Thomas Edward Radecki, M.D., J.D.
Cricklewood Building, 1008 S. 5th Ave. #202, (814) 226-4909
Clarion, PA 16214
Other Clinical Offices: (814) 226-9545; (814) 226-6252; Pager (814) 298-1130
Research Office: (814) 227-2756
(217) 417-4557 (cellphone); (800) 498-7781
Education: St. Francis de Sales High School, Toledo, Ohio. Salutatorian
University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio, summa cum laude; Student Body President; University of Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France. University of Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France. Independent cross-cultural studies.
Ohio State College of Medicine, Columbus, Ohio. M.D.
1995-1996: Oklahoma City University School of Law; Class rank 8th of 154; 1996-1998: Southern Illinois University School of Law, graduated cum laude
Postgraduate Training: Rotating Psychiatric-Medicine Intern; University of Pennsylvania Service; Philadelphia General Hospital
Resident in Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania; Ward Administrator, Philadelphia General Hospital Psychiatric Service
2002: Observership in rTMS treatment of depression by the University of South Carolina
Licensure: Illinois License No. 036-059814; Pennsylvania No. 015591E
Special Educational Experiences
Medical Adviser, Cleveland Job Corps Center for Women, Cleveland, Ohio
Medical Student, Bolivian Methodist Medical Mission, La Paz
Evaluation Team Member, National HMO Evaluation Project, Albert Einstein School of Medicine, Bronx, New York
Psychiatric Clerkship, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University School of Medicine
Psychiatric Clerkship, Dr. Leston Havens, Harvard University, Massachusetts Medical Health Center
Psychiatric Clerkship, Dr. Robert Wallerstein, Mt. Zion Hospital, San Francisco
Languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Italian, and Chinese
Past Experience: Clinical Director, Upper Kentucky River Mental Health Center, Hazard, KY
Clinical Director, FMRS Mental Health Center, Beckley, WV
Clinical Director, North Central Comp. Care Center, Elizabethtown, KY
Superintendent, Adolf Meyer State Hospital, Decatur, IL
Private psychiatric practice in Decatur, and Charleston, IL
Research Director, National Coalition on Television Violence, Urbana, IL, 1979-1991
Consulting Psychiatrist, Dewitt County Mental Health, Clinton, IL and Piatt County Mental Health, Monticello, IL
Consulting Psychiatrist, Douglas County (Tuscola), Coles County; (Mattoon), Shelby County (Shelbyville), and Cumberland County (Toledo) mental health services.
Consulting Psychiatrist, Taylorville & Robinson Correctional, Centers, Illinois
2002-2004: Private Practice, Champaign, Illinois, with Drs. Wrestler, Giri, and Boone
2004-2005: Clinical psychiatrist with MHM Services, State College, Pennsylvania
2005: Clarion Psychiatric Center, Clarion, Pennsylvania
2005: Clarion County Counseling Center, Clarion, Pennsylvania
2005: Clarion County Corrections, Clarion, Pennsylvania
2005: Private Practice, Clarion, Pennsylvania
2006: Regional Counseling Center, Oil City, Pennsylvania
Current Activities: 1991-present: Doctors & Lawyers for a Drug Free Youth, Research Director; Clinical practice in Clarion, PA.
Hospital Privileges: St. Mary's Hospital (Active Staff) 1981-1992, Decatur, IL; Decatur Memorial Hospital (Courtesy Staff) 1981-1992, Decatur, IL; Sarah Bush Lincoln (Active Staff) 1989-1992 Charleston, IL and several others earlier but not listed; Clarion Psychiatric Center (Active Staff), 2005.
