Quality & Science

ASAM Inspires Next Generation of Addiction Medicine Specialists

by ASAM Staff | February 27, 2019

Rockville, MD (February 27, 2019) – The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) proudly announces its 2019 Ruth Fox Scholarship Recipients.  The Ruth Fox Addiction Medicine Scholarship program plays a significant role in growing the qualified workforce desperately needed to treat addiction. It represents ASAM’s dedication to increasing opportunities for residents to learn about the diagnosis and treatment of substance use disorders.

This year, through the Ruth Fox Scholarship program, ASAM offers 18 physicians-in-training with the opportunity to learn more about addiction and its treatment.   The 2019 Ruth Fox Scholars include:

  • Michael Baca-Atlas, North Carolina, University of North Carolina Hospitals
  • Benjamin Bearnot, Massachusetts, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Brandon Bentzley, California, Stanford Healthcare
  • Bradley Buchheit, Massachusetts, Boston Medical Center
  • Rachel Caspar, Utah, University of Utah Department of Family and Preventive Medicine
  • Triveni DeFries, California, University of California - San Francisco
  • Jose Feliberti, California, Kaweah Delta Healthcare District
  • Kalvin Foo, Pennsylvania, Temple University Hospital
  • Susan Franchuk, Ontario, Canada, CAMH-Centre for Addiction & Mental Health
  • David Goodman, California, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Miriam Harris, Massachusetts, Boston Medical Center
  • Jeoffrey Hill, Massachusetts, Boston Medical Center
  • Alexander Pappas, Maryland, University of Maryland, Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program
  • Arpit Parmar, New Delhi India, All India Institute of Medical Sciences
  • Daniela Rakocevic, Minnesota, Mayo Clinic
  • David Serota, Georgia, Emory University School of Medicine
  • Takeo Toyoshima, California, University of California, San Francisco, Department of Psychiatry
  • Aaron Wolfgang, Hawaii, United States Army

Ruth Fox Scholars receive complimentary registration to the Society’s Annual Conference and a three-year ASAM membership.  By attending the conference, Ruth Fox Scholars will have access to over 70 CME hours of addiction medicine education.  These young scholars will make an important impact on improving the care and treatment of people with addiction and advancing the future practice of addiction medicine. More than 150 physicians-in-training have been awarded this scholarship thus far.

Ruth Fox Scholars will attend the ASAM 50th Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida, from April 4-7, 2019. In addition to attending the conference’s presentations, Ruth Fox Scholars participate in several opportunities uniquely designed for them.

The program is named after Dr. Ruth Fox, the founder and first president of the American Medical Society on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependencies (the precursor to ASAM) in 1954. Dr. Fox was a psychoanalyst, who in 1959 became the first medical director of The National Council on Alcoholism, an agency devoted to alcoholism prevention. She performed pioneering research on the use of Antabuse, a chemical used widely in alcoholism treatment today. Learn more about the Ruth Fox Scholarship program and how to support the next generation of addiction medicine specialists to treat addiction and saves online at www.ASAM.org.


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Christine Merrifield, 301-547-4140