Dr. Rabbi Abraham Twerski is featured in the book, “Pittsburgh Born, Pittsburgh Bred” as one of “500 of the most memorable Pittsburghers who have shaped the region and the world in the past 250 years.”
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Rabbi Abraham Twerski is Founder and Medical Director of Emeritus Gateway Rehab Pittsburgh Center. He is an American Hasidic rabbi, a scion of the Chernobil Hasidic dynasty, and a psychiatrist specializing in substance abuse.
Dr. Twerski first opened Gateway Rehabilitation Center in 1972 as a 28-day alcohol and drug dependence treatment center. A 2008 James W. West, M.D. Quality Improvement Award winner, Gateway Rehab also has been named one of the nation’s “top 12 rehabilitation programs” in a survey conducted by Forbes magazine and called one of the “best treatment centers” in both Rehab magazine and The 100 Best Treatment Centers Guide to Addiction Care. Gateway has since expanded to a network of facilities in Pennsylvania and Ohio, and its staff provides services to more than 1500 clients daily.
Twerski was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is a son of Grand Rebbe Jacob Israel Twerski (1898–1973) of Hornosteipel of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Dvorah Leah Twerski (1900–1995).
Twerski was educated in Milwaukee Public Schools and graduated from North Division High School in 1948. He then enrolled in the Hebrew Theological College of Chicago (now located in Skokie, Illinois) and was ordained a rabbi in 1951. In 1953 Twerski enrolled at Milwaukee’s Marquette University, and subsequently graduated from its Medical School in 1960, after which he moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Rabbi Abraham Twerski has received many awards, few of them are;
2008 – Received 50 Years of Service award from The Allegheny County Medical Society
2006 – Received the Michael Q. Ford Journalism Award from the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP)
2005 – Received Gateway Rehab Center’s inaugural Hope Award, now known as the Twerski Hope Award
2002 – Received the Nelson J. Bradley Life Time Achievement Award, given annually by the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) to an individual whose life has been committed to furthering the cause of addiction treatment
2001 – Received Health Care Hero Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Pittsburgh Business Times, Allegheny County Medical Society and the Western Pennsylvania Hospital Council
1998 – Received the Catholic Charities of Pittsburgh’s Caritas Award for Service Received the American Psychiatric Association’s Oskar Pfister Award