Past University Affiliation: SIU School of Medicine Dept. of Psychiatry, Clinical Associate, Springfield, IL
University of Illinois School of Medicine Dept. of Psychiatry, Clinical Instructor, Champaign, IL
Certification: Board-Certified, American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology in Psychiatry
Certified in Administrative Psychiatry
Radecki, Thomas E. : Patient Preference: Lithium Pills vs. Capsules. American Journal of Psychiatry, February, 1990
Radecki, Thomas E. : Editor, Psychiatric, Mental Health & Behavioral Medicine News Update. Published quarterly. 1980 to 1991 Circulation: 3500
Radecki, Thomas E. : Research Director, National Coalition on Television Violence: Editor, NCTV News, Nov., 1981 to 1991. Circulation: 8,000
Radecki, Thomas E.: Research Director, Drug Free Youth, Editor, DFY News, 1992-1993, circulation 4000; Synar News Update, 1993-1997, circulation 400
Radecki, Thomas E, Strohl, James (1992). Sales of alcohol to underage youth in 17 midwest and Eastern states. DFY News 1(Supplement): 1-8.
Radecki, Thomas E. (1992). Sales of alcohol to minors in 55 U.S. Cities. DFY News 2(Supplement):1-8.
Radecki, Thomas E. (1993). Tobacco Sales to Minors in 97 U.S. and Canadian Communities. Tobacco Control 2:300- 305.
Radecki, Thomas E. (1993). Compliance Checks and Other Enforcement Methods to Deter Underage Drinking. Washington DC: Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.
Radecki, Thomas E. (1993). Opininao. Atualidades em Tabagismo 2:1.
Radecki, Thomas E. (1994). The Sales of Lottery Tickets to Minors in Illinois. J Gambling Studies 10(3):213-218.
Radecki, Thomas E. (1994). The sales of cigarettes to minors in Brazil, Uruguay, and Argentina. Rev. Bras. Cancerol 40(1):61-64.
DiFranza, Joseph R., Peck, Richard M., Radecki, Thomas E. (2001). What is the Potential Cost-Effectiveness of Enforcing a Prohibition on the Sale of Tobacco to Minors? Preventive Medicine 32:168-174.
Radecki, Thomas E. (2003). Child psychiatric disorder and relative age in school year: Holding back may cause more harm than good. British Med J 2003 327:1286.
Radecki, Thomas E. (2005). Calcium and vitamin D in preventing fractures. Vitamin K supplementation has powerful effect. British Med J 2005;331:108.
Recent Research & Enforcement Grants:
1993 Center for Substance Abuse Prevention to write a white paper on the enforcement of the 21-year-old drinking age law
1993 & 94 Schaumburg, Illinois, tobacco enforcement inspections, two citywide inspections per year
1994 South Dakota contract for a block-random seletion study of tobacco sales to minors at 188 outlets for CSAP.
1994 North Dakota contract to conduct a total random seletion study to measure tobacco sales to minors at 203 outlets
1994 Nevada contract to conduct a block-random seletion study to measure tobacco sales to minors at 250 outlets for CSAP reporting purposes.
1995 South Dakota. Two statewide surveys (581 outlets) with enforcement component for federal government submission
1995 Canadian Cancer Society for 10-city tobacco youth purchase survey. 600-outlets.
1995 Canadian Cancer Society, 2-city alcohol youth purchase study, 120 outlets.
1995 North Carolina: statewide block-random selection tobacco youth purchase study of 600 outlets for CSAP reporting.
1996 South Dakota grant to conduct 1,700 tobacco sales to minors enforcement inspections
1996 Center for Substance Abuse Prevention contract to write proposed requirements for state annual reports on tobacco sales to minors.
1996 Nevada contract to conduct 2,509 tobacco sales to minors enforcement inspections
1996 Georgia contract to conduct 350 cluster sampling tobacco sales to minors inspections for CSAP reporting.
1996 Wyoming contract to conduct 300 tobacco sales to minors inspections using 18-year-olds who look like minors.
1996 Arizona contract to conduct 900 tobacco sales to minors inspections using minors and a "false-buy" methodology
1996-7 Illinois contract to conduct 500 alcohol sales to minors inspections using 21-year-olds who look like minors and present an obviously borrow false ID to test the baseline rate that IDs are carefully inspected and to test whether a server training program has an impact.
