Alëna A. Balasanova, MD, FAPA

Balasanova.Alena.2019.jpgAssistant 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:
Dr. Alëna A. Balasanova is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). She is dually board certified in psychiatry and addiction medicine with specialized expertise in integrated treatment for substance use disorders co-occurring with other psychiatric conditions. After obtaining her undergraduate degree from The 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 Addiction Psychiatry Education, Dr. Balasanova has developed novel educational programs for medical students, residents, fellows, and allied health professionals. She is the founder and director of the Longitudinal Integrated Mental health/Substance use Outpatient Clinic (LIMSOC), an internationally recognized clinical experience for Creighton University Psychiatry Residents. Dr. Balasanova also founded and directs Nebraska Medicine’s Outpatient Addiction Psychiatry Clinic and also developed and now co-directs the inpatient Addiction Psychiatry Consultation Liaison Service at the Nebraska Medical Center.

Dr. Balasanova’s professional interests lie at the intersection of medical education and stigma reduction. She has presented and published nationally and internationally on addiction psychiatry education and destigmatizing substance use disorders; in recognition of this work, Dr. Balasanova was awarded the prestigious American Medical Association Foundation Award for Health Education in 2020. Dr. Balasanova is also very active in organized medicine. She serves on the board of directors for the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry as well as for the Nebraska Psychiatric Society and Metro Omaha Medical Society. She represents the Nebraska Medical Association in the American Medical Association Young Physicians Section where she serves on the Strategy and Leadership Committee. Dr. Balasanova is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the American Board of Preventative Medicine.