Meet the CMO - Stephen Loyd, MD

July 24, 2023
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Dr. Stephen Loyd is the Chief Medical Officer of Cedar Recovery and has been in recovery since 2004. Learn more about his story and background.

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Meet Dr. Stephen Loyd, the Chief Medical Officer at Cedar Recovery. He is an Internal Medicine/Addiction Medicine physician, a graduate of the James H. Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University. Dr. Loyd also serves as the Vice-President of the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners.

In Governor Bill Haslam's administration, Dr. Loyd held the role of Assistant Commissioner (Opioid Czar) for Substance Abuse Services in the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. He has acted as an expert witness in numerous federal and state cases involving improper prescription of controlled substances.

Recognized as an Advocate for Action by the Office of National Drug Control Policy, Dr. Loyd's dedication to educating others on addiction and treatment is evident through over five hundred lectures on opioid use disorder and proper prescribing of controlled substances. He has been a key contributor to the Treatment of Chronic Pain Guidelines Committee, shaping pain treatment practices in Tennessee.

Dr. Loyd's expertise extends to addiction medicine in both inpatient and outpatient settings, with a focus on treating opioid-dependent pregnant women. He actively participates in drug courts and collaborates with community-level anti-drug coalitions and state law enforcement, including the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

As the inspiration behind Michael Keaton's character in the Emmy Award-winning series "Dopesick" on Hulu, Dr. Loyd continues to make a significant impact in the field. Currently, he serves as Chief Medical Officer at Cedar Recovery in Tennessee and chairs the Tennessee Opioid Abatement Council, appointed by Governor Bill Lee.

Dr. Loyd has been in recovery from opioid and benzodiazepine addiction since July 8, 2004. His personal connection to opioid addiction and recovery serves as a driving force, motivating him to continue making strides in this industry and creating positive change for the future.

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