American Society of Addiciton Medicine

Board of Directors


Board of Directors


Director At Large

Dr. Marla Kushner graduated from the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her Family Medicine residency at Botsford General Hospital in Farmington Hills, Michigan and completed an Adolescent/ Young Adult Medicine Fellowship at Chicago Osteopathic Hospital and Rush-Pres St. Lukes Hospital in Chicago.

After her fellowship Dr. Kushner began working with adolescent substance abuse facilities in Chicago and received certification in Addiction Medicine from the American Osteopathic Association and is a distinguished fellow of ASAM. She is a Diplomate in the American Board of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Kushner received her fellowship in the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians in March 2013.

She is currently the Regional Medical Director for Bicycle Health, which provides treatment for opioid use disorders via telehealth. She is completing her final year as president of the board of directors for the American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Kushner has a family medicine practice in Chicago with a focus on adolescent and addiction medicine.


Candidate Questionnaire Responses

1. What have been your greatest contributions to ASAM or to the field of addiction medicine over the last 10 years?
I have served on the ASAM Board of Directors as the DO member at large. I have worked hard to act as a liaison between ASAM and the American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine.

We have worked together on Virtual Advocacy Day on the Hill the last 2 years and hope to continue this effort. I have provided information to the ASAM board on the Osteopathic pathway to addiction medicine certification.

I have also acted as a spokesperson during National addiction treatment week 2 years in a row and provided information and answered questions on adolescent addiction treatment via twitter.

As a primary care physician, I feel that I have contributed in the field of addiction by welcoming patients with substance use disorders into my practice and offering the best treatments including medications for opioid use disorders and alcohol use disorders.

2. How would your election to the ASAM Board of Directors benefit ASAM and the field of addiction medicine?
If re-elected to the ASAM Board of Directors, I would hope to continue my work as a strong liaison between ASAM and AOAAM.

I would like to continue to work on advocacy and to work on continuing to recruit and educate new physicians to the field of Addiction Medicine. I hope to continue to promote the pathway to becoming certified as an Addiction Medicine physician.