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Margaret A.E. Jarvis, MD, DFASAM


Biography and Statement

Margaret A.E. Jarvis, MD, DFASAM

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

Should I be elected to the ASAM Board of Directors again, the society stands to benefit in several ways: I have served on the board, and as an officer, for a number of years. I know the history of our recent decisions and I represent consistency with those processes.

I have supported the organization taking on new roles and responsibilities, so my history does not make me rigid. I have good relationships with other board members and I can bridge between conflicting viewpoints. I have been on many committees and councils for ASAM so I have knowledge of the working of many aspects of the organization. This makes my work more efficient.

I work for the Geisinger Health System, and have been the conduit for ASAM to work with Geisinger in several projects. This has been fruitful on both sides, and I will continue to encourage this relationship.

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

My contributions to addiction medicine have been educational, clinical and administrative. I have been able to practice in this specialty the entirety of my career and have had the honor of working for ASAM throughout that time. There are a number of accomplishments that I’m particularly proud of: I have served on the Board of Directors of ASAM for a total of 8 years now, and 6 of those years I have been an officer. We have changed enormously in that time and we have risen to meet the challenges posed by the opiate epidemic and the changes in board status. Everyone involved has worked (and are still working) very hard. This has been a crisis/opportunity of rare magnitude. As exhausted as everyone is, we will look back on this with great pride. I am particularly grateful to be part of these transformations.

I have worked on the examination committee since the early 2000’s, writing questions and helping with standard setting and other analytic duties. It has been a remarkable to watch this go from an exam offered by the medical society to being offered by an independent board, and now being offered by part of the American Board of Medical Specialties. It was extraordinary foresight that had ASAM begin this relationship with the National Board of Medical Specialties, which maintains the questions and does the analytics. This relationship has meant that those of us who work on the exam are asked to do a little more than would be otherwise required, but it has given us an examination that is of great quality. When I began this work, the leadership could not see a path forward to inclusion in the ABMS and it has been breathtaking to see it happen.

I have worked on quality improvement projects with ASAM, and have been chair of the Quality Improvement Council for 5 years now. In that time, I’ve been part of the creation of the Standards of Care for Addiction Specialist Physicians, the Guideline and the Appropriateness Documents as well as helping to manage aspects of the ASAM Criteria.

I have enabled introductions such that the Geisinger Health System may play a part in the continued specification of our Quality Measures. I hope to see them endorsed by the National Quality Forum. These projects define what we do, and how we do it well, which is crucial to our evolution as a recognized specialty and continued incorporation into mainstream medicine.

After spending almost 20 years as the medical director of Marworth, the inpatient rehabilitation facility for Geisinger, I am now the chief of the newly-expanding addiction medicine services. In the course of about 3 years, we have opened/will open 4 MAT clinics, a hospital consultation service, and increase the number of fellows we teach. I am fortunate to be working with terrific people and I’m glad that the system leadership trusts me in this endeavor. I have been able to be a conduit between Geisinger and ASAM, with ASAM providing educational support to Geisinger’s expansion efforts, and the potential for collaboration around research and other projects.

Biographical Sketch

Margaret Jarvis finished her medical school, psychiatry residency and Substance Abuse Medicine Fellowship at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond. She is board certified and recertified in Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry.

She was ASAM certified (now ABPM certified). She has been a member of ASAM since the early 90’s and became a Distinguished Fellow of the Society in 2003. She is currently the Vice President of the Board of Directors. She is the chair of the Quality Improvement Council, she is also a member of the Constitution and Bylaws Committee. She has also worked on Examination Committee for ASAM, ABAM and now ABPM since 2000.

Dr. Jarvis is the Chair of Addiction Medicine in the Neurosciences Institute at Geisinger, and is Medical Director at Marworth, in Waverly, PA, which is the residential addiction treatment center for Geisinger. She has been in this position since 1999. She is also Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Penn State University College of Medicine in Hershey, PA.