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Two psychiatrists welcomed at Enloe Behavioral Health

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CHICO, Calif., AUG. 28, 2012 – Enloe Medical Center is pleased to announce the arrival of psychiatrists Dr. Asad Amir, MD, and Dr. Scott Nichols, MD,  who are now treating patients full time at Enloe Behavioral Health. With two physicians on staff, the unit can now meet the needs of additional psychiatric patients.










Drs. Amir and Nichols are hospital-based physicians, meaning they see patients in the hospital only, and do not take outside office appointments.

Along with providing care to patients admitted to Enloe Behavioral Health, Dr. Nichols welcomes consultation requests fromother physicians regarding their patients’ psychiatric conditions and needs for patients admitted to Enloe Medical Center. Additionally, in the near future, he plans to provide consult services and accept referrals for ambulatory patients with cancer and other serious medical illness.

Dr. Amir brings expertise on addiction psychiatry for patients with a psychiatric diagnosis. “Addiction is an increasingly relevant issue in psychiatry,” Dr. Amir said. “A lot of patients resort to drugs because of behavioral/psychiatric issues ― they often self-medicate in an effort to treat their illness and end up becoming addicted ― or their psychiatric issues stem from the drugs,” he said. “Drug abuse and dependence is a huge problem in our society, and it has a big impact on the lives of patients and their families. It can be incapacitating, and it needs to be dealt in a health care setting, all over the country.”

Dr. Amir completed a fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry from Bronx Lebanon Hospital in New York in June 2012. He completed his internship and residency at Bergen Regional Medical Center’s Department of Psychiatry (2007-2011) and received his medical degree from Dow Medical College in Karachi, Pakistan. Dr. Amir has conducted clinical research in medicine and psychiatry since 2004 and has published numerous articles in medical journals. While at Bergen Regional Medical Center, he was designated as the Academic Chief Resident. He also presented numerous grand rounds, presented at an annual New Jersey Psychiatric Association (NJPA) meeting and was awarded a medal for academic excellence. Dr. Amir has also been involved in poster presentations at the annual American Psychiatric Association (APA) and Institute of Psychiatric Services (IPA). He is a member of the APA and was vice president of the Residents’ chapter of the NJPA.

Dr. Nichols completed his fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York in June 2012. He completed his psychiatry residency at the Fresno campus of the University of California San Francisco in 2011, an internship at Stanford Hospitals & Clinics in 2007 and received his medical degree from Stanford University School of Medicine in 2006. At Stanford he gained academic research experience, held student leadership and advisory positions, and received honors and awards for his studies. Dr. Nichols has also presented grand rounds at the University of California, San Francisco and Fresno. He has an interest in psychiatry and psychosocial support for cancer patients and looks forward to collaborating with the oncologists in Chico.

Both doctors have ties to Chico. Dr. Nichols was raised here, having attended local elementary and high schools, and Dr. Amir joins family living in Chico. Both physicians commented that they look forward to contributing to Enloe’s behavioral health services.

About Enloe Behavioral Health: Enloe Behavioral Health offers a voluntary inpatient program for patients experiencing the debilitating effects of depression, anxiety, mood and thought disorders, and psychosis. The program assesses patients and teaches skills to help patients better cope after leaving the hospital. A multidisciplinary team of doctors, a nurse practitioner, nurses, social workers and occupational therapists works together to care for patients on the unit. Enloe Behavioral Health is licensed to serve up to 30 patients. It is the only voluntary inpatient psychiatric unit between Sacramento and Oregon.

Physicians who wish to refer a patient to Enloe Behavioral Health can call (530) 332-5250 or 800-560-5900 and talk with a nurse to determine if an assessment should be made. Community members can call either of the numbers to schedule an assessment, or can walk in and request an assessment. Enloe Behavioral Health is located at 560 Cohasset Road. Use the north entrance (in back, off Rio Lindo).

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Media Contact:

Christina Chavira
Communications Specialist
530.332.5589 office; 530.588.4411 cell


Enloe Medical Center is a local, nonprofit health care organization. For more information, please call 530/332-7300 or visit us online at Enloe Medical Center is located at 1531 Esplanade Chico, Calif., 95926.
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