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Dr. Schoenfeld practices psychiatry, with a specialty in psychopharmacology. His work in psychopharmacology includes the study, diagnosis, and treatment of problems related to drug abuse and addiction.

Between 1967-73 and in 1978-79, he wrote the Hip Pocrates column, a syndicated newspaper feature which answered questions about sexuality, as well as psychoactive drugs. During this time, he was elected to the Board of Directors of Modern Medicine, a periodical for physicians, and produced a series of articles for that publication about sex and drug issues. He has also written numerous articles on these topics for other medical journals and for popular magazines. He is the author of four books: Dear Dr. Hip Pocrates, Natural Food And Unnatural Acts, Jealousy: Taming The Green-Eyed Monster, and Dr. Hip’s Down-To-Earth Health Guide.

Addiction Medicine is a medical specialty recognized by the American Medical Association. Dr. Schoenfeld is certified in the treatment of alcoholism and other drug dependencies through examination by the American Society of Addiction Medicine, Certificate 000850, 1986. He was a member of the first group of physicians certified as a specialist in this field.

His psychiatric experience began in 1966 as a staff member of San Francisco’s Center For Special Problems, which treats drug abuse and sexual disorders. Later, he was affiliated with the Haight-Ashbury Free Clinic, became Associate Medical Director for the residential treatment facility of Marin A.C.T., and was appointed Medical Director for the Drug Abuse Section of the Free Clinic in Davis, California. From 1983-87, he was Medical Director of the Steinbeck Treatment Center, the chemical dependency treatment unit of Salinas Community Hospital. In 1988-89, he was Attending Physician in the Department of Psychiatry of the San Francisco Veterans Administration Medical Center, then entered private practice.

Dr. Schoenfeld is a member of the court-appointed psychiatrist panels for the Superior Courts of Alameda County, Contra Costa County, Marin County, and San Francisco, CA. In 1997, the University of Miami School of Medicine selected him as a Distinguished Alumnus.

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