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Dr. Gooden grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, attended Ohio University and the Ohio State University College of Medicine, graduating in 1981. He completed his residency in Pediatrics in 1984 and did a postgraduate fellowship in Neonatology. He was in community-based pediatric and adolescent practice for 15 years. He completed a professional management fellowship at the Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management in 2000. In 2002, he began a fellowship in Addiction Medicine at Case Western Reserve University/ University Hospitals of Cleveland, completing the program in January, 2004. After completing addiction research at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Dr. Gooden relocated to the Birmingham, Alabama area in the summer of 2004, and began working in addiction case management for a residential treatment program. He later began work as staff addiction physician at the same residential treatment facility, where he gained experience working with impaired professionals. He received certification from the American Society of Addiction Medicine in 2006 and was a member of the inaugural group of physicians certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine in 2009. Dr. Gooden has served as an Associate Medical Director of the largest residential treatment center in Alabama as well as Medical Director of one of their regional outpatient offices. Prior to coming to Twelve Oaks, Dr. Gooden was Owner/Director of Birmingham Addiction Medicine, LLC, providing hospital-based inpatient drug and alcohol detoxification services for a16 bed dual diagnosis unit in one of Birmingham’s largest hospitals, as well as outpatient addiction treatment services. He also provided addiction consultation-liaison services for the hospital’s medical and psychiatric patients. Dr. Gooden has served as addiction medicine consultant to the Alabama Veterinary Professionals Wellness Program. He is certified by the American Society of Addiction Medicine and board-certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine. He is also certified by the Medical Review Officer Certification Council. He is a member of the American Medical Association, American Society of Addiction Medicine, Florida Society of Addiction Medicine, the Florida Medical Association, and the Medical Association of the State of Alabama.