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

My highest priority as Treasurer will continue to ensure appropriate fiscal stewardship of our organization. My MBA training enables me to rigorously examine financial documents, budgets, and proposals, enabling an 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, and am therefore deeply familiar with the fiscal operations, budgeting, and investment practices of our organization. My leadership roles in ASAM, MA Department of Public Health, and other professional societies prepare 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 five years of experience on the Board and the Finance Committee demonstrate my ability to step into the role of Treasurer in a seamless fashion and continue the outstanding work of the previous incumbents.

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 with your vote to serve as your Treasurer.

2. 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.

Since joining ASAM in 1998, I have continuously and passionately served as a chapter officer, first in Connecticut, and then in Massachusetts. In my capacity as officer of these chapters, we have helped foster a number of accomplishments: increased chapter membership, legislative victories, chapter/regional CME, clinical care enhancements, fiscal growth, and strong financial stature.

Over the past ten years, I have 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 enhances the education of medical students on our field, and the safe, medically appropriate, and humane treatment of pain disorders.

In 2001, I led the establishment of an on-site Hepatitis C clinic at the Hartford Dispensary (an OTP), demonstrating the successful integration of psychiatric and substance abuse treatments into HCV care. This work received national recognition, including course offerings at ASAM meetings. I also served as one of the founding members of CT’s statewide DPH/DMHAS Viral Hepatitis Prevention Plan. Through participation in the 2002 NIH Consensus Conference, I aided the successful modification of HCV treatment guidelines so that patients with substance abuse and psychiatric disorders would receive the then standard of care: interferon-based therapy.

Biographical Sketch

I have been a dedicated ASAM member and officer (CT and MA) for the past 20 years. My commitment has been demonstrated by most recently serving as Massachusetts Treasurer (since 2011), and as Regional III Director (since 2013), and member of the national Finance Committee member (since 2013), Ethics (since 2015, and Chair since 2018) and Quality Improvement Council (since 2016). I also serve on the ASAM Corporate Support Task Force and the ASAM Criteria Strategy Steering Committee. I also volunteer as a Trustee and member of the Finance Committee of the Boston Medical Library.

Since 2009, I have served the MA Department of Public Health as the Chief Medical Officer of Lemuel Shattuck Hospital in Boston, a facility that cares for many patients with substance use disorder, previously serving as Chief of Medicine. Time is devoted towards educating the next generation of health care providers through my roles as 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-certification in addiction medicine, internal medicine and gastroenterology, and membership in the AMA, ACP, and AGA. My professional work has included academic, private practice, government, private non-profit, consulting, teaching, and training.

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 help move 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.