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Opening Scientific Plenary & Distinguished Scientist Lecture

Friday, April 7th  | 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM CDT

The ASAM 48th Annual Conference begins with the energizing Opening Scientific Plenary. Led by ASAM President, R. Jeffrey Goldsmith, MD, DLFAPA, DFASAM, the opening session will focus on the dawn of a new day in addiction medicine with an exciting lineup of ASAM award winners and luminaries in the field.



Joseph Green 
Topic: A Beacon of Hope: There Are No Lost Causes 

Patrice Harris, MD, MA 
Topic: Sparking Change: The Providers' Role in Combatting the Opioid Crisis 

Barbara Mason, PhD 
Topic: Shedding New Light on an Old Problem: Novel Treatments for Alcohol Use Disorder 

Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy, MD, MBA 
Topic: Facing Addiction: Shining a Spotlight on America's Most Pressing Public Health Issue 

National Perspectives Plenary

Friday, April 7th | 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM CDT


The National Perspectives Plenary Session is new this year and was created to provide the opportunity for leaders of federal agencies to address emerging issues and advances in addiction medicine with short, pointed presentations. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions of agency leaders during the last half of the session. Moderated by ASAM President, R. Jeffrey Goldsmith, MD, DLFAPA, DFASAM and Annual Conference Program Planning Committee Chair, Michael Fingerhood MD, FACP, this lively session will give attendees the opportunity to interact with representatives from SAMHSA, NIAAA, and NIDA.



Kana Enomoto

Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

George Koob, PhD


National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) 

Wilson Compton, MD, MPE

Deputy Director

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Jeffrey Goldsmith, MD

Professor of Psychiatry, Cincinnatti OH

Michael Fingerhood, MD

Associate Professor

Johns Hopkins University

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