1987. He holds numerous memberships with esteemed organizations, including the Russian Pharmacological Society, the International Society for Biomedical Research on Alcoholism, the Research Society on Alcoholism and the European Brain and Behavioral Society. An invaluable scientist and educator, Dr. Kampov-Polevoi has been lauded with The Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and has been featured in multiple editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education and Who’s Who in Science and Engineering.
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