1996-7 South Dakota contract to test 600 alcohol outlets for their readily to sell alcohol to minors in two separate series to measure the impact of the inspection program.
1996-7 South Dakota contract to conduct 1800 tobacco sales to minors inspections for research and enforcement purposes.
1997 Nevada contract 600 outlet Synar random purchase study
1997 Arizona contract 600 outlet Synar random purchase study
1997 Alabama contract for 3000 enforcement tobacco sales to minors inspections
1997 North Dakota contract 400 outlet Synar random purchase study
1997-8 South Dakota contract 2200 tobacco sales to minors inspections for enforcement and Synar random purchase study
1998 Vermont contract 3000 tobacco sales to minors inspections for enforcement and Synar random purchase study
1998 South Dakota contract 1400 alcohol sales to minors enforcement study
1998 Nevada contract for 2300 tobacco sales to minors enforcement inspections.
1998 Arizona contract for 500 tobacco sales to minors random purchase research study.
Jan. 12-13, 1998, CSAP Synar Technical Assistance Conference, Washington, D.C. Third National Panelist for three sessions on Statistical and Research Design.
1999 South Dakota contract for 1800 tobacco sales to minors inspections.
1999 South Dakota contract for 1000 alcohol sales to minors inspections.
1999 Arizona contract for 770 tobacco sales to minors random purchase research study
2000 South Dakota contract for 1800 tobacco sales to minors inspections.
2000 Arizona contract for 800-900 tobacco sales to minors random purchase research study
2001 South Dakota contract for 1800 tobacco sales to minors inspections.
2001 Arizona contract for 800-900 tobacco sales to minors random purchase research study
2002 South Dakota contract for 1800 tobacco sales to minors inspections & research report
2002 Arizona contract for 1250 tobacco sales to minors inspections & research report
2003 South Dakota contract for 1800 tobacco sales to minors inspections.
2004 South Dakota contract for 1800 tobacco sales to minors inspections.
2005 South Dakota contract for 1800 tobacco sales to minors inspections.
Awards & Honors:
Salutatorian, St. Francis De Sales High School, Toledo, Ohio
Sophomore of the Year, University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio
Student Body President, University of Toledo
Blue Key and Phi Kappa Phi Honoraries, University of Toledo
Honors in Anatomy and Endocrinology, Ohio State Medical School
Past Membership: American Psychiatric Association
Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy
Mental Health Task Force, East Central Illinois HSA
Governor's Advisory Council for Developmental Disabilities
Mental Health Technical Advisory Task Force, Kentucky, HSA-W
Rural Mental Health Association
Health: Excellent. Height: 5’ 11", Weight: 159#, BMI: 22.0, Average Pulse Rate: 62, BP 135/70. Vigorous exercise 250+ days per year. No routine medications until 2004. Now on blood pressure medication only. Never hospitalized. MEDCAT top 3% (1972), LSAT top 2% (1995), WAIS-3 IQ 155 (2001).
Special Experience in Research and the Treatment of Alcoholism:
I have treated well over 1,000 patients in my clinical practice with problems with alcohol abuse and dependence. Although for many of these the treatment was one of brief stabilization before referral to alcoholism counseling programs, as Clinical Director of mental health centers in Hazard and Elizabethtown, Kentucky, I supervised community residential alcoholism treatment programs. I have detoxified well over 200 patients with benzodiazepines who were suffering from alcohol withdrawal. I have prescribed disulfiram to hundreds of patients over the past 17 years. I have now treated over 100 patients with a combination of disulfiram and diazepam compounded in the same capsule as a part of my clinical practice of medicine since August the 10th of 1990 starting the first patients on the combination of these two medications in separate tablet form on August the 1st as part of a treatment approach for alcoholism.
