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Brian Hurley, MD, MBA, DFASAM

Candidate for President-Elect and Director-at-Large

Biography and Statement

Brian Hurley, MD, MBA, DFASAM

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

  1. Action Oriented Governance – ASAM’s successful execution of our ambitious strategic plan necessitates close collaboration between board leadership, ASAM’s executive director and staff, and ASAM’s expanding partnerships and constituencies. If elected to the role of at-large director, I would support decision making that combines the capability of our executives with the direction of governance. My background as your current treasurer, and as a long-time member of association governance within ASAM and other organizations, has prepared me well to serve ASAM as an at-large director. Maintaining a strong professional society is essential for our field, and having served ASAM during this transformative era for addiction medicine, I pledge to promote ASAM’s ongoing success.
  2. Coalition Building – ASAM is the leading medical society in the addiction field; a field that faces the ever-growing involvement of federal, state, and local governmental agencies, payers, health care delivery organizations, academic institutions, advocacy groups, industry players, other medical associations, and the variety of physicians working with patients with addiction.

ASAM is in the key position to convene broad stakeholders toward a shared focus on remission and recovery from the disease of addiction. Growing the capacity of our field requires building a coalition that thrives despite dissonance, and the breadth of my professional background and depth of work in areas historically resistant to involvement by addiction physicians is a testament to my capacity to assist in bridging historic differences and assembling a wide coalition resonant with ASAM’s mission. A future when addiction prevention, treatment, remission and recovery are accessible to all requires no less ambitious an effort.

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

  1. Amplifying ASAM's resources – As your treasurer since 2015, I have been privileged to guide ASAM's financial governance with the fiduciary responsibility to ASAM and our membership. We have grown our membership and budget and have updated our investment policies to protect our growing reserves. As treasurer, I've facilitated governance's directive to apply our growing budget to advance ASAM's advocacy, education, and advancement as a field. I'm proud to have served in the critical role of treasurer during this unprecedented period of growth for ASAM.
  2. ASAM's ED/CEO - I served on the ED/CEO Search committee that selected ASAM's current Executive Director, Penny Mills. Penny has done a tremendous job of transforming ASAM; I was fortunate to have seen that potential in 2010 during Penny's selection. To date, participating in Penny's selection and onboarding will likely be my most enduring contribution to ASAM.
  3. Addiction Medicine as a core medical specialty– As the Medical Director of Substance Use Disorder Care Integration for Los Angeles County, I advance the delivery of addiction medicine treatments in primary care clinics, community mental health centers, the Los Angeles County jail, and the four major hospital centers operated by Los Angeles County. This work is squarely resonant with ASAM's mission to solidify addiction medicine's position as a core medical specialty and magnifies the penetrance of quality addiction services to patients with addiction.

Biographical Sketch

Brian Hurley, MD, MBA, DFASAM is an addiction physician, current treasurer of ASAM, and the Medical Director of Co-Occurring Disorder Services for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. In this role, he provides integrated mental health and addiction services to patients served by Los Angeles County, and maintains clinical activities in the Los Angeles County Jail, which, with over 17,000 inmates, is the largest mental health institution in the United States.

He is the Clinical Director for the second iteration of the Treating Addiction in the Primary Care Safety Net Program funded by the California Health Care Foundation and is a primary investigator on a Tobacco Related Disease Prevention Program-funded project integrating smoking cessation services into community mental health centers and patient-centered medical homes. His professional focus has been to bring addiction medical services to primary care, community mental health, and hospital settings operated by the largest county in the country.

He is board certified by ABAM in addiction medicine and by ABPN in psychiatry and addiction psychiatry. He joined ASAM in 2002 as a first year medical student and has served on the ASAM Board of Directors in various capacities since 2003. He served as the co-chair of ASAM's Membership Committee from 2008-2015 and spent two years as a member of ASAM’s finance committee before becoming chair of this committee in 2015 in his current role as treasurer.

Prior to 2008, Brian served as chair of ASAM’s Physicians-in-Training Committee Chair and is formerly ASAM’s alternate delegate to the American Medical Association. Brian additionally served on the EVP/CEO search committee in 2010 that led to Penny Mill’s selection as ASAM’s current EVP/CEO. He has additionally served in various roles for the Massachusetts Society of Addiction Medicine, New York Society of Addiction Medicine, and California Society of Addiction Medicine. Brian completed the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and was previously a UCLA - Veterans Administration National Quality Scholar at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. He completed a clinical fellowship program in addiction psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine and residency training at the Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital (MGH-McLean), where he was Chief Resident in Addiction Psychiatry.

Brian is a former National President and Director of Student Programming for the American Medical Student Association; roles through which Brian has been an invited speaker at medical schools throughout the world addressing topics ranging from global health equity, healthcare reform, pharmaceutical advertising and ethics, lesbian gay bisexual and transgender equality, and medical student wellness. He additionally serves on the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology’s Addiction Psychiatry examination writing committee. Brian previously served as the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association's delegate to the American Medical Association's (AMA's) House of Delegates, and served on the Board of Trustees of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) during a period of significant organizational transition including the release of DSM-5 and the selection of new APA Medical Director / CEO Saul Levin, M.D. Brian dedicates his career demonstrating the transformative impact addiction medicine has when integrated throughout healthcare.