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Biography and Statement - Scott Teitelbaum, MD, DFASAM

Candidate for Region X: Regional Director


1. What are your greatest contributions to ASAM and the field of addiction medicine?

My greatest contributions to the field of addiction medicine and to ASAM have occurred during my tenure at the University of Florida as the Chief of Addiction Medicine. My contributions have been in the area of treatment (especially of numerous healthcare professionals), education and service. I have been involved in the evaluation and treatment of over 3,000 healthcare professionals and maintain an active clinical role as the Medical Director of the UF Health, Florida Recovery Center. One of the accomplishments that I am most proud of is that I have helped train between 60 to 70 addiction medicine fellows who are currently board certified in addiction medicine and practicing. The UF ADM fellowship program was cited as a model ABAM program. In addition, almost fifteen years ago we made the addiction medicine rotation a mandatory rotation for third-year medical students at the University of Florida and I have educated thousands of medical students and other auxiliary healthcare professionals in the field of addiction medicine. Most recently, I was awarded the Pottash endowed professorship for my work in treatment, education and research; I have grateful for this honor. Service work has also been part of my contribution to the field as I served as the president of the Florida society of Addiction Medicine (FSAM) for four years and have been on the FSAM board for numerous years. I have also served as the public policy chair and co-chair for the past four years and have been an active and responsible board member. I feel honored and privileged to have been a part of the growth of addiction medicine over the past twenty years.

2. How would your election benefit ASAM and the field of addiction medicine?

I believe that as a regional director I would bring to the table a balance and experience integrating addiction medicine with psychiatry and psychopharmacological treatment, psychosocial sciences and spirituality in the treatment and prevention of people who suffer with addictive disorders. My place as a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and as a Division Chief of addiction medicine at the University of Florida places me in a position to be a great service to both the American Society of Addiction Medicine as well as the field of addiction medicine. My commitment has been manifested in my leadership in:

  1. Helping to increase access in improving the quality of addiction treatment at the University of Florida.
  2. Educating physicians and other healthcare providers about addiction medicine.
  3. Supporting research and prevention.
  4. Helping to establish addiction medicine as a specialty recognized by professional organizations common to other physicians and the public.

Biographical Sketch

Originally from New York, Dr. Scott Teitelbaum received his undergraduate degree in psychology at Lehigh University, attended medical school at Rochester University, and completed his internship residency in pediatrics at the University of Connecticut. He was the Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha. He led a successful private pediatric practice for 10 years before completing a post-doctoral fellowship in addiction medicine and child psychiatry at the University Of Florida College Of Medicine. He joined the University of Florida, Department of Psychiatry faculty in 2002 and now serves as the department Vice Chair and Clinical Chief of the Addiction Medicine Division. In this role, he helped pilot one of the country's first addiction medicine fellowship programs, which to date has trained more fellows than any other program nationwide and was highlighted by the New York Times as 1 of 10 certified programs in the nation.

In 2010 he was inducted into the Conway Hunter Society, a national recognition for his leadership in the field of addiction medicine. In 2015 he was named the recipient of the Pottash Endowed Chair at the University of Florida, an honor given for his commitment to advancing the treatment and intervention of addiction through clinical and research advancements. Dr. Teitelbaum been recognized as a national expert and has been consulted by the White House Office of National Drug Control, the DEA, and the Executive Office of the President. He has also served as past president of the Florida Society of Addiction Medicine, committee member of the Annenberg Foundation, and public policy chair of the American Board of Addiction Medicine. In addition to his service and volunteer commitments, he's been honored multiple times, most recently in 2015, with the University of Florida Exemplary Teacher award and is passionate about reducing stigma and continuing to advance the care and treatment given to those suffering from the disease of addiction.