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Biography - Aleksandra Zgierska, MD, PhD, DFASAM

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Dr. Aleksandra Zgierska 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 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 K-23 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), teaching students, residents, fellows in the UW addiction medicine, pain medicine and T32 research fellowships, and peers. She lives in Hershey, Pennsylvania with her husband David and their two children, two dogs, a fish 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. 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. She has been involved in ASAM and its Wisconsin Chapter, WISAM, since 2006. She has served on the WISAM Board of Directors for 8 years, including 2 years as President. She has served as Vice-Chair for the ASAM’s Chapters’ Council and an ex officio member of the ASAM Board of Directors since 2017, and as a member of the ASAM’s Public Policy Committee, Science Initiative Workgroup, Women and Addictions, and the Annual Conference Program Planning Committee. Dr. Zgierska’s values are consistent with those of ASAM, and her experience, commitment and passion can serve to further the ASAM’s mission and vision.

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