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Biography - Aleksandra Zgierska, MD, PhD, DFASAM

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Aleksandra Zgierska, MD, PhD, DFASAM has focused her career on advancing practice, research, education and advocacy in addiction medicine. She is a tenured Professor of Family and Community Medicine, Public Health Sciences and Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at Penn State College of Medicine, and Vice Chair of Research at the Penn State Department of Family and Community Medicine. She lives in Hershey, Pennsylvania, with her husband David and their two children, two dogs, and numerous plants.

Dr. Zgierska is board-certified in family medicine and addiction medicine (American Board of Preventive Medicine), and provides both primary and addiction care. She earned MD and PhD degrees in Warsaw, Poland before moving to Madison, WI in 1999, where she completed a family medicine residency at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW). She then embarked on a NIH-funded research fellowship and a NIAAA-funded K23 career development award at the UW Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. She served as the UW faculty member for a decade (2009-2019), prior to moving to Penn State, where she continues to teach students, residents, fellows, and peers. Her educational efforts and federally-funded research focus on the prevention and treatment of addiction, especially when it involves opioids, and on improving outcomes in chronic pain. She has served on numerous local, state and national task forces, committees and workgroups, participating in the development of professional guidelines and policies, and advocating for aligning legislative efforts with evidence-based approach to addiction care.

Dr. Zgierska is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, and has been involved in ASAM since 2006. She had served on the Wisconsin Society of Addiction Medicine (WISAM) Board of Directors for 8 years, including 2 years as President. She had also served as Vice-Chair for the ASAM’s Chapters’ Council for over 4 years, and is an active member of the ASAM Public Policy Committee and the current Secretary of ASAM Board of Directors. She is committed to, and passionate about, advancing the field of addiction medicine, and the ASAM’s mission and vision.

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