James E. Thompson received his M.D. from VCU School of Medicine 2004.  He served internships in Pathology and Internal Medicine at VCU and completed a residency in Internal Medicine at VCU in 2009. His involvement with treating addiction began before completing residency when he became a regular volunteer at The McShin Foundation, one the country’s largest Recovery Community Organizations and became a Resident Physician member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. His work at McShin led to an invitation in 2008 to join the board of directors for Rubicon, Inc., a non-profit residential treatment center in the Highland Park area of North Richmond. Years of study and for a wide variety of addiction treatment programs and projects culminated in his being awarded Diplomate status by the American Board of Addiction Medicine in 2013. In 2014, Dr. Thompson was honored to be named a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. He remains active in the national and Virginia branches of ASAM as well as the Medical Society of Virginia and the American Medical Directors Association.

Dr. Thompson’s wide range of experience includes work as a staff physician for Rubicon Inc., (later the interim medical director), an associate medical director for the Farley Center in Williamsburg and medical director of Williamsville Wellness in Hanover, VA. He recently became the medical director for River City Opiate Treatment Center in Glen Allen, VA.

In 2010, Dr. Thompson and John Shinholser of The McShin Foundation founded Clean Life Medical, an experimental outpatient treatment.  This clinic, very much on the front line of the battle with addiction, has helped hundreds of patients on the road to recovery from this illness, patients often with few resources and a long history of perceived failure in dealing with their addiction problems.  Dr. Thompson has said that Clean Life Medical served as an incubator for his approach to addiction treatment, especially the concept of outpatient treatment as proper focal point – a concept realized at The Virginia Center for Addiction Medicine.



Sherman Master is widely renowned in the field of Addiction Psychiatry and has been a pioneer in the field in Richmond, VA area for three decades. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from University of Virginia in 1957 and received his M.D. from Medical College of Virginia in 1961. He served an internship at Emory University followed by a Residency in Psychiatry at MCV, interrupted by two years of service as a medical officer in the US Army at Fort Leavenworth.

During his distinguished career Dr. Master has served on the clinical and residency training faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at MCV. He has been recognized and awarded as an outstanding clinician and educator many times over. He has been the Chairman of Psychiatry at Henrico Doctor’s Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital, the Medical Director for St. John’s Hospital and Tucker’s Pavilion at CJW Hospital. He was the first director of what is now the Virginia Health Practitioner’s Monitoring Program, the state program that assists and monitors physicians, dentists, nurses and pharmacists with substance abuse and mental health conditions. He has been widely published and sought after as a speaker and lecturer regionally and nationally.

Needless to say, Dr. Master has been a leader, a teacher, a mentor and inspiration to so many Richmond physicians and allied health care professionals in psychiatry and addiction medicine that his importance and influence are difficult to overstate. We are incredibly fortunate and thankful to have the opportunity to work with him and we’re honored to have a place in his professional biography. He is a member of the Medical Society of Virginia, Psychiatric Society of Virginia and the Richmond Psychiatric Society.



Craig Swainey received his M.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2002. He came to Richmond for an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the VCU School of Medicine and was kind enough to mentor a third year medical student named James Thompson (see above physician) during clinical rotations. Dr. Swainey also completed fellowships in Hematology and Oncology as well as Hospice and Palliative Medicine at VCU, where he was able, once again, to hang out with then senior resident Dr. Thompson.

From 2008 to 2015, Dr. Swainey worked as an Assistant Professor of Medical Oncology and Palliative Care at VCU and was loved by patients, staff and colleagues. He has for years had a strong interest in the new sorely needed field of Addiction Medicine and after reconnecting with Dr. Thompson sought this opportunity at VCAM. Dr. Swainey is a member of both the national and Virginia chapters of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and the Medical Society of Virginia. He has two sons and a rescue dog named Mimi and is an avid fan of the UNC men’s basketball team.