José Calderón-Abbo, M.D., is a native of Mexico City. He is dually boarded in psychiatry and addiction medicine. He is particularly interested in integrating mind-body medicine in clinical, administrative, corporate, and educational settings, and to study the behavioral health effects of climate change. He has directed his efforts towards the study and treatment of trauma, addictions, and health promotion models, including the rebuilding of healthcare services in New Orleans post-hurricane Katrina. He trained with James Gordon of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, Herbert Benson and, Jon Kabat-Zinn in mind-body approaches including MBSR. Dr. Calderón is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Louisiana State University’s Department of Psychiatry.
He is currently developing mind-body approaches for addictions, and the psychosocial effects of violence related to organized crime and the war on drugs in México. He testified at the US Congress hearings on violence reduction in support of mind-body medicine and mental health initiatives, and on mind-body interventions in healthcare, education and crime rehabilitation during H.H. Dalai Lama’s visit to New Orleans.
Dr. Calderon is the host and producer of the acclaimed Whole Body Mental Health Radio weekly show and podcast on WHIVFM and iTunes, where he explores topics in mental health, addictions and mind-body medicine.
In March of 2018, Dr Calderon’s became the Chief Medical Officer for Behavioral Health for Optum/United Healthcare, Louisiana, where he oversees programs for behavioral health integration in primary care, expansion of substance use and mental health services, projects to address the opioid and suicide epidemics, and quality improvement in the delivery of evidence based interventions in behavioral health. For CMBM among other initiatives, Dr. Calderon is part of the team bringing CMBM programs to Mexico to address the effects of exposure to violence from organized crime. He lives with his family in New Orleans.