My initial treatment success with the combination medication treatment has led me to conclude that the combination medication treatment is very likely of significant additional treatment benefit for patients with alcohol dependence. My initial routine practice of medicine experience with these two medications has found only drowsiness and difficulty driving to be significant side-effects although two patients have developed peripheral neuropathy and one experienced a rage reaction. I have found that by using smaller doses of diazepam than initially expected and by close clinical supervision with appropriate warnings, side-effects can usually be avoided. I have had perhaps twenty patients drink on top of the combination medication. Their reactions were very similar to patients of mine drinking on top of plain disulfiram. I have been very pleased that the large majority of patients having a reaction were willing to resume the combination medication treatment. This is the opposite of my experience with plain disulfiram in such situations.
Of my first 28 patients on the combination treatment, 61% were abstinent at an average of 6 weeks of treatment. The patients were much more likely to be living alone and unemployed that those reported in other recent disulfiram trials, suggesting that the success rate is probably better than would have been achieved with plain disulfiram. I am sure that the success rate will decrease with time still further, but compared to my success with plain disulfiram in the past, I think that it is possible that the combination medication is proving superior, at least initially, to the plain disulfiram and merits a carefully controlled double-blind study to determine the actual benefit.
A phase II FDA study of disulfiram-chlordiazepoxide was approved and IRB approval from Western IRB was obtained. However, the study was canceled by myself due to personal difficulties. Unfortunately, no pharmaceutical company was able to be found to follow through with the next phase II study.
Media Appearances involving various aspects of research on violent entertainment: I had 215 media appearances noted on the Westlaw compilation of media articles and appearances as of 1995. These include: Donohue Show three times, Oprah twice, Giraldo once, Firing Line twice, Larry King once, 20/20 twice, 60 Minutes once, CBS Morning News six times, CNN nine times, PBS Lat Night four times, PBS Capitol Report once, MacNeil-Lehrer once, ARD (German TV) once, RAI (Italian TV) once, Australian stations (3), British television (3), Canadian television (5). Numerous radio appearance and similar press coverage.
Drug Free Youth appearances:
Alcohol Policy Conference VIII, Washington DC, March, 1992, panelist on 21-year-old drinking age.
Alcohol 21-year-old enforcement research covered in Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Channel 11 Minneapolis, Madison and Milwaukee newspapers, public radio in Minnesota, San Francisco radio and Jackson, Mississippi newspaper. 1992.
Presenter at the National Conference of State Liquor Administrators, June, 1992 Baltimore on liquor law enforcement
Presenter at the National Conference of State Liquor Administrators, Southern Region, New Orleans, Nov., 1992
Invited Testimony, National Hearings on Underage Drinking Policy, Join Together, December, 1992
Testimony, Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on Tobacco Sales to Minors bill, March 29, 1994
Testimony, Rhode Island House Finance Committee Hearing on Tobacco Sales to Minors bill, May 10, 1994
TV appearances on WCBS-TV(New York), WBZ-TV(Boston), WJXT-TV(Jacksonville), ABC-TV (St. Petersburg), WISH-TV (Indianapolis), WBTV-TV, WSOC-TV, WPCQ-TV (all Charlotte), WTVF-TV (Nashville), and WUSA-TV (Washington), WWL-TV and WDSU-TV New Orleans. research covered in several dozen local newspapers (Florida Times-Union, Tampa Tribune, Atlanta Constitution-Journal, Indianapolis Star, Louisville Courier-Journal, Charlotte Observer, Baltimore Sun, Tennessean Banner and Associated Press national wire story in 1992 all alcohol sales to minors research. Chicago News Service, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Jackson (Miss.) Daily News, Wisconsin State Journal on alcohol sales to minors and Providence Journal on tobacco sales) and a couple dozen local radio stations across the U.S. (WBAL Baltimore, WINZ and WIOD Miami, WSB and WGST Atlanta, WHAS Louisville, WSM Nashville, Tulsa radio, San Francisco radio, Minnesota Public Radio, Pennsylvania Public Radio, WWL New Orleans). in 1992 as well as in Alcoholism Report, Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Weekly, National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Update, Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists News, Stop Teenage Addiction to Tobacco News, and more.
