ASAM to Honor Outstanding Recipients at Awards Luncheon

David R. Gastfriend, M.D.

David R. Gastfriend, M.D.

Richard Saitz, M.D., M.P.H., FACP, FASAM

Richard Saitz, M.D., M.P.H., FACP, FASAM

ASAM will confer its most prestigious awards to deserving recipients during the Awards Luncheon from 12:15 to 2 p.m. Saturday in Grand Ballroom East, Ballroom AB. Tickets are required for attendance and may be purchased at the registration desk until 10 a.m. on Saturday.

The R. Brinkley Smithers Distinguished Scientist Lecture Award will go to Richard Saitz, M.D., M.P.H., FACP, FASAM, Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, and Director, Clinical Addiction Research and Education (CARE) Unit, the Section of General Internal Medicine, Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health and Boston Medical Center.

J. Aaron Johnson, Ph.D

J. Aaron Johnson, Ph.D

A. Thomas McLellan, Ph.D

A. Thomas McLellan, Ph.D

In addition to being honored at the luncheon, Dr. Saitz will present his lecture, “Screening and Brief Intervention for Unhealthy Alcohol and Other Drug Use: Where the Evidence Is…and Isn’t,” from 9 to 10:30 a.m. today in Grand Ballroom East, Ballroom AB.

The John P. McGovern M.D. Award and Lecture on Addiction and Society will go to David R. Gastfriend, M.D., a Newton, Mass., addiction psychiatrist. This award honors an individual who has made highly meritorious contributions to public policy, treatment, research, or prevention that has increased our understanding of the relationship of addiction and society.

Judith and Bill Moyers

Judith and Bill Moyers

The Public Policy Award will go to A. Thomas McLellan, Ph.D., for outstanding contributions in advancing addiction treatment policy, including formulating the National Drug Control Strategy implemented by President Obama, supporting addiction treatment research, and service as Deputy Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. He is currently Chief Executive Officer, the Treatment Research Institute, Philadelphia.

The ASAM Medical-Scientific Program Committee Award will go to J. Aaron Johnson, Ph.D., Faculty Research Scientist, Department of Family Medicine Medical Center, Central Georgia, Macon, Ga., for earning the highest rating of scientific merit for his abstract “Comparing the Drinkers Pyramid to Prevalence of At-Risk Use and Alcohol Use Disorders in Emergency Department and Urgent Care Settings.”

Elizabeth F. Howell, M.D., DFAPA, FASAM

Elizabeth F. Howell, M.D., DFAPA, FASAM

Anne Neumann, Ph.D., M.A.

Anne Neumann, Ph.D., M.A.

The Annual Media Award will go to Bill and Judith Moyers for their television series Close to Home, a highly acclaimed five-part PBS series providing a comprehensive, unflinching look about the science, treatment, prevention, and politics of addiction.

The Young Investigator Award will go to Anne Neumann, Ph.D., M.A., Researcher at the State University of New York (SUNY) Primary Care Research Institute, Buffalo, for her abstract, “A Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing the Long-Term Analgesic Effectiveness of Six Months Buprenorphine and Methadone Treatment in Patients with Chronic Non-malignant Pain and Opioid Addiction.” This award is presented for the best abstract submitted by an author who is within five years receipt of a doctoral degree.

Bonnie B. Wilford, M.S.

Bonnie B. Wilford, M.S.

Gerald D. Shulman, M.A., MAC, FACATA

Gerald D. Shulman, M.A., MAC, FACATA

The ASAM Annual Award will go to two individuals—Elizabeth F. Howell, M.D., DFAPA, FASAM, and Gerald D. Shulman, M.A., MAC, FACATA—for outstanding contributions to the growth and vitality of ASAM, for thoughtful leadership in the field, and for deep understanding of the art and science of addiction medicine. Dr. Howell is Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute, Salt Lake City, and Dr. Shulman is President of Shulman & Associates, an addiction and mental health training consultant in Jacksonville, Fla.

The Presidential Award will go to Bonnie B. Wilford, M.S., in recognition of her outstanding dedication and service; her notable achievements in promoting education and training in Addiction Medicine; her work on ASAM publications such as the Principles of Addiction Medicine, ASAM Patient Placement Criteria, and as Editor of ASAM News, as well as her many other significant contributions demonstrating her wisdom, generosity, and respect for people suffering from addiction.

The 2012 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Science and Service Awards go to Marc Fishman, M.D., FASAM, Mountain Manor Treatment Center, Baltimore; Patricia Pade, M.D., Co-Occurring Disorders Clinic, Albuquerque, N.M.; Joseph O. Merrill M.D., M.P.H., Project ROAM/ECHO, Seattle; and Amanda Wilson, M.D., CleanSlate Centers, Northampton, Mass. They received the awards for their excellence in office-based opioid treatment using pharmacotherapy and other innovative approaches to enhance patient outcomes.

ASAM Fellows status will be conferred to Anthony P. Albanese, M.D.; Kelly J. Clark, M.D., M.B.A.; James W. Finch, M.D.; Walter D. Fitzhugh III, M.D., M.P.H.; Daniel M. Glick, M.D.; Erik W. Gunderson, M.D.; Phillip B. Hall, M.D.; Scott L. Hambleton, M.D.; Mark S. Jorrisch, M.D.; David C. Lott, M.D.; Steven M. Lynn, M.D.; Al J. Mooney III, M.D.; James P. O’Neill, M.D.; and Scott B. Smolar, D.O.

Ruth Fox Scholarship Recipients are Dustin DeYoung, M.D.; Brian Harahan, M.D., Ph.D.; Karsten Lunze, M.D., M.P.H.; Chinyere Ogbonna, M.D., M.P.H.; Joan M. Striebel, M.D.; and Christen Tibbs, M.D.