American Society of Addiciton Medicine

Board of Directors

Leadership

Board of Directors

Teresa Jackson, MD, DFASAM

Candidate for Vice President


I started my addiction medicine career in Tucson, Arizona, while participating in a physician health program. I worked with both Medicaid and private patients in Arizona, providing inpatient and outpatient treatment for substance use disorders.

In March of 2018, I moved to the beautiful Pacific Northwest to work as the Medical Director of addiction medicine at Evergreen Health in the Seattle area. I am currently the Medical Director of Lakeside-Milam Recovery Centers, the largest treatment program in Washington state.

My philosophy on treating addiction is to be kind and support patients with substance use disorders. Punishment and shame do not heal. My treatment approach is to support and practice a harm reduction model and medication-assisted treatment. I aspire to work in the field of physician health programs and promote tobacco-free treatment for patients with substance use disorders.

I volunteer in my local community consulting and fundraising for the Bellevue Salvation Army and with the Washington Society of Addiction Medicine. I earned my Doctor of Medicine and Bachelor of Science from the University of Arizona. Outside of the hospital, I enjoy running, triathlons, and alpine skiing. I live in Bellevue, Washington, with my husband and our two dogs.

 

Candidate Questionnaire Response

1. What have been your greatest contributions to ASAM or to the field of addiction medicine over the last 10 years?

I currently serve on the ASAM Board as the Region VIII Director. As the chairman of the Membership Council, I strive to invest in the future of addiction medicine by attracting new diverse members at all levels of training, education, and background. The Membership Council started two pilot programs in the last year to retain membership for early career physicians and expand the student membership.

In addition to serving as the Region VIII Director, I am currently on the Board of Directors of the Washington Society of Addiction Medicine. Region VIII is working on shared continuing education events. Last month, I started a local smoking cessation program for inpatient treatment through a Washington Society of Addiction Medicine grant.

I am passionate about not only helping patients reach sobriety, but also improving their overall health through lifestyle changes including smoking cessation, diet, and exercise. Recently, I joined the ASAM Ethics Committee, and I served on the Physician Wellness Committee at EvergreenHealth.

Finally, prior to moving to Washington, I was a member of the Arizona state chapter. While working in Arizona, I started a bridge program prescribing buprenorphine to the underserved community to reduce recidivism at a Medicaid medication-assisted withdrawal management facility. Locally, in the Seattle area, I provide outreach education to emergency department physicians, hospitalists, and primary care providers to provide hospital-based buprenorphine and referral to addiction medicine treatment.

Throughout my career in addiction medicine, I have mentored medical students and residents interested in addiction medicine.

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

I am an organized leader and enthusiastic volunteer. Throughout my life, I have actively participated in fundraising and philanthropy and throughout my time serving ASAM I have volunteered for new positions.

I would bring my enthusiasm, organizational skills, and philosophy of kindness when treating patients to the Vice President position. Recruiting new members is key to the growth and evolution of ASAM. My goals as Vice President include attracting new diverse members, retaining all generations of members throughout their practice, and attracting new donors.

Each generation communicates differently. For example, younger generations primarily use social media while a more seasoned physician might require a phone call for outreach. As a Gen X, I am schooled in the various communication skills to translate between generations.

The regions and local chapters are designed to reach every member and have the best connections to the community. Improving and evolving communication techniques and utilizing the regional and state structure can improve membership recruitment and retention. I believe and would advocate that education and community outreach are paramount to moving addiction medicine into the standard treatment of patients. Increasing access to addiction treatment is imperative. I will collaborate with other leaders of ASAM to educate the public on the benefits of medication-assisted treatment as the standard of care. I have built a reputation for mentoring new and aspiring addiction medicine doctors. I will continue to mentor nurses and providers in the field of addiction medicine.