James Besante


About Dr. Besante

Dr. James Besante currently works to develop addiction treatment services focused on prevention, treatment, and long-term recovery across central Illinois. In this role, he works directly with the State of Illinois to build treatment capacity in rural and underserved communities. He leads a multidisciplinary team that leverages technology to train healthcare providers and empower communities to combat the drug epidemic. He also holds an appointment as Clinical Assistant Professor at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine, the nation’s first engineering-based medical school.

A note from James:

“As we work to expand access to addiction treatment, we must always elevate the voices of individuals in recovery. Their resilience and success will help guide us forward.”

Education & Training:

Dr. James Besante completed post-graduate medical training in internal medicine at Mount Auburn Hospital, a Harvard affiliated training program, and addiction medicine specialty training at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.


Board Certified in Internal Medicine
Board Certified in Addiction Medicine