Meet Our Leadership Team

Dr. Marvin Seppala
Board Director

Marvin Seppala, M.D. is one of the foremost national experts on addiction treatment, pharmacological treatments and the integration of evidence-based practices. Dr. Seppala was also the first adolescent treated at Hazelden. As such he has a deep and personal understanding of the significant challenges faced by adolescents with substance use disorders, and why they desperately need a safe and supportive educational pathway, like that being called for by the Oregon Recovery High School Initiative.

Dr. Seppala serves as the Chief Medical Officer at Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, and serves as adjunct Assistant Professor at the Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies. His responsibilities include overseeing all interdisciplinary clinical practices, maintaining and improving standards of care, and supporting growth strategies for residential and nonresidential addiction treatment programs and services throughout the country.

Dr. Seppala attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, and is a graduate of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. He obtained his M.D. at Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minnesota, serving his residency in psychiatry and a fellowship in addiction at University of Minnesota Hospitals in Minneapolis.

Dr. Seppala is the author of Clinician’s Guide to the Twelve Step Principles, a McGraw-Hill/Hazelden book published in 2002. He co-authored When Painkillers Become Dangerous, Hazelden Publishing, in 2004, followed by Pain-Free Living for Drug-Free People, Hazelden Publishing, in 2005. He is also the author of Prescription Painkillers: History, Pharmacology and Treatment, Hazelden Publishing (2010).

Dr. Seppala has served as a board member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and is a founding member of the Oregon Society of Addiction Medicine (OSAM). As a national addiction expert he has appeared as a guest on CBS’s The Early Show, CNN, and National Public Radio. He has also been quoted widely on addiction and recovery issues in major publications like The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, Newsweek and The Wall Street Journal.