|William Wooten, M.D.
Known for his passion to protect kids, families and the community from substance abuse, Evansville physician William Wooten, M.D., was chosen to receive the ISMA Physician Community Service Award.
The selection of Dr. Wooten was announced during the ISMA’s 161st Annual Convention, Sept. 26 in Indianapolis.
As the medical director of an addiction services center, Dr. Wooten realized his community needed a program to help teens before they came to him for addiction problems. In 1998, he founded Youth First, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides substance abuse prevention and intervention programs benefiting youth and their families.
Today, Youth First serves more than 20,000 teens and adults at more than 100 sites. The organization provides training and programs designed to focus on social, parental and communication skills.
Dr. Wooten continues to serve on the organization’s board of directors. He is certified in addiction medicine and family practice with nearly 15 years of experience working with area children and adults who have substance abuse problems.