Family, Colleagues Inspire ASAM Awardees

ABAM Board Member Mike Miller, M.D., FACP, FASAM, (left) presents the ABAM and ABAM Foundation President's Award to ABAM Immediate Past President Kevin B. Kunz, M.D., M.P.H., FASAM.

ABAM Board Member Mike Miller, M.D., FACP, FASAM, (left) presents the ABAM and ABAM Foundation President’s Award to ABAM Immediate Past President Kevin B. Kunz, M.D., M.P.H., FASAM.

The presentation of ASAM’s most prestigious awards Saturday brought two standing ovations and left attendees in awe of the tireless efforts of their fellow members.

First up, A. Thomas McLellan, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, the Treatment Research Institute, Philadelphia, received the Public Policy Award.

“I was happy to serve, and I am delighted to be thought worthy of such an award,” Dr. McLellan says. “I congratulate ASAM on the years it contributed to public policy in addiction, and I see nothing but the brightest of futures for this organization.”

The Young Investigator award went to Anne Neumann, Ph.D., M.A., Researcher, the Statue University of New York Primary Care Research Institute, Buffalo.

“Thank you very much. Thank you for the opportunity to be here. I have been learning a lot,” Newman says.

Two ASAM Annual Awards were presented, the first to Elizabeth F. Howell, M.D., DFAPA, FASAM, who shared the credit for her award with ASAM members.

“Anything we’ve done, I really can’t take any credit for it. It’s the work of you and other members of ASAM. I’m happy that I could be part of that and getting things started,” says Dr. Howell, Associate Professor Psychiatry, University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute, Salt Lake City.

The second recipient was Gerald D. Shulman, M.A., MAC, FACATA, President of Shulman & Associates, and an addiction and mental health training consultant, Jacksonville, Fla.

“I can’t tell you how honored and humbled I feel,” Dr. Shulman says. “I’ve had a driving force in my professional life, which is to make a difference in the lives of people who have substance abuse disorders and their families. ASAM has given me the opportunity to work toward that goal and with some people who started as colleagues and ended up as friends. These people helped me become a better trainer, consultant, clinician, and, in the final analysis, a better person.”

Accepting the Annual Media Award on behalf of Judith and Bill Moyers was their son, William C. Moyers, who shared his own story of recovery from addiction, beginning in 1994.

“Ever since, my parents and I have never shied away from being open about just how close to home addiction hit in the Moyers family, just like it strikes so many families in this country and around the world,” Moyers says. “That’s why I am honored by this ASAM honor, and why they are honored by this ASAM award.”

After David R. Gastfriend, M.D., a Newton, Mass., addiction psychiatrist, gave the John P. McGovern M.D. Award and Lecture on Addiction and Society, he thanked his supporters and family, including his father, who survived Nazi Germany’s concentration camps.

“His Jewishness and humanitarian values survived as well,” Dr. Gastfriend says. “I believe that was the source of my yearning to help the needy and victims of prejudice that formed the foundation of my career aspirations. My three kids have been an unending blessing. My wife has nurtured me, loved me, and tempted to balance me, sharing both the steps forward and trying to help me anticipate the falls backward.”

Bonnie B. Wilford, M.S., received the Presidential Award, sharing how her boss at the American Medical Association, Manny Steindler, also a former ASAM Executive Vice President, inspired her.

“I want you to know about him because it’s people like Manny who brought this field to where it is today,” Dr. Wilford says. “I’d like to accept this wonderful award in his honor. There’s no other area of medicine that exemplifies the difference one person can make more than addiction medicine.”