Dr. Olubunmi Asana graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She then received her Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. Dr. Asana was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society, a prestigious award reserved for individuals with outstanding qualities in humanism, professionalism, and leadership in the community.
Dr. Asana completed her psychiatry residency at the University of Texas Southwestern (UTSW) in Dallas, where she also received additional training in Women’s Mental Health. She then completed a fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry at New York University Langone Health. Afterward, she served as the Director of Chemical Dependency Services at New York City Health and Hospitals/Harlem, where she was the Chief of the detoxification unit and chemical dependency intensive outpatient program. She was also a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University and operated a private practice before relocating back to Houston in 2019 to be closer to her family.
Dr. Asana has multiple scientific publications and has won awards for her research in substance use. She is an active member of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatrists. She has double board certifications in general and addiction psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. In her spare time, Dr. Asana enjoys traveling, exploring different cultures, watching spy movies, and spending time with her family.
What inspired you to become a Psychiatrist?
During my years at University, I realized that I was fascinated by the intricacies of the human brain and understanding human behavior. I also saw how too often, people with mental health challenges are marginalized and misunderstood. I saw this as an opportunity to exercise compassion and advocacy for mental health.
What is your philosophy on patient care?
I believe every individual is unique and should be treated with respect and compassion, no matter the circumstance.
What brought you to St. Hope?
I have been inspired by the integral role St. Hope foundation plays in the community and the extent of lives that have been saved and improved as a result. I am proud to be a part of the St. Hope family.