Michael J. Biscaro, Psy.D., ABPP
Michael J. Biscaro, Psy.D., ABPP (Forensic) is St. Vincent Charity Medical Center’s chief behavioral health & addiction medicine. In this position since January 2020, Dr. Biscaro serves an integral role in improving access for Rosary Hall detoxification and outpatient programs, inpatient adult and geropsychiatry, and psychiatric emergency department. Furthermore, he is leading the clinical teams providing behavioral health and addiction services in a transformational effort to create an integrated and expanded continuum of services that addresses the holistic needs of patients.
Dr. Biscaro has served at the VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System since 2009 in the roles of program director and team leader for the Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center (PRRC), and clinical psychologist. He took on the expanded role of service line manager for peer support services in 2019 after completing leadership training through a multi-state Veteran Integrated Service Network Leadership Development Institute training program.
Dr. Biscaro has a special interest improving program access, most notably by implementing one of the first PRRC telehealth programs offering the full complement of services to Veterans in the Akron area. Dr. Biscaro now co-leads a national workgroup focused on developing standards for PRRC telehealth implementation. Through the implementation of telehealth programming, but also enhanced services for people with co-occurring addictions, the PRRC has more than doubled in its capacity and size.
Dr. Biscaro holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from John Carroll University, and a master’s degree and doctorate in clinical psychology from Xavier University. He completed his internship and post-doctoral residency in clinical psychology at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center.
In 2017, Joseph’s Home, the only homeless service provider in Northeast Ohio exclusively focused on medical respite care, named Dr. Biscaro as behavioral health director. Also, Dr. Biscaro consults with various behavioral health programs throughout the community to extend best practices and improve training.
Specialties:Counseling PsychologyForensic Psychology
Theodore V. Parran, M.D.
Dr. Theodore Parran is co-medical director of St. Vincent Charity Medical Center’s center of excellence in addiction medicine -- Rosary Hall. It is the only hospital-based addiction treatment center in northeast Ohio to provide a full spectrum of the most current treatment options, from hospital detoxification to community-based rehabilitation, to the latest medication-assisted treatments. Rosary Hall has been at the forefront of treating alcoholism and drug dependency since 1952. Our founder, Sister Ignatia Gavin CSA, worked in collaboration with Dr. Robert Smith after he co-founded Alcoholics Anonymous, the 12-step principles of which still serve as the foundation of our continuum of care. Today, Rosary Hall’s innovative efforts continue to be fueled by compassion and decades of proven experience in treating more than 65,000 men and women.
Dr. Parran pursues several areas of special interest in medical education including Doctor-Patient Communication, Faculty Development, Continuing Medical Education, and Addiction Medicine. In addition Dr. Parran is certified by the American Society on Addiction Medicine and his group practice provides medical directorship services to several Substance Abuse treatment programs in northeast Ohio, including Rosary Hall at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center. He is the co-director of the Foundations of Clinical Medicine Course teaching Dr-Pt Communications / Clinical Interviewing / Clinical Reasoning / Physical Diagnosis / Professionalism / and Dr-Pt Relationship skills to students and residents. Dr. Parran is also the medical director of the Program in Continuing Medical Education, and in 2008 was named as the Carter and Isabel Wang Professor of Medical Education, all at CWRU School of Medicine. He is a 1974 graduate from Hawken School, a 1978 graduate with honors in History from Kenyon College and a 1982 graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the Baltimore City Hospital of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Parran was selected to be the Medical Chief Resident for one year following his residency, and received the Outstanding Faculty Teacher Award from the Department of Medicine in 1987. In 1988 he returned to Cleveland and CWRU School of Medicine.
Christopher L. Adelman, M.D.
Dr. Christopher Adelman is a co-medical director of Rosary Hall.
Founded in 1952, Rosary Hall has been at the forefront of treating alcoholism and drug dependency for more than 65 years. Our founder, Sister Ignatia Gavin, CSA, worked in collaboration with Dr. Robert Smith after he co-founded Alcoholics Anonymous, the 12-step principles of which still serve as the foundation of our continuum of care. Today, Rosary Hall’s innovative efforts continue to be fueled by compassion and decades of proven experience in treating more than 65,000 men and women.
Patients and their families find the road to freedom in our evidenced-based recovery process that’s compassionate, comprehensive, and widely recognized as one the best in the country. Rosary Hall provides a full spectrum of the most current treatment options, including hospital detoxification, outpatient treatment, and the latest medication-assisted treatments. We work hand-in-hand with sober living homes and Ohio recovery houses to ensure clients receive the support they need to sustain recovery.
In 1987, Dr. Adelman moved to Cleveland from Oklahoma to become Medical Director at St. Vincent Charity Hospital of Rosary Hall’s Alcohol and Drug Addiction Program. Dr. Adelman attended undergraduate and medical school at the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Adelman is on the faculty of the CWRU Family Medicine residency program. In 1979 he began his medical practice in Montana as an emergency room physician and within a few years became the first medical director of his hospital’s addiction treatment program. Dr. Adelman is board-certified in emergency medicine and continues to work in one of our local Emergency Departments. Dr. Adelman and his associate Dr. Ted Parran also provide addiction services to Harbor Light, Cleveland Treatment Center (methadone maintenance), Windsor-Laurelwood Hospital, Stella Maris alcohol and drug addiction treatment center and provide consultative services at several other treatment programs in Northeast Ohio. In 1990 Dr. Adelman and Parran started an addiction medicine fellowship (or training program) for physicians. They have trained more than 35 family practice, psychiatric, internal medicine, OB/GYN and pediatric physicians, many of whom are practicing in the Cleveland area.
Specialties:Addiction PsychiatryAddiction Medicine