2013 Medical-Scientific Conference


Hilton Chicago | 720 South Michigan Ave | Chicago, IL

New Treatments in Addiction Medicine

The multi-faceted nature of addiction--its genesis, impact and treatment--demands knowledge and expertise in a variety of disciplines and approaches. One single treatment program can never address every kind of addiction or every person suffering from substance use disorders. Continuous assessment, monitoring and modification of treatment are necessary as the patient journeys from active addiction to life-long recovery. New developments in pharmacology, neuroscience, psychiatry, counseling and other avenues of treatment provide those who diagnose and treat addiction with a promising array of tools to apply to each complex situation. This year, ASAM’s 44th Annual Medical-Scientific Conference has assembled a broad range of timely topics and powerful presenters to explore, “New Treatments in Addiction Medicine.”

ASAM welcomes everyone to learn about the latest developments in the field, to develop strong professional networks and to discover the newest treatments and techniques. Through engaging plenary sessions, insightful symposia, highly interactive workshops, paper and poster sessions, a celebratory awards program as well as an exhibit hall that is second-to-none, you will return from Med-Sci informed, inspired and empowered to address the needs of your patients and clients. 

Join Us in Chicago

ASAM is thrilled to bring Med-Sci 2013 to Chicago—a world center of higher education, research and medical practice. Two of the country's premier academic medical centers reside in Chicago, including Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the University of Chicago Medical Center. Well over one hundred of SAMHSA's Substance Abuse Treatment Services are located within the metropolitan area. Chicago is also the home of The American Medical Association, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, American College of Healthcare Executives and the American Hospital Association. This vibrant hub of learning and medical education and practice is the perfect location to explore the latest advances in addiction medicine. 

In addition to its academic and professional standing, you’ll  find endless entertainment venues, shopping and dining within steps of our host hotel, the Hilton Chicago, located on South Michigan Avenue, with sweeping views of Grant Park and Lake Michigan.

Hilton Chicago has been the Windy City's foremost address since 1927, yet it’s state-of-the-art meeting facilities are ideal for the dynamic cutting-edge presentations you’ll find at this year’s Med-Sci conference.

Explore the latest developments. Engage leading experts and colleagues. Discover the latest treatments. Enjoy the city’s environs. Empower and energize yourself. Join us in Chicago for ASAM’s 44th Annual Medical-Scientific Conference, April 25-28, 2013.

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Who Should Attend

  • An ASAM member, nonmember physician, nurse, psychologist, counselor, student or other health care professional dedicated to increasing access and improving the quality of addiction treatment and care.
  • A physician currently practicing in the field of addiction medicine and wanting to learn the latest scientific information available in addiction medicine.
  • A practicing physician in primary care or another specialty field seeking to learn more about addiction medicine.
  • An early-career physician, investigator, researcher or health care professional with a specialty in addiction medicine.
  • A professional from a military background and/or diverse organization or population interested in learning more about addiction medicine.

Cooperating Organizations

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

 Goals & Objectives

The over-arching goal of ASAM’s 44th Annual Medical-Scientific Conference is to present the most up-to-date information, research, guidance and policy discussion for professionals in the addiction medicine field. To achieve this goal the following specific objectives have been identified:

  • Present the best new scientific research, best practices, treatments, tools and modalities in all areas of addiction medicine.
  • Bring science into practice by focusing on the latest developments in research and treatment and translating them into clinically useful knowledge.
  • Present concise, interactive, case-based and/or creative teaching methods through a mix of symposia, courses, workshops, didactic lectures, and paper and poster presentations based on accepted abstracts.
  • Encourage involvement of early-career professionals, military and diverse populations in the field of addiction medicine.
  • Provide participants the opportunity to network and interact with experts in their field.

At the conclusion of the conference, participants should be able to:

  • Understand the current and new clinical approaches to treatment in various settings.
  • Explore the issues to be addressed in treating individuals in diverse and special populations or with special physical, health and mental illnesses.
  • Discuss the development of new science and treatments in addiction medicine.

