Sidarth Wakhlu, M.D.

Sidarth Wakhlu, M.D.

  • Distinguished Teaching Professor
  • Psychiatry
  • Substance Abuse Treatment


Sidarth Wakhlu, M.D., is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He specializes in treating substance abuse disorders, including chemical dependencies and behavioral addictions such as gambling, porn, and gaming.

He is Director of the Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship Program and Associate Director of the Addiction Division in the Department of Psychiatry.

Dr. Wakhlu earned his medical degree at University of Delhi/Maulana Azad Medical College in India. He completed a residency in psychiatry at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine and received advanced training in addiction psychiatry through a fellowship at UT Southwestern.

Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in addiction psychiatry, he joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2003.

Dr. Wakhlu is a member of several professional committees, including the Southwestern Health Resources Behavioral Health Subcommittee, the Physician Health & Wellness (PHW) Committee for the Texas Medical Association, and the UT Southwestern Medical School Admission Committee. He is chair of the Student Assistance Committee at UT Southwestern. He has earned numerous awards and honors for his teaching, including induction into the Southwestern Academy of Teachers (SWAT) at UT Southwestern in 2017.

Dr. Wakhlu has delivered scores of presentations, contributed to the second edition of Treating Substance Abuse, and published several academic articles.

Education & Training
  • Fellowship - UT Southwestern Medical Center (2002-2003), Addiction Psychiatry
  • Residency - University of Tennessee College of Medicine (1994-1997), Psychiatry
  • Internship - University of Mississippi Medical Center (1993-1994), Psychiatry
  • Residency - Delhi University/Maulana Azad Medical College (1991-1993), Psychiatry
  • Medical School - Delhi University/Maulana Azad Medical College (1985-1990)
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • Associate Mentor , Physician Clinical Support System (PCSS) (2008), Mentorship to Physicians in the use of Buprenorphine for Opioid Addiction
  • American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) (2011), Member
  • TMA Physician Health and Wellness Committee (2015), Member
  • American Society of Addiction Medicine (2017), Member
Honors & Awards
  • D Magazine Best Doctor 2022
  • Inducted into Southwestern Academy of Teachers (SWAT) 2017, Elite UT Southwestern educators who strive to foster excellence in teaching at all levels.
  • Nominated for PGY-I Teaching Award 2015, Department of Psychiatry UT Southwestern Medical Center
  • Outstanding Teaching Site Gold Team Dallas VA Medical Center 2014, Department of Psychiatry UT Southwestern Medical Center
  • 2014-2015 Outstanding Teacher Award Nominee 2014, UT Southwestern Academy of Teachers (SWAT)
  • Nominated to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society 2013, Gamma Chapter UT Southwestern Medical Center
  • Excellence in Education Award for Medical Student Teaching 2013, UT Southwestern Medical Center Dallas Texas
  • Outstanding Preceptor Award 2012, Department of Physician Assistant Studies UNT Health Sciences Center
  • Outstanding PGY-1 Teacher of the Year Award 2010, Department of Psychiatry UT Southwestern Medical Center
  • Excellence in Education Medical Student Teaching Award 2009, UTSouthwestern Medical Center
  • Nominated for PGY-III Resident Teaching Award 2007, UTSouthwestern Medical Center
  • Pfizer Outstanding Resident Award 1996, UT College of Medicine Memphis TN
  • Resident Teaching Award 1994, UT College of Medicine Memphis TN
Books & Publications

Clinical Focus

  • Substance Abuse Treatment

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