Dr. Charles A. Buscema
ADDICTION MEDICINE AND GENERAL PSYCHIATRY
Dr. Buscema Biography
Dr. Charles A. Buscema graduated from the six-year biomedical program, affiliated with the Albany Medical College of Union University, in 1974, with a B.S. in Biology & an M.D. degree. He completed one year of psychiatric internship & three years of psychiatry residency at Albany Medical Center Hospital in 1978. This was followed by a one year Fellowship in Consultation-Liaison psychiatry at the same institution.
Dr. Buscema was appointed the first Chief of Psychiatry @ St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany, N.Y. in 1980, a position that he held for almost ten years. In 1983 he achieved board certification in the specialty of General Psychiatry from the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology.
In 1995 Dr. Buscema graduated from a two-year Forensic Fellowship @ SUNY Upstate Medical University; subsequently, in 1999, he was named Associate Director of the Forensic Residency @ SUNY Upstate & in June 2001, he was certified in the subspecialty of Forensic Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is a member of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and the American Academy of Psychiatry & the Law (AAPL).
Dr. Buscema was Acting Clinical Director of Central New York Psychiatric Center from 1998-2000, & was subsequently named Director of Psychiatry of CNYPC & all of its prison satellite units, a position that he held from September 2000 until February 2003. In that role, Dr. Buscema was the Office of Mental Health representative to the Department of Corrections’ Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee, & was co-chairperson of the Assisted Outpatient Treatment (“Kendra’s Law”) Committee for the New York State prison system.
Dr. Buscema has authored & presented numerous forensic & correctional topics to a wide array of audiences nationally, and has published a book with co-author Dr. William Glazer, (July 2002, McMahon Medical Publishing Inc., New York, N.Y.), titled “Treating Schizophrenia in the Correctional Setting: The Forensic Algorithm Project 2002”. This clinical practice guideline is the first published algorithm for the treatment of schizophrenia in the correctional environment and is being utilized by state health care delivery systems throughout the country.
The Forensic Algorithm Project and Quality-of-Life in Prison Instrument have been presented at the NASMHPD, Forensic Division, in Seattle, WA, and the NCCHC in Nashville, TN.
Dr. Buscema has participated in a PsychLink on October 30, 2002 in New York City, in the role of presenter, in a program titled, “Managing Violence & Aggression in the Forensic Setting”. An APA symposium was presented with Dr. William Glazer at the San Francisco meeting on May 19, 2003, titled “Is Advocacy Necessary in the Correctional Setting?”
Dr. Buscema has been engaged in several correctional projects; i.e. a Forensic Bipolar Algorithm Project, in conjunction with the Department of Psychiatry, University of Connecticut; and as a consultant for the State of Connecticut DOC. He was also a member of the open access lecture series for legislative and mental health advocacy groups; i.e. Dr. William Glazer (Glazer Medical Solutions Inc.). He moderated a Distance Learning Network broadcast on the “Revolving Door Between Institutions & The Department of Corrections” on September 30, 2004. Additionally, he was a consultant for Abbott Laboratories in their initiative to develop comprehensive educational tools for treatment of bipolar disorder in the correctional setting. His workshop titled “Treatment Algorithms in the Correctional Setting” was presented at the annual AAPL meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona on October 21, 2004.
Dr. Buscema engages in the private practice of forensic psychiatry, and is particularly interested in expert testimony for depositions and trials, independent medical examinations for disability and compensation, civil and criminal competency evaluations, and consultant roles for prison systems and attorney generals’ offices nationally. He has been a consultant to the Attorney General, State of Connecticut, re: Department of Corrections’ matters, as well as principal forensic consultant to the Madison County Department of Mental Health in New York. He was President of Forensic and Correctional Solutions Inc., a private corporation that specializes in forensic & correctional consultations.
Upon relocating to Florida, Dr. Buscema held the position of Medical Director at New Horizons of the Treasure Coast from 2007-2012. More recently, Dr. Buscema has developed a private practice (Addiction Alternatives) which operates under the mandates of the Federal Suboxone Program for Opioid Dependence. The outpatient office addresses the issue of detoxification and rehabilitation from opioid medications principally with buprenorphine and also the stabilization of any underlying co-occurring psychiatric disorders which interfere with the transition process. The present outpatient office setting permits the transition from opioid medications to buprenorphine in a systematic manner with the necessary treatment of any underlying co-occurring psychiatric disorders which may interfere with the rehabilitation process.
Dr. Buscema is currently the Medical Director of SequelCare of Florida where he engages in the treatment of children, adolescents and adults in a general psychiatric setting. In addition, he is Medical Director for several detoxification and rehabilitation facilities in Florida and also liaisons as Medical Director for Halfway houses and IOP programs for post-acute treatment intervention.
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