Dr. Ellen Ovson Promoted to Medical Director at Lakeview Health in Jacksonville

By: Lakeview Health Staff
Published: February 27, 2018

Dr. Ellen Ovson Has Been Promoted to Medical Director at Lakeview Health in Jacksonville

Ovson will lead the medical staff at the nationally recognized addiction treatment facility

Jacksonville, Fla., Feb. 27, 2018 – Lakeview Health, a nationally recognized leader in the treatment of substance use disorders, is pleased to announce Ellen Ovson, M.D., F.A.S.A.M., has been promoted to medical director for the Jacksonville addiction treatment center. Ovson joined the medical team at Lakeview Health in July of 2017 and had been focused on working with the female patients at the Rose of Lakeview, the women’s gender-responsive treatment program. Ovson will now lead the entire medical team and will serve as the authority on all medical issues. “Dr. Ovson has shown great leadership since joining Lakeview and it’s evident why she is one of the most highly recognized and respected physicians in the treatment of addiction,” said Roy M. Serpa, CEO of Lakeview Health. “Dr. Ovson’s compassion for patients is second to none and our team looks forward to working alongside her as she leads our medical staff.” Ovson is board certified in internal medicine and certified in addiction medicine by the American Society of Addiction Medicine and the American Board of Addiction Medicine. She has more than 17 years of experience in addiction medicine and more than 41 years in internal medicine. “I am honored to be chosen to serve as medical director of this esteemed treatment facility,” said Ovson. “We have such an amazing team of experts on our staff and I am lucky that I get to work with them on a daily basis. Providing the highest quality of care to individuals who are changing their life’s direction, to a life of recovery is a collaborative effort. I am thankful I have been given the opportunity to lead this remarkable team.” Lakeview Health utilizes the servant leadership approach to management, which is the belief that staff members are the experts at their jobs. The leadership team puts the needs of others first to help them develop and perform as highly as possible. The sharing of power helps to provide the best plan of care for the patient. Ovson will be working with the administration and medical staff to maintain Lakeview Health’s high quality of medical care. She will be responsible for assisting in the creation, development and compliance of medical policies, directives, rules, regulations and performance standards of the government, hospital and accrediting bodies, as well as seeing patients. Ovson earned her undergraduate degree at Emory University and graduated from medical school at the University of Alabama. She did her internship at Charlotte Memorial Hospital in North Carolina and her residency at Carraway Methodist Medical Center in Birmingham, AL. Ovson is a member of numerous professional organizations including the American Board of Internal Medicine, the American Board of Addiction Medicine and the American Society of Addiction Medicine, where she has held several leadership positions. Ovson previously served as the medical director at Bradford Health Services in Madison, AL and as staff physician and eventually medical director for the Gentle Path program at Pine Grove Behavioral Health and Addiction Center. Ovson is a published author whose works focus on various aspects of addiction. She is frequently invited to speak on the topic by numerous organizations and medical centers throughout the country. About Lakeview Health Lakeview Health serves individuals with addiction and psychiatric disorders. The staff offer an integrative health approach that addresses the medical, psychological, physical and spiritual aspects of recovery. They offer gender-responsive detox and inpatient services at the flagship location in Jacksonville, Florida. Their continuum of care allows patients to move successfully toward a life in recovery. To learn more, visit www.LakeviewHealth.com.