José Calderón-Abbo, MD

Faculty, Certified Alumni | he/him

Dr. José Calderón is a member of the CMBM Faculty. Certified in Mind-Body Medicine, Dr. Calderón conducts global training programs and leads Mind-Body Skills Groups for healthcare providers.

Dr. Calderón is the Chief Medical Officer for Behavioral Health at Optum/UnitedHealthcare, Louisiana. He is a member of Optum’s national Medical Director’s Care Integration Team and United Health Group’s advisory group to the Chief Sustainability Office. Based in Louisiana, Dr. Calderón designs UnitedHealthcare’s statewide behavioral health strategy and consults for the state on substance use healthcare policy. His geography also informs his interest in climate change as it pertains to behavioral health, and he has helped shape United Health Group’s natural and climate disaster responses. Dr. Calderón also advocates for the integration of behavioral health with primary care and for the expansion of mind-body medicine in healthcare. Additionally, Dr. Calderón is also the Medical Director at Imagine Recovery—Louisiana’s leading provider of holistic integrative care for those with substance use and co-occurring disorders—and holds teaching appointments at the LSU School of Medicine and Tulane University. Dr. Calderón previously hosted the Whole Body Mental Health Radio from 2016-19, a weekly show where he explored topics in mental health, addictions, and mind-body medicine; he also frequently appears as a guest on local, national, and international news programs.

Dr. Calderón earned his MD with honors from the National Autonomous University of México and completed his residency in psychiatry at Sinai Hospital of Detroit/Wayne State University. He is board certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. Dr. Calderón was born in México City and currently lives in New Orleans with his family.

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