Candidate for Region II: Regional Director
1. What are your greatest contributions to ASAM and the field of addiction medicine?
I began my involvement in addiction medicine as a scholar of the Medical Education & Research Foundation (MERF), a sister organization to the California Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM). Later I joined the CSAM Education Committee and have served on multiple CSAM conference committees, as the Chair of the ABAM Exam Track for two Addiction Medicine Review courses, and as the Conference Chair for the 2015 CSAM State of the Art Conference.
In my role as Assistant Medical Chief at Kaiser Permamente in San Francisco overseeing Mental Health, I provide a consultation service to all levels of care throughout the medical center including the hospital, primary care, chronic pain program and the regional liver transplant board.
My focus is on patients who suffer from drug and alcohol addictions which affects all aspects of a person’s life. Thus, my treatment philosophy is to be holistic and incorporate mindfulness, fitness and recovery. I am very fortunate to be part of training the next generation of physicians in my role as Assistant Clinical Professor for Addiction Psychiatry at UCSF for the past three years. In addition, I enjoy supervising the residents from the Kaiser Permanente Internal Medicine program and the San Mateo County Psychiatry Residency who rotate through this clinic. I serve on the Kaiser Permanente Community Advisory Board and serve as a board member for non-profit organizations such as the Alliance Health Project. I am also involved in Bay Area Physicians for Human Rights.
2. How would your election benefit ASAM and the field of addiction medicine?
I would be delighted and honored to serve as Region II Director on the ASAM Board of Directors. I am deeply committed to education for the practicing physician and future generations of physicians. I am particularly interested in the expansion and integration of the addiction medicine physician’s role in the larger healthcare system as an advocate and leader. I believe the best way to serve our patients is to educate and integrate.
I hope to bring the diverse voice of the ASAM membership to the ASAM Board of Directors. I also I see myself as a leader in the field locally, and as such, I am in a position to get Fellows involved in ASAM and to help others become board-certified in Addiction Medicine.
Murtuza Ghadiali, MD is Assistant Chief of the Chemical Dependency Recovery Program at Kaiser Permanente, San Francisco. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Addiction Psychiatry at UCSF and serves as core faculty for the UCSF Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship Program. He is on the Kaiser Permanente Community Advisory Board. He is President of Bay Area Physicians for Human Rights and serves as a board member for other non-profit organizations such as the Alliance Health Project.