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Dana L. Harris, MD, FASAM

Candidate for Region II Director

Biography and Statement

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

I have had the honor and privilege to serve on the CSAM Education committee since 2015. Prior to that I served on four conference-planning committees, and chaired the 2014 CSAM Review Course. I am currently serving as secretary on the CSAM Board of Directors. My greatest passion is in the area of education, which is core to the CSAM mission. I look forward to continuing our important work in making addiction education accessible to all clinicians with an interest in the field. Further, I look forward to working within the organization to expand the reach of both CSAM and ASAM by promoting our outstanding educational offerings to physicians in fields that are currently under-represented in our membership.

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

To dovetail on the previous question, I am passionate about expanding the reach of both CSAM and ASAM. I have pursued fellowship training in integrative medicine and currently have an integrative psychiatry practice focused on women’s health. I love the opportunity this gives me to take a very holistic approach to working with my patients. I would love to see more integration between the integrative medicine and the addiction medicine world because at the heart of both fields is a commitment to true healing, which drives my passion.

Given my particular interest in women’s health I look forward to bringing much more attention to women’s specific needs with regard to their recovery from addictions. Despite women being affected by substance use disorders in growing numbers, the research has not kept pace with this trend. Much more research needs to be done to elucidate the many ways in which women respond differently to treatment than men. This includes hormonal targets, differing responses to pharmacologic interventions, and specific needs with regard to psychosocial interventions. Our educational platforms are excellent avenues for highlighting the work that is being done, and our wonderful communities are ideal places to welcome new colleagues into the field. I would also like to speak to the need to focus more attention on pregnancy and addiction as this represents not simply a “special population” but one of the most important targets for early intervention and primary prevention of substance use disorders. I hope to reach out to obstetricians and OB/gyn residencies to become involved in our organizations so that we may enhance synergy in our fields and move this important work forward.

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Harris received her medical degree from Drexel University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, and completed her training in adult psychiatry at UCLA’s Neuropsychiatric Institute. She has pursued fellowship training in integrative medicine and has advanced training in anti-aging and preventive medicine. She is board certified by both the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the American Board of Addiction Medicine.

Dr. Harris has worked in a variety of clinical settings, providing psychiatric consultation services to community mental health organizations and residential treatment facilities, as well as serving as an attending physician at the UCLA Dual Diagnosis Program. She maintains a private practice in Brentwood, California where she specializes in women’s integrative mental health and personalized lifestyle medicine. She has been a member of the California Society of Addiction Medicine since 2010 and has served on conference planning committees, the Education Committee, and is currently serving as Secretary on the CSAM Board of Directors.