What’s New in 2013 at Med-Sci

  •  Choose from the largest selection of sessions assembled to date.
  • Engage nationally known experts in addiction medicine during highly interactive workshop sessions.
  • Explore more creative and interactive sessions on new science, issues and topics with an expert faculty.
  • Experience special outreach to early-career professionals, military and diverse populations.
  • Access all Med-Sci sessions through the ASAM e-Live Learning Center available to all registrants.
  • Enjoy a welcome reception for new members and other special events.
  • Connect with colleagues at additional networking opportunities including a new complimentary networking luncheon and two evening networking receptions in the Exhibit Hall.
  • Visit, learn and interact with over one hundred exhibitors and poster presenters, who will demonstrate the latest products and services to meet your needs.
  • Discover the legendary Chicago downtown and Magnificent Mile.

Program Highlights

With hundreds of informative and dynamic sessions to attend, be sure to schedule time for these powerful sessions and events at Med-Sci 2013:  

Thursday, April 25, 2013

 Two time-honored preconference courses provide an in-depth learning experience on today’s hottest topics.

2013 Ruth Fox Course for Physicians:

Trauma & Addiction

8:00 am – 5:30 pm

The Ruth Fox Course for Physicians, dedicated to the Founding President of ASAM, provides practicing physicians with the current trends in the field of addiction medicine. This year’s emphasis on trauma and addiction will feature presentations on:

  • Triad of PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and Substance Use Disorders
  • Sexual Trauma
  • Adolescent Trauma
  • Top 10 Articles on Addiction and Trauma
  • The Evidence for a Trauma History among People with Addiction
  • Neuropsychiatric Imaging in Addiction, TBI & Other Behavioral Disorders
  • Trauma in the Military and Substance Use Disorders

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Pain & Addiction Course:  Common Threads XIV

"When Opiates Fail"

8:00 am – 5:30 pm

In its fourteenth year, the Pain & Addiction Course:  Common Threads utilizes multiple perspectives to investigate a particular aspect of addiction as it relates to pain management. This year’s course will explore, “when opiates fail.” The course will be organized into two sections:

Part I: will present Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) education as it relates to ER/LA Opioid Analgesics.

Part II: will cover a variety of responses to “when opiates fail.” Topics include:

  • Corticostriatal Function
  • What to Do When Opiates Fail, Interventional Techniques for Pain and Addiction
  • Tobacco and Pain
  • Tobacco and Addiction
  • Psychological Evaluation and Management of Chronic Pain/Addiction Patients

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Welcome Reception & Exhibit Hall Opening
6:00 – 8:00 pm

Reconnect with friends, meet new colleagues and explore over one hundred exhibits and posters in our largest exhibit hall to date.

Friday, April 26, 2013 

ASAM Business Meeting & Breakfast
7:00 – 8:30 am

Members of ASAM will begin the first full conference day with breakfast and attending to the business of the Society. Be sure to join ASAM’s leadership to learn about the organization’s plans for the future, to set policy and celebrate the year’s accomplishments. 

Opening Scientific Plenary & R. Brinkley Smithers Distinguished Scientist Award and Lecture
8:30 am – 10:00 am
Joseph Westermeyer, MD, MPH, PhD

ASAM will honor Joseph Westermeyer, MD, PhD, MPH--this year’s recipient of the R. Brinkley Smithers Distinguished Scientist Award. Dr. Westermeyer is being recognized for his continuing support of ASAM and his crucial role in guiding alcohol research in America. Following presentation of the Award, Dr. Westermeyer will deliver his lecture, “Symmetry and Asymmetry in Addiction Medicine: The Balance Between You, Your Patient, and Your Setting,” in which he will argue that symmetry in clinician-patient and clinician-funder interactions supports patients’ recoveries, while keeping the physician safe and sane. 

As Professor of Psychiatry and Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Dr. Westermeyer is also a staff psychiatrist and Medical Director of the Addictive Disorders Service at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center. 

