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Candidate for Secretary

Biography and Statement

Jeffrey A. Selzer, MD, DFASAM

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

I am serving my second term as Region I Director and would be grateful to end my time on ASAM’s Board as its secretary. As a consequence of my experience as the medical director of a large physician health program and medical director of a large network of addiction treatment programs before that, I have firsthand knowledge both as an administrator and a practitioner of the challenges facing physicians in a wide variety of settings and of effective strategies to meet those challenges.

I plan to work to focus ASAM resources on practice and public policy opportunities for improvement so that our patients have better outcomes and we have better professional lives. I have been interested in how professional medical societies organize themselves since the beginning of my career and hope to improve ASAM’s already good governance as an officer. I worry that our excitement over the establishment of the American Board of Addiction Medicine may have caused us to lose sight of our responsibility to educate and preserve career paths for physicians who enter our field without the benefit of fellowship training. I pledge to preserve ASAM as a force to recruit, train, and support any interested and promising physician to practice addiction medicine at any point in the physician’s career.

Our educational programs are superb and this is evident not only in participant feedback but also by our recent award of ACCME Accreditation with Commendation, the highest level awarded by ACCME. If elected as secretary, I would not only work to preserve our educational programs, but also work to strengthen ASAM’s support for state level public policy and encourage us to review and revise ASAM’s policies so that we comply with the highest ethical standards for professional medical organizations.

Finally, I think it is important that we bring newer members into leadership positions. If my election as secretary would extend my time as an ASAM Board member, I would not be asking for your vote. I promise to leave the Board for good after my term as a Regional Director or secretary is completed in 2021.

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

My greatest contribution to ASAM has been my enthusiasm for addiction medicine as a gratifying career path and my promotion of ASAM as the professional medical society most committed and best equipped to advocate for the needs of individuals suffering from addictions and those physicians who care for them.

I have been an active member of a number of national ASAM committees: Public Policy (Chair); Ethics; By-laws; Fellowship; and Physician Health. . I have been a reviewer for the Journal of Addiction Medicine, am an Editorial Board member of the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, have contributed a chapter to the Essentials of Addiction Medicine, and have been a presenter at the ASAM Review Course. I have served on the Board of my state ASAM chapter (NYSAM) for over 20 years in a variety of roles and have consistently acted to increase the involvement of all our members and to broaden the composition of our leadership.

I have had the privilege of participating in the growth in our educational programs and in the influence of our public policy advocacy. As a member of the Medical Advisory Panel of the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), I have been able to share NYSAM’s perspective on the importance of a regulatory approach which insists on meaningful involvement of addiction medicine physicians, incorporates advances in the science of addiction medicine, and encourages innovative treatment approaches. For example, I’m a member statewide taskforce working with OASAS to provide treatment for patients with opioid use disorders through telemedicine in underserved areas of New York. As the site principal investigator in a number of national and regional clinical trials, I have participated in the design and implementation of studies which have significance for day to day clinical practice.

Finally, as a mentor to medical students, residents, and peers, I have been able to interest others in pursuing professional roles in addiction medicine. Consistent with this interest in mentoring, I brought four medical students with me to participate in ASAM’s Hill Day in Washington, DC.

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Selzer is the Medical Director of Committee for Physician Health (CPH), New York’s physician health program. He is also the Director of the Northwell Health System’s Physicians’ Resource Network, a confidential counseling program for the health system’s practicing physicians, physician trainees, and medical students. Prior to assuming these positions, he was Medical Director of the Zucker Hillside Hospital and Director of Addiction Treatment Services for the North Shore-LIJ Health System.

Dr. Selzer is a Board Member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, an Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, and an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Hofstra-Northwell and Albert Einstein Schools of Medicine.

Dr. Selzer graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School and completed a psychiatric residency at the University of California, Los Angeles after completing a pediatric internship at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. Dr. Selzer is board certified in addiction medicine and psychiatry and is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and of the American Psychiatric Association.

Jeffrey Selzer, MD, DFASAM