Lindner Center of HOPE, Addiction Medicine Physician, Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience and Diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine


As an addiction specialist, Dr. Cabansag brings addiction medicine expertise to the Lindner Center of HOPE team.

Prior to joining us at LCOH, Dr. Cabansag trained as an Addiction Medicine Fellow at Cincinnati VAMC / University of Cincinnati, which was one of only 10 such fellowships to be recognized by the American Board of Addiction Medicine in their 2011 inaugural accreditations. While there, he received extensive training in substance use disorders, particularly in opioid, tobacco and alcohol use disorders. Likewise, his training included the treatment of co-occurring psychiatric disorders as well as motivational interviewing.

While still in training, Dr. Cabansag obtained his federal waiver to prescribe buprenorphine in the treatment of opioid use disorders. Along with other addiction fellows, he participated in the on-going improvement of quality measures in the treatment of veterans with substance use disorders. He was among the first in the fellowship to induct patients in residential rehabilitation with buprenorphine and treat with the injectable depot formulation of naltrexone. Dr. Cabansag also treated outpatients at the Center for Chemical Addictions Treatment in downtown Cincinnati and served as a physician in UC addictions research. Furthermore, he sought additional training and qualified as a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist.

In 2013, Dr. Cabansag was one of only a handful of trainees nationally to receive the annual American Society of Addiction Medicine Ruth Fox Scholarship Award, with which he attended ASAM’s 44th Annual Medical-Scientific Conference in Chicago.

Upon successful completion of the 2 year Addiction Medicine Fellowship, Dr. Cabansag went on to achieve board certification and the designation of Diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine in 2014 after passing the Addiction Medicine board exam.

More recently, Dr. Cabansag received additional training in Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy as part the requirements for SMART (Self-Management and Recovery Training) Facilitator’s Training.

As a part of increasing public awareness, Dr. Cabansag has given and continues to give presentations about known and effective treatments for opioid/heroin use disorders. Dr. Cabansag has spoken at several NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) functions including the Southwest Ohio and Southeast Indiana NAMI chapters as well as at other local civic groups and healthcare organizations.

Dr. Cabansag received his medical training at the Loma Linda University School of Medicine in Southern California. From there he came to Ohio to complete his training in internal medicine at Kettering Medical Center, the main facility of the Kettering Health Network. It was during this training that Dr. Cabansag began to encounter patients with substance use disorders, thus piquing his interest in addiction and leading him to seek further specialized training.

Far from a career in medicine, Dr. Cabansag initially pursued a career as an orchestral conductor. He obtained a Bachelor of Music degree from Andrews University in Michigan with state certification to teach kindergarten through high school music. During that time, he also performed as a violist in the Michiana and Battle Creek Symphony Orchestras. Upon graduating from Andrews, Dr. Cabansag went on to serve a number of years as a school orchestra director and music teacher in the Seventh-day Adventist school system in Central Florida. Inspired by a physician in the community, Dr. Cabansag left teaching and began pre-medical studies full time at the University of Central Florida, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree. He was subsequently accepted to medical school at Loma Linda University.

Areas of Specialty / Interest
Treatment of:

  • Opioid Use Disorder
  • Tobacco Use Disorder
  • Alcohol Use Disorder
  • Cannabis Use Disorder
  • Co-occurring Depression and Anxiety


  • Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy
  • SMART Recovery (Self-Management and Recovery Training)
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing