ASAM Members Elect New Officers

(From left) ASAM President Stuart Gitlow, MD, MPH, MBA, FAPA; Penny Ziegler, MD, FASAM; and President-Elect Jeffrey Goldsmith, MD, FASAM; enjoy a moment together after Friday's Members Annual Business Meeting.

(From left) ASAM President Stuart Gitlow, MD, MPH, MBA, FAPA; Penny Ziegler, MD, FASAM; and President-Elect Jeffrey Goldsmith, MD, FASAM; enjoy a moment together after Friday’s Members Annual Business Meeting.

ASAM members elected new officers to the Executive Board and approved the addition of a vice president’s position to the society during the ASAM Members Annual Business Meeting and Breakfast Friday.

The new officers will be Jeffrey Goldsmith, President-Elect, MD, FASAM, of the Veterans Administration Post-Traumatic Stress Clinic, Cincinnati. The new Secretary will be Margaret Jarvis, MD, FASAM, Medical Director at Marworth, Waverly, Pa. Lori Karan, MD, FACP, FASAM, will serve a second term as Treasurer. She is Medical Director at the Department of Public Safety, Hawaii, and Professor at the John A. Burns School of Medicine.

The members also voted to amend Article V of the ASAM constitution to add the vice president position.

Also during the meeting, ASAM President Stuart Gitlow, MD, MPH, MBA, FAPA, appealed to members to join the American Medical Association so the society can maintain its seat in the AMA House of Delegates. The AMA requires its member organizations to have 20 percent of its members join the AMA to keep a seat in the House of Delegates.

“We have 15 percent of those in the room who are members, and we need 20 percent,” Dr. Gitlow said. “I realize the bar is high. We are asking you to pay $420 to join the AMA. It is important for us and our ability to stand up and be recognized by the house of medicine and be part of that voice.”

Board of Directors Meeting

Wednesday, the ASAM Board of Directors met. The Board adopted the updated ASAM criteria as a clinical document consistent with ASAM’s policy, mission, and branding warranting collective support of the organization. It directed the ASAM Criteria Review Committee to continue to function. The board also approved:

  • A policy statement on pharmacological therapies for opioid use disorder.
  • A plan to permit non-physicians to join ASAM as Associate members. These Associate members will not be voting members or eligible to hold office.
  • Development of an Opioid Use Disorder Pharmacotherapy Practice Guideline as the next phase of the Patient Advocacy Task Force.