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William H. Yarborough, MD, FACP, FASAM

Candidate for Region VII Director

Biography and Statement

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

I just finished a 2 year term as President of the Oklahoma Society of Addiction Medicine. During that time, we managed to get OKSAM into a functional entity for the first time in a while, and managed to have an annual meeting with CME for the first time in almost 20 years.

I have been serving on the Public Policy Committee of ASAM for the past year or so, and am participating in writing committees.

I attended Hill Day this year and visited with congress persons, and staff.

During my term as President, I was active in monitoring and working with the Oklahoma legislature, in conjunction with ASAM, and was instrumental in keeping buprenorphine out of the laws passed in Oklahoma regulating pain medications. I also participated in lobby against harsher penalties for pregnant women using illicit drugs. I also lobbied the state Medicaid system, to decrease or quite requiring PAs for MAT drugs. I met several time with the pharmacy and administrative folks and an acceptable, but not perfect compromise was reached.

Some of my more significant contributions to addiction medicine was introducing some education into the medical school curriculum. while course director of the required Ambulatory Medicine course at OU. I also gave visiting lectures at OSU in the areas of Alcoholism and Physician Impairment issues.

I created a Fellowship in Addiction Medicine at OU Tulsa, in 2010 and trained 5 addiction medicine doctors in a yearlong fellowship. They are all practicing addiction medicine, and I believe they all passed board exams.

I also introduced MAT into the treatment center, I was the Director of, which was quite a task.

I have served on the Prescription Drug Task Force in Oklahoma for about 5 years, and helped write the prescribing guidelines, both in general and for pregnant individuals. I also participated in developing and online course for prescribing opiates, designed for Oklahoma doctors.

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

I have been involved in Addiction Medicine since 1995, and have practiced most if not all facets of the specialty. I have been present and participating in the evolution of Addiction Medicine as a specialty. My experience in education, practice, as well as in advocacy and lobbying would be valuable to ASAM and the field of Addiction Medicine.

Biographical Sketch

I am a Professor Emeritus at the Univ. of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine. I retired in 2016 after 26 years in the Dept. of Medicine. I am currently Director of Addiction Medicine Services at Oklahoma Pain & Wellness in Tulsa, OK. I have been an ASAM member for well over 20 years, and was the Medical Director of a large treatment center in Tulsa for 19 years. I was the Director of an Addiction Medicine Fellowship program at OU, from 2010-2016, I also served as Executive Vice Chair of Department of Medicine fo 5 years, and directed the outpatient clinics for almost 20 years.