Peoria and Springfield, Illinois television on tobacco purchase, March, 1993
March, 1993 Washington Post. National Alcohol Purchase Research
Estado de Sao Paulo, July 8, 1993. Tobacco sales to minors in Sao Paulo
Globo-TV in Rio de Janeiro, July 13, 1993, Tobacco sales to minors in Rio de Janeiro
Jornal do Brasil, July 14, 1993, Tobacco sales to minors in Rio de Janeiro
TV Bandeirantes, Belo Horizonte. July 18, 1993. Tobacco sales to minors in Belo Horizonte and Brazil
TV Globo, Belo Horizonte. July 18, 1993. Tobacco sales to minors in Belo Horizonte and Brazil
SBT TV, Belo Horizonte. July 18, 1993. Tobacco sales to minors in Belo Horizonte and Brazil.
TV Globo, Curitiba, Brazil. July 23, 1993. Tobacco sales to minors in Curitiba and Brazil.
Educational Television of Porto Alegre,. July 28, 1993. Tobacco sales to minors in Porto Alegre and Brazil.
Uruguay State Education Television. August 7, 1993. Tobacco sales to minors in Uruguay and Brazil.
Radio Gaucho, Porto Alegre, Brasil. August 28, 1993. Alcohol and tobacco sales to minors in Argentina and Brazil
Estado de Sao Paulo. September 6, 1993. Alcohol sales to minors in Porto Alegre and Sao Paulo.
SBT National TV, TV Reporter. September 13, 1993. Tobacco and alcohol sales to minors in Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay.
Presentation at the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists Anuual Meeting on enforcement of the 21-year-old drinking age and decreasing alcohol consumption by minors. October, 1994
State of Illinois Operation Straight ID Symposium panelist May 31, 1995, How to Best Enforce the Drinking Age
National Conference on Gambling, Crime, and Gaming enforcement, Apr 3, 1996 "Underage Lottery Ticket Sales to Youth in Illinois
March 15, 1993: Washington Post. Fantasy Role-Playing Games
March 18, 1993: CBS Radio Gill Gross Show 7 pm-9pm on Fantasy Role-Playing Games.
June 30, 1993: Sonya Show (CNN) on TV Violence
New York Daily News, Tobacco and alcohol purchase research, August 12, 1994
Louisville Courier Journal, November 29, 1994, Cigarette Sales to Minors research
St. Paul Pioneer, November 15, 1994, Gambling Sales to Minors research
December 1, 1994, Sonya Show (Syndicated), on Power Rangers and TV Violence
July 11, 1995 Gill Gross CBS Radio Network on V-chip technology and legislation to reduce violence io American home TV
July 18, 1995 Newark Star Ledger on Synar amendment tobacco sales to children.
August 10, 1995 Bloomington-Normal, Illinois Pantagraph on gambling research (Don Thompson)
August 2, 1995 Chicago Tribune on gambling research
August 31, 1995 Northwest Herald on tobacco sales to minors (Suburban Chicago)
May 3, 1996 Illinois Public Radio, Peoria Television, Associated Press on lottery sales to minors.
Sept. 1, 1996, Chicago Sun Times, Kids buy into lottery (front page) (by Stephanie Zimmerman 312-321-2834 fx 321-3084)
Nov. 14, 1996 A & E Network, Investigative Reports aired gambling research results
Nov. 15, 1996 Daily Illini (Champaign, IL). Article on the harmful effects of violent television entertainment
More since 1996 not listed.
May 25, 1999, Argus Leader, Tobacco Sales to Minors Deterrence, Terry Wooster, Capitol Reporter