Alëna A. Balasanova, MD, FAPA

Alëna A. Balasanova, MDAssistant Professor

For Patient Appointments Call 402.552.6007

Clinic Practice Location:
Poynter Hall 42nd and Dewey, SW corner, 5th floor

Academic Office:
985575 Nebraska Medical Center Omaha, NE 68198-5575
Phone 402.552.6002

Harvard Medical School
Doctor of Medicine, 2012

Boston University Medical Center
Psychiatry Residency Training Program, 2016

Hospital Appointments:
The Nebraska Medical Center, Staff Psychiatrist

Biographical Sketch:

Alëna Balasanova, MD, FAPA, is a board-certified Psychiatrist with subspecialty board certification in Addiction Medicine. Her clinical expertise lies in integrated treatment for co-occurring psychiatric and substance use disorders. After obtaining her undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Balasanova went on to earn her MD at Harvard Medical School and completed residency training at Boston University Medical Center before joining UNMC/Nebraska Medicine in Fall 2016. As the Director of Addictions Education for the Department of Psychiatry, Dr. Balasanova is actively involved in program development for education and training of residents and medical students. She is the founder and director of the Longitudinal Integrated MH/SUD Outpatient Clinic (LIMSOC), a comprehensive clinical experience for 3rd year psychiatry residents at Nebraska Medicine. Dr. Balasanova is experienced in psychodynamic psychotherapy and is passionate about integrating psychodynamics into psychiatric training through resident supervision.

Dr. Balasanova is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and the Nebraska delegate to the YPS Assembly of the American Medical Association, where she serves on the Strategy and Leadership Committee. She is also an active member of the Education and Public Policy Committees of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry. In January 2019 Dr. Balasanova was appointed to a 3 year term as the Chair of the Early Career Physician Committee of the Metro Omaha Medical Society. Dr. Balasanova is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the American Board of Preventative Medicine.

Clinically, Dr. Balasanova directs Nebraska Medicine's Addiction Services Outpatient Clinic, an integrated care model providing concurrent treatment for co-occurring psychiatric and substance use disorders. She also helped develop and is the co-director of the inpatient Addiction Consult Service for the hospital. For additional information about Addiction Services, please go to: