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Biography - Aleksandra Zgierska, MD, PhD, DFASAM


Dr. Aleksandra Zgierska has focused her career on clinical, research education and advocacy in addiction medicine. She is a tenure-track Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) School of Medicine and Public Health, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health.

She earned MD and PhD degrees in Warsaw, Poland before moving to Madison, Wisconsin, where she completed a family medicine residency in 2006. She then embarked on NIH-funded research training through fellowship and career development awards at the UW Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. She joined the UW as a faculty member in 2009, teaching students, residents and fellows in the UW family medicine residency and UW addiction medicine, pain medicine and research fellowships.

Dr. Zgierska is board-certified in family medicine and addiction medicine, and provides addiction medicine and full-spectrum primary care. Her federally-funded research focuses on improving outcomes in alcohol/drug use disorders, especially opioids, and she presents lectures related to opioid therapy and opioid addiction locally, nationally and internationally. She is the president of the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, co-director of the UW Hospital Center for Addictive Disorders, and director and founder of the UW Program for Pain and Opioid Education, Therapies and Studies (POETS).

In 2016, for her clinical, research and advocacy work in addiction medicine, Dr. Zgierska was awarded the title of “Distinguished Fellow” by the American Society of Addiction Medicine. Her values are consistent with those of ASAM and she would bring this level of commitment and passion to further the ASAM’s mission and vision.

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