The Vermont Practitioner Health Program (VPHP) is a health service of the Vermont Medical Society. Its purpose is to protect the public by early identification, treatment, and rehabilitation of individual providers of health services who are impaired or at risk for impairment by the excessive use of drugs, including alcohol.
Physicians (including M.D.s and D.O.s), podiatrists, and physician assistants, radiologist assistants and anesthesiologist assistants are eligible to participate in the program.
Dr. Suzanne Parker is the Medical Director who is a board certified psychiatrist and is also certified as an addictionologist. Day-to-day operations are handled by the Program Administrator, Colleen Magne with oversight from the VPHP Medical Director and support from the Case Management Team, whose members include a diverse group of physicians and podiatrists.
Referrals come from the Vermont Board of Medical Practice as well as colleagues, family members, friends, patients and also include self-referrals. Communications with VPHP are confidential under state law and substance use cases have additional protections under federal law.
Participation in VPHP programs is voluntary. VPHP will strongly urge a practitioner who is ill to obtain evaluation and treatment, and specific treatment options are suggested. VPHP provides ongoing, confidential support for recovery from alcoholism and substance abuse. In some cases when there is a risk of danger to the public a report to the Vermont Board of Medical Practice may occur.
To learn more about the program, view the VPHP brochure , or contact VPHP at:
P.O. Box 133
Montpelier, VT 05601-0133