Dr. Masaru Nishiaoki is a board-eligible addiction medicine and board-certified family medicine physician with specialized training in the treatment of substance use and mental health disorders. Originally from the NYC metro, Dr. Nishiaoki received his medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine. He relocated to Hampton Roads to complete a primary care residency program at Eastern Virginia Medical School. In response to the stigmatization and insufficient care given to his patients with substance use disorders, Dr. Nishiaoki pursued an addiction medicine fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University to sub-specialize in the field. Beginning in fellowship, Dr. Nishiaoki has treated patients at the Farley Center in Williamsburg, a nationally respected residential treatment center specializing in the care of impaired professionals. Dr. Nishiaoki is also the medical director of a newly created addiction unit at Virginia Beach Psychiatric Center.
Dr. Nishiaoki is active on the state addiction treatment stage as an elected officer in the Virginia Society of Addiction Medicine. In recognition of his community efforts and scholarly pursuits, Dr. Nishiaoki was named a 2021 Ruth Fox Scholar by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). Dr. Nishiaoki’s clinical interests in addiction medicine include the treatment of co-occurring mental health disorders, hospital-based addiction treatment services, and medical education. He seeks to expand evidence-based, compassionate addiction treatment in the region, all while empowering medical professionals in all specialties to better care for patients with substance use disorders.