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Cornel N. Stanciu, MD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Additional Titles/Positions/Affiliations:
Director of Addiction Services at New Hampshire Hospital


Psychiatric Medicine -- East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
Addiction Psychiatry -- Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH
Electroconvulsive Therapy -- Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC
Other Training:
Medical Review Officer (MRO) -- American Association of Medical Review Officers


Contact Information:

New Hampshire Hospital
36 Clinton Street
Concord NH 03301

Phone: (603)-271-5265
Email: Corneliu.Stanciu@dhhs.nh.gov

Professional Interests:

- Kratom
- New designer drugs
- Cannabinoids
- Physician substance abuse / physician health programs
- Telemedicine models for delivery of addiction treatment
- Chronotherapeutics


Cornel N. Stanciu, M.D., M.R.O., F.A.S.A.M., is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine and Director of Addiction Services at New Hampshire Hospital.

Dr. Stanciu completed his general psychiatry training at East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine where he was actively involved in numerous academic research projects and community outreach programs geared at disseminating knowledge to local providers.

Dr. Stanciu subsequently completed the Addiction Psychiatry fellowship offered through Dartmouth. He is triple board certified having been certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology twice and additionally by the American Association of Medical Review Officers.

Throughout his career, Dr Stanciu played an active role in academia having published a multitude of highly-cited papers on themes related to addiction, particularly new psychoactive drugs and Kratom. He is on the editorial boards of three journals and has received multiple awards for excellence in research and clinical care. His research was presented at numerous conferences and cited in literature.

In 2017, Dr. Stanciu was named the Ruth Fox, ASAM, scholar and Governors Institute on Substance Abuse scholar. In 2018 he received the American Medical Association Physician’s Recognition Award.

Dr. Stanciu is actively involved with several organizations including the APA, ASAM, and AAAP and has contributed to their newsletters, currently serving as the early career editor for the latter. He was also appointed to serve on the New Hampshire Board of Medicine, Medical Review Subcommittee as well as on the New Hampshire Therapeutic Cannabis Medical Oversight Board.

Dr. Stanciu is also the author of Deciphering the Addicted Brain, a guide to help families and the general public better understand addictive disorders.

Mentoring Information:

Available by request.

Selected Publications:


Effectiveness of Gabapentin in Reducing Cravings and Withdrawal in Alcohol Use Disorder: A Meta-Analytic Review.
Ahmed S, Stanciu CN, Kotapati PV, Ahmed R, Bhivandkar S, Khan AM, Afridi A, Qureshi M, Esang M
Prim Care Companion CNS Disord. 2019 Aug 22;21(4) pii: 19r02465. doi: 10.4088/PCC.19r02465. Epub 2019 Aug 22.
PMID: 31461226

Naltrexone and Its Noroxymorphone Minor Metabolite - A Case Report.
Stanciu CN, Gnanasegaram S
J Psychoactive Drugs. 2019 Jul 31;:1-3. doi: 10.1080/02791072.2019.1649507. Epub 2019 Jul 31.
PMID: 31366308

Kratom Withdrawal: A Systematic Review with Case Series.
Stanciu CN, Gnanasegaram SA, Ahmed S, Penders T
J Psychoactive Drugs. 2019 Jan-Mar;51(1):12-18. doi: 10.1080/02791072.2018.1562133. Epub 2019 Jan 5.
PMID: 30614408

Survey of physician attitudes towards psychogenic nonepileptic seizures and driving.
Farooq U, Ahmed S, Madabush J, Kolli V, Esang M, Kotapati VP, Ahmed R, Stanciu CN
Epilepsy Behav. 2018 Jun;83:147-150. doi: 10.1016/j.yebeh.2018.03.031. Epub 2018 Apr 26.
PMID: 29705625

Use of Buprenorphine in treatment of refractory depression-A review of current literature.
Stanciu CN, Glass OM, Penders TM
Asian J Psychiatr. 2017 Apr;26:94-98. doi: 10.1016/j.ajp.2017.01.015. Epub 2017 Jan 27.
PMID: 28483102

"Meth Mouth": An Interdisciplinary Review of a Dental and Psychiatric Condition.
Stanciu CN, Glass M, Muzyka BC, Glass OM
J Addict Med. 2017 Jul/Aug;11(4):250-255. doi: 10.1097/ADM.0000000000000316.
PMID: 28441274

Withdrawn: The Behavioral Profile of methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) and α-pyrrolidinopentiophenone (PVP) - A Systematic Review.
Stanciu CN, Penders TM, Gnanasegaram SA, Pirapakaran E, Padda JS, Padda JS
Curr Drug Abuse Rev. 2017 Mar 21; doi: 10.2174/1874473710666170321122226. Epub 2017 Mar 21.
PMID: 28325154

Loperamide, the "Poor Man's Methadone": Brief Review.
Stanciu CN, Gnanasegaram SA
J Psychoactive Drugs. 2017 Jan-Mar;49(1):18-21. doi: 10.1080/02791072.2016.1260188. Epub 2016 Dec 5.
PMID: 27918873

Bright Light Therapy as Augmentation of Pharmacotherapy for Treatment of Depression: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.
Penders TM, Stanciu CN, Schoemann AM, Ninan PT, Bloch R, Saeed SA
Prim Care Companion CNS Disord. 2016 Oct 20;18(5) doi: 10.4088/PCC.15r01906. Epub 2016 Oct 20.
PMID: 27835725

Recreational use of dextromethorphan, "Robotripping"-A brief review.
Stanciu CN, Penders TM, Rouse EM
Am J Addict. 2016 Aug;25(5):374-7. doi: 10.1111/ajad.12389. Epub 2016 Jun 11.
PMID: 27288091

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