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Joseph P. Cannavo, MD

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My specialty:
Addiction Medicine

My provider affiliation:
Kaiser Permanente provider

I speak: English

My gender: Male

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About me

I was born in Florida and raised in New York City and Long Island, but eventually left New York to enter the University of Michigan Medical School. After graduating, I returned to my hometown to be close to my parents and extended family. With the completion of post-graduate training in psychiatry and addiction psychiatry, I continued to work in the New York area as an addiction physician and psychotherapist. A cross-country drive with the woman who later became my wife changed everything and led to our relocation – along with our young son – out west to pursue our love of the great outdoors. Since moving to the Denver area, we have been blessed with the birth of our daughter!

About my practice

My interest in medicine stems from my desire to impact people’s lives in positive ways. This is what shapes my professional philosophy and approach to patient care. I see each encounter with a patient as a chance to have them leave my office feeling better than when they came in. My particular expertise is in the treatment of addiction, where I utilize pharmacological, motivational and educational methods to help free my patients from this condition. I use the word "free" here because I see addiction as a disease that traps individuals in a world of consequences and choices that are not necessarily related to who they truly are. I see recovery and the treatment of addiction as a path back to one's true self. My job as an addiction physician is to provide medical guidance and management to the individual who wishes to proceed down that path. The addictions I most commonly encounter and treat are those to alcohol, opioid narcotics, benzodiazepines, cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana. When clinically appropriate, I utilize Suboxone, Subutex, Librium, Antabuse, Revia, Vivitrol and other medications in the treatment of my patients.

How I thrive

My life philosophy centers around seeing the newness and joy in things as much as possible. I am an amateur astronomer (who makes periodic trips with a rather large telescope out to dark nighttime Colorado skies) and an amateur jazz clarinetist. In addition, exercise and fitness are cornerstones of my daily life. While weight training has been a long-time fitness staple, living in Colorado has allowed me to get back to mountain biking and general biking for fitness. I am also an avid reader, and deeply interested in philosophy and the philosophical issues that interface with psychiatry and addiction. But perhaps most significant is my family and fatherhood, which has become the greatest source of meaning and satisfaction in my life.

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Medical groups and plans

Colorado Permanente Medical Group

Chemical Dependency Department name
10350 East Dakota Avenue, Denver, CO 80247
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  • HMO
  • Medicare Senior Advantage

Contact information

  • Advice/appointments
  • 303-471-7700
  • Colorado long distance
  • 1-800-218-1059 (toll free)
  • Other calls outside the metro area
  • 1-800-632-9700 (toll free)

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My training, certifications & licensing

Medical school

University of Michigan Medical School
Ann Arbor , MI

Board certification

Addiction Psychiatry

AM BD of Psychiatry & Neurology

To verify board certification for an individual practitioner, please visit the American Board of Medical SpecialtiesExternal Link, the American Medical AssociationExternal Link, or the American Osteopathic AssociationExternal Link websites.

Medical training

Residency

Emergency Medicine

North Shore University Hospital
Manhasset , NY

Residency

Psychiatry

North Shore University Hospital
Manhasset , NY

Fellowship

Psychiatry

North Shore University Hospital
Manhasset , NY

Joined Permanente Medical Group

2013

Provider ID

023555
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This page was last updated on:

12/14/2018