In addition to his clinical practice at the Minneapolis VA Hospital, Dr. Westermeyer maintains an active research program, focusing on cross-cultural mental health issues. He has published over 100 articles, and he currently is on the editorial boards of several journals.   (Click here for details.)

Networking Reception Grab-and-Go Lunch in the Exhibit Hall

4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

This year we have added two new opportunities to network with colleagues and friends throughout a full day of conference sessions. A complimentary buffet lunch and light appetizers and snacks will be served in the Exhibit Hall for an enjoyable day of networking. 

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Policy Plenary Session
8:00 am – 9:30 am
“US Drug Crisis—The Addiction Treatment Gap.”

 H. Westley Clark, MD, JD, MPH, CAS, FASAM
Panelists: Scott Teitelbaum, MD, FAAP, FASAM; Mark Kraus, MD,FASAM; Kelly Clark, MD, MBA, DFAPA, FASAM; Stuart Gitlow, MD, MPH, MBA, FAPA; Michael Miller, MD, FASAM; Robert DuPont, MD, FASAM

H. Westley Clark, MD  JD, MPH, CAS, FASAM will explore the Administration’s efforts to address the addiction treatment gap in this country and the ways that physicians can work with federal partners like the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to expand access to treatment. Dr. Clark and a panel of policy experts will also discuss the agency’s efforts to expand access to treatment and the addiction treatment workforce, particularly in light of the expansion of benefits under the Affordable Care Act. 

As Director of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, he leads the agency’s national effort to provide effective and accessible treatment to all Americans with addictive disorders. Dr. Clark is a noted author and educator in substance abuse treatment, anger and pain management, psychopharmacology, and medical and legal issues. 

ASAM’s Annual Public Policy Plenary explores federal and state public policies that affect the research, education, prevention and treatment efforts of addiction medicine practitioners. Attendees will gain a more intimate understanding of the practical implications of these policies on their work and on the lives of their colleagues, patients, and students. (Click here for details.)

2013 ASAM Awards Luncheon
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Price: $65/Per Person

Celebrate the accomplishments of rising stars and distinguished leaders in the field of addiction medicine at the Annual ASAM Awards Luncheon. This plated luncheon is an opportunity to network with colleagues, draw inspiration from outstanding accomplishments and welcome new Diplomates, who have successfully passed the ABAM Examination of Certification in Addiction Medicine.

Nora Volkow, MD, recipient of the John P. McGovern Award, will address the gathering with the Lecture on Addiction and Society. Additional recognitions include: ASAM's Annual Awards, the 2013 Young Investigator Award, the ASAM Medical-Scientific Program Committee Award, and the Public Policy Award.
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The ASAM Awards Luncheon is a ticketed event. Tickets for the luncheon are available for $65 per person. Please use the Registration Form to sign up for this event.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Symposium Sunday
8:00 am -12:15 pm

The conference on Sunday will wrap up with paper sessions, workshops, and symposia on “The Addiction Medicine/Primary Care Interface:  Models of Integrated Care” and “International Perspectives on Addiction Medicine.”  There is also a component session on ABAM Certification and Preparation for the Cognitive Examination.  Anyone wishing to sit for the ABAM Certification Exam in Addiction Medicine in 2014 will want to attend this course.


ASAM Exhibit Hall is a vibrant hub for networking and exploring new and exciting products, services and information. In addition to the hundred exhibit booths, the Hall features the largest collection of posters to date, as well as the ASAM Booth—your source for ASAM information, merchandise and complimentary hospitality.

Hours & Events in the Exhibit Hall

Thursday, April 25th
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

     Welcome Reception

Friday, April 26th
10:00 am – 6:00 pm

     Refreshment Break
     Poster Session & Free Grab ‘n’ Go Lunch
     Networking Reception

Saturday, April 27th
9:30 am – 12 Noon

     Refreshment Break

2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

     Refreshment Break 

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