Dr. Pursch

Dr. Pursch - Addiction Medicine, Alcoholism, Intervention, Aftercare

Who is Dr. Pursch?

Dr. Pursch arrived in America with $2.73 in his pocket. He rose to become one of our country's leading authorities on Addiction Medicine.

As director of the Alcohol Rehabilitation Service at the Naval Regional Medical Center in Long Beach, California from 1973 to 1980, Dr. Pursch gained national attention for the successful treatment of several notable celebrities and public figures. Since he left the Navy, his private practice has treated hundreds of celebrity patients and professional athletes.

As Program Manager for the Men's International Professional Tennis Council, Dr. Pursch supervised the drug testing program for players, linesmen, and other officials at Wimbledon, the U.S. Open Championships and other Grand Slam tournaments.

He is a consultant to the FAA on issues regarding dependent pilots and has helped several major airlines develop and manage alcohol policies and procedures for their pilots.

Dr. Pursch lectures worldwide and has served as an expert witness in legal cases.

Bestselling Author & Syndicated Columnist

His weekly column, Dry Doc, was syndicated worldwide by The Los Angeles Times Syndicate for 13 years.

His best selling book, Dear Doc, sold over 350,000 copies


  • The Distinguished Service Medal from the President of the United States

  • Airline Medical Director's Annual Award

  • Aerospace Medical Association Raymond F. Longacre Award

  • Appointment to President Carter's commission on Alcoholism in 1980.

  • Appointment to President Reagan's Blue Ribbon Commission on Drunk Driving


  • Consultant to the Federal Aviation Administration

  • Consultant to the U.S. Navy Surgeon General on Alcoholism and other Addictions

  • Visiting Professor, Department of Psychiatry of the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland

  • Board of Trustees, National Commission Against Drunk Driving, Washington D.C.

  • Board of Directors, National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependency, Inc., New York


  • M.D., University of Indiana School of Medicine

  • Psychiatric Residency, Bethesda Naval Hospital
  • Distinguished Life Fellow, American Psychiatric Association

  • Fellow, Aerospace Medical Association

  • Fellow, American College of Physicians

Awards & Honors

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