John P. Athans


I believe that we should treat patients the same way that we would want ourselves and our family treated.

Professional Journey

Building upon an interest in science, and an undergraduate major in chemistry, I entered the study of medicine from a desire to help people.

After an internship in internal medicine, I completed a 4-year residency in anatomic pathology and clinical pathology; and then practiced general pathology for a bit more than 34 years.

A little over 2 years ago, I came across another opportunity to help people by practicing addiction medicine while in semi-retirement; a job I can continue for many years to come.

About a year after my wife and I returned to our home town and our families after a 40-year absence, the opportunity to practice at ROAD to a Better Life found me.

Special Interests

I enjoy interacting and establishing a rapport with patients; and helping to guide them through the process of their recovery.


  • 1974  B.A., University of Mew Hampshire
  • 1977  M.D, Dartmouth Medical School
  • 1977-1978  Internship in Internal Medicine, St. Vincent Hospital; Worcester, MA
  • 1978-1982 Residency in Anatomic Pathology and Clinical Pathology, St. Vincent Hospital; Worcester, MA 

Professional Certifications & Associations

  • 1982  Board Certification  in Anatomic Pathology; American Board of Pathology
  • 1982  Board Certification in Clinical Pathology; American Board of Pathology
  • Life Fellow, College of American Pathologists
When not with my patients, I enjoy… spending time with my wife and family; brisk walking and moderate weight training; and listening to classical music (especially Baroque) music, and classic rock music (mid 1960s to early-mid 1970s).