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Kenneth I. Freedman, MD, MS, MBA, FACP, DFASAM

Candidate for Treasurer

Biography and Statement

Kenneth I. Freedman, MD, MS, MBA, FACP, DFASAM

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

Our members and chapters are the ultimate source of ASAM’s strength. Throughout many years, I have shown my commitment by serving as a leader both within and outside of ASAM. I serve as the incumbent national Treasurer and ASAM Quality Improvement (QI) Council Chair. I contributed to organizational priorities as member of the ASAM Criteria Strategy Steering Committee and CEO Search Committee. Since joining ASAM in 1998, I passionately served as a chapter officer, first in Connecticut (including President), and then in Massachusetts. In my capacity as officer of these chapters, I fostered a number of accomplishments: boosted chapter membership, legislative victories, chapter/regional CME, clinical care enhancements, fiscal growth, and strong financial stature.

As Chair of the Quality Improvement Council, I steward a number of advances in ASAM’s QI efforts. We published two clinical practice guidelines on Opiate Use Disorder & Alcohol Withdrawal Management, inaugurated the revision of the 4th edition of the ASAM Criteria, and established multiple workgroups that further the enhance patient care and increase our member engagement.

Over the past ten years, I worked collaboratively with other New England chapters on regional meetings, including the nationally recognized Cape Cod Symposium, and provided liaison to individual officers throughout New England on issues of national importance. My faculty work at Tufts University & UMass Schools of Medicine improved the education of medical students on our field, and the safe, medically appropriate and humane treatment of pain disorders. My work in public policy at the Massachusetts Governor’s Drug Formulary Commission Task Force helped advance addiction medicine.

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

My highest priority as Treasurer will be to continue my successful fiscal stewardship of ASAM. My MBA training enables me to rigorously examine financial documents, budgets, and proposals, and supports my ability to understand the risks and rewards of a variety of proposed organizational actions. I have served ASAM at the national level on the Finance Committee for seven years, and am fully knowledgeable of the fiscal operations, budgeting, and investment practices of our organization. With the COVID crisis, we have thoughtfully adjusted our finances in order to weather the disruptions to our fiscal structure over the next year. My leadership roles in ASAM, MA Department of Public Health and other professional societies have prepared me to serve ASAM, its members, and our patients in the challenges we face.

In this period when opioid addiction has received national and regional attention as the epidemic that it is, continuity of leadership seems particularly important to allow us maximum efficacy. My seven years of experience on the Board, Officer, and as Chair of both the Finance Committee and Quality Improvement Council demonstrate my dedication to our organization and my abilities as a leader. With a strong, fiscally sound organization, we will be able to continue our important work, and expand our impact in fighting this devastating disease. We must work together as a society, marshaling all of our resources. Please honor me again with your vote to serve as your Treasurer for an additional two years.

Biographical Sketch

I have been a dedicated ASAM member and officer (Connecticut, Massachusetts, and nationally) for the past 22 years. My commitment has been demonstrated by most recently serving as Treasurer (since 2019) and Quality Improvement Council Chair (since 2019). I have also served on ASAM’s Criteria Strategy Steering Committee and the CEO Search Committee. My previous roles have included: Region III Director (2013-2018), national Finance Committee member (since 2013), Ethics Committee member (since 2015 and Chair 2018-2019), Quality Improvement Council member (since 2016), MA officer (Treasurer and Secretary), and CT officer (President, Vice-President, and Secretary/Treasurer).

My MBA training enables me to rigorously examine financial documents, budgets, and proposals, and supports my ability to understand the risks and rewards of a variety of proposed organizational actions. Currently, I work as a Medical Director for CVS Health, Physician Consultant at The Recovery Research Network, and as Consultant Chief Medical Officer of averHealth. I realize that my work may cause concern for conflict; be assured that I recuse myself from any discussions where pharmacies, health insurance, or laboratory testing may be important. My leadership roles have also included MA Public Health Hospitals’ system quality chief, public health hospital CMO (Lemuel Shattuck Hospital in Boston), director of two outpatient MAT programs, Clinical Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine and Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. I maintain board-certifications in addiction medicine, internal medicine and gastroenterology, and membership in the AMA, ACP, ACG, and AGA. My professional work has included academic, teaching, private practice, government, private non-profit, consulting, and industry. Throughout my career, I have worked to serve the needs of patients with substance use disorders and behavioral health patients. My professional commitment is to facilitate health care delivery toward the integration of medical care and substance use disorders in respectful and innovative ways. In this I am committed to engaging in practice, as well as policy.