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Teresa Jackson, MD, FASAM

Candidate for Region VIII Director

Biography and Statement

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

I recently participated in the ASAM Leadership Conference and Hill Day in Washington DC. During the Hill Day, I met with staff representatives for both Washington Senators and my member of Congress. This experience has inspired me to volunteer on the national level.

I have been a member of both the Arizona and Washington state chapters. I am currently on the board of directors of the Washington Society Addiction Medicine and actively working on updating our website and social media platform to better engage all generations of providers (millennial, Gen X, and baby boomers).

While working in Arizona, I started a bridge program prescribing buprenorphine to the underserved community to reduce recidivism at the Medicaid medication assisted withdrawal management facility. Locally, in the Seattle area, I provide outreach education to emergency department physicians, hospitalists, and primary care providers to provide hospital-based buprenorphine and referral to addiction medicine treatment.

I am a member of the Evergreen Health Physician Wellness Committee. We provide education, resources, and confidential counseling to physicians with burnout or substance use disorders.

I have mentored medical students and residents interested in addiction medicine.

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

I am an organized leader and enthusiastic volunteer. I would like to extend my work to represent Region VIII. I have lived and worked in both Arizona and Washington. These two states within the region often have opposite political and social views of addiction treatment, which would give me a unique perspective to serve the region keeping in mind the different points of view. I believe and would advocate that education and community outreach are paramount to move addiction medicine into the standard treatment of patients.

I believe increasing access to addiction treatment is imperative. I will collaborate with other leaders of ASAM to find ways to educate the public on the benefits of medication-assisted treatment as the standard of care. I have built a reputation for mentoring new and aspiring addiction medicine doctors. I will continue to mentor nurses and providers in the field of addiction medicine.

Biographical Sketch

I started my addiction medicine career in Tucson, Arizona while participating in a physician health program. In Arizona, I worked with both Medicaid and private patients providing inpatient and outpatient treatment for substance use disorders. In March of 2018, I moved to the beautiful Pacific Northwest to work as the medical director of addiction medicine at Evergreen Health in the Seattle area. I am currently treating patients at all ASAM levels of care, including pregnant patients. My philosophy on treating addiction is to be kind and support patients. Punishment and shame do not heal. I support and practice a harm reduction model and medication assisted treatment. I aspire to work in the field of physician health programs.

In my spare time, I volunteer in my local community and with the Washington Society of Addiction Medicine. I earned both my Doctor of Medicine and Bachelor of Science from the University of Arizona. I enjoy running, triathlons, and alpine skiing. I live in Woodinville, Washington with my husband and our two dogs.