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Biography and Statement


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

As an Osteopathic physician I would help to bridge the Allopathic and Osteopathic addiction Medicine physicians. With the current Opioid crisis and the increased awareness on Substance Use disorders it is important that we all work together to educate new physicians as well as support current physicians on the best practices available to our patients.

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

I have been a member ASAM since completing my fellowship in 1989. I have spoken at many ASAM conferences on several different topics and attended several conferences. I have been a mentor to new addiction medicine physicians and most recently was on the ASAM task force on developing a policy on drug testing. I am involved on a local level in Chicago and have a great passion for teaching medical students and residents the importance of addiction medicine.

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Marla Kushner graduated from the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her Family Medicine residency at Botsford General Hospital in Farmington Hills, Michigan and completed an Adolescent/ Young Adult Medicine Fellowship at Chicago Osteopathic Hospital and Rush-Pres St. Lukes Hospital in Chicago. After her fellowship Dr. Kushner began working with adolescent substance abuse facilities in Chicago and received certification in Addiction Medicine from the American Society of Addiction Medicine and is a distinguished fellow of ASAM. She is a Diplomate in the American Board of Addiction Medicine.

Dr. Kushner received her fellowship in the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians in March 2013 and is currently the medical director for New Hope Recovery Center in Chicago and two high school-based health centers in Chicago. She is on the board of directors for the American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine.

Dr. Kushner has a family medicine practice in Chicago with a focus on adolescent and addiction medicine.