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Melissa Weimer, DO, MCR, FASAM

Candidate for Secretary

Biography and Statement

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

As an ASAM member who currently serves on both the board of the NY Society of Addiction Medicine and the national board of ASAM, I have served as a role model for other members who are excited about addiction medicine and have passion to serve people who struggle with addiction. With the help of other ASAM members, I have worked to expand the scope of addiction medicine practice by establishing treatment models in hospital settings and engaging hospitals in cultural transformation around seeing addiction as a medical illness. I have dedicated energy to engaging members in the field to help grow our workforce in traditional ways like mentorship and non-traditional ways through social media platforms. As an ASAM member involved in academics and medical education, I have utilized my voice to advocate for our addiction medicine fellowships on Capitol Hill as well as through direct provision of education to fellows, residents and medical students in my daily work. Finally, I recently had the opportunity to participate in a work group to revise ASAM’s definition of addiction to be more accessible to other professionals and the people we serve.

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

My election would bring a fresh voice and energy to help promote addiction medicine as a vital specialty within health care. I will advocate for an expansion of our addiction medicine workforce in a way that promotes gender equity, diversity, and inclusion so that our specialty is best equipped to treat the people in the communities who are most effected by substance use disorders. I will work with the ASAM national board to offer a unique perspective from my experience as an academic, medical educator, and leader of new models of treatment within general medical settings. As an internist with a strong background in primary care as well as work experience in both academic and community-based treatment settings, I will offer a broad experience base to represent the diverse community of ASAM members. Finally, as ASAM’s secretary, I would be diligent and organized to help the ASAM Board and the Executive Council work to achieve our strategic goals.

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Weimer is board certified in Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine and is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine. At Yale, she also serves as the Medical Director of the Yale Addiction Medicine Consult Service and the Associate Program Director of the Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program. Dr. Weimer has a clinical and research focus on expanding access to treatment for patients with substance use disorders, particularly in the hospital setting. Dr. Weimer worked with colleagues to create one of the nation's first hospital-based models to initiate addiction treatment for hospitalized patients with complications of their substance use at Oregon Health & Science University. Dr. Weimer has worked tirelessly on state and national level to improve access to evidence-based treatments for patients with substance use disorder. She is the Communications Chair for the New York Society of Addiction Medicine (NYSAM) and helped create a new website and communications platform for NYSAM. She currently serves on the national board of directors of ASAM as Region 1 Director.

Dr. Weimer is also an experienced educator and speaker and has designed curriculum for various audiences including the PCSS, a SAMHSA-funded educational initiative for medical providers. She expertly speaks on evidence-based treatments for substance use disorder and the safe and effective use of prescribe opioids to manage complex pain in the outpatient and inpatient setting. Originally from Virginia and educated in Oregon, she now enjoys living on the beautiful Connecticut shoreline with her husband, an accomplished ceramic artist, and her two energetic children.