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Biography - Adam J. Gordon, MD, MPH, FACP, DFASAM

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I grew up in Springfield, Missouri. In 1995, I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree (BA) in Biological Sciences from Northwestern University. In 1995, I graduated with a Medical Degree (MD) from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

In 1998, I completed an internal medicine residency in internal medicine and in 2000, completed a Fellowship in General Internal Medicine from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System and completed a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health. I am a board-certified internal medicine (American Board of Internal Medicine) and addiction medicine physician (American Board of Preventive Medicine). I am Certified Medical Review Officer (CMRO) first through the American Association of Medical Review Officers (AAMRO) and then the Medical Review Officer Certification Council (MROCC).

I was honored as a Fellow in the American College of Physicians (FACP) and a Distinguished Fellow from ASAM (DFASAM). From 1998 to 2017, I rose to the academic rank of Professor of Medicine and Clinical Translational Sciences and served as an Advisory Dean at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Core Faculty at the VA’s Center of Innovation (CoIN), Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System.

In 2017, I assumed the Elbert F. and Marie Christensen Endowed Research Professorship and was awarded rank of Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry (with tenure) at the University of Utah School of Medicine. In addition, I was appointed Chief of Addiction Medicine and Core Faculty at another VA CoIN, the Informatics, Decision-Enhancement and Analytic Sciences (IDEAS2), at the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System.

I have made major contributions to addiction science, education, and clinical care. I have a 20-year record of accomplishment of conducting research on the quality, equity, and efficiency of health care for vulnerable populations and have been fully funded as a health services, implementation scientist throughout my career. A major theme of my research included examining the efficacy, effectiveness, and implementation of evidence-based identification, assessment, and treatments for patients with addiction disorders.

I have received primary and secondary efforts on grants from the NIH, AHRQ, PCORI, VA, SAMHSA and many Foundations. I have published over 185 peer-reviewed articles and presented, authored, or edited hundreds of other non-peer reviewed and peer reviewed papers in prominent journals, books, book chapters, and presentations at national and international scientific conferences. As an example, I have been a Section Editor for ASAM’s Principles of Addiction Medicine the last three editions.

Nationally in the VA, I am the Director of the Buprenorphine in the VA (BIV) Initiative and the Medication Addiction Treatment in the VA (MAT-VA), national consult services to increase the implementation of buprenorphine and other opioid use disorder treatments through the conduct of monthly national webinars, monthly newsletters, and fielding inquiries across the nation.

I also am the Director of the National Coordinating Center for the VA Office of Academic Affiliations Advanced Interdisciplinary Fellowship in Addiction Research and Treatment. In this capacity, I have been responsible for coordinating professional and educational activities for over 20 Fellows annually. I am the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Substance Abuse, a leading journal in addiction scholarship. I have Directed and been a clinician for countless clinical programs involving providing clinical care to patients with addiction and who are homeless. I have also led my peers, serving as President (and many other officers) of the Allegheny County Medical Society (one of the youngest in the 100+ year history of the organization), Trustee of the Pennsylvania Medical Society (PaMedSoc), delegate to the PaMedSoc and the AMA annual meetings, and numerous other leadership positions in these and other professional organizations.

I have received a plethora of national and local recognition and honors for my research, mentoring abilities, and clinical contributions all in the area of addiction related work. I continue to see patients in dedicated, continuity-of-care primary care/addiction clinics weekly as well as consultant on patients with pain and addiction.