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After Four Years, Dr. Richard Soper Steps Down as Editor-in-Chief of ASAM Weekly

by ASAM Staff | December 19, 2014

ASAM regrets to announce that after over four years of exemplary leadership Richard G. Soper, MD, JD, MS, FASAM, FACP, ABAM Diplomate, will be stepping down from the position of Editor-in-Chief of ASAM Weekly to focus on issues affecting his home state of Tennessee.

Dr. Soper led the creation of ASAM Weekly in 2011 as a comprehensive addiction and society newsletter that would be delivered electronically every Tuesday to ASAM members, working closely with ASAM’s Publications Council and Staff. 

“Dr. Soper was key to the development of ASAM Weekly. He had a great eye for the newsletter concept, helping lead the development of the entire product, touching everything from advertising arrangements to the creation of content categories that would ultimately organize the delivery of news to subscribers,” said Dr. Lori Karan, Publications Council Chair.

In his tenure, ASAM Weekly grew from 3,000 readers to over 16,000 subscribers. Since its launch, the newsletter has consistently delivered content every Tuesday that achieves and maintains high readership and engagement. 

“This high-quality content makes ASAM Weekly something members seek every week is the result of Dr. Soper’s often daily scrutiny of breaking addiction news and research,” said ASAM President, Dr. Stuart Gitlow. 

ASAM members have continually praised the ASAM Weekly newsletter as a key benefit of ASAM membership and as a tool that allows ASAM to increase the reach of its messages and convey its voice to the medical field at large.  

“It has been an honor serving as Editor-in-Chief these past years,” said Dr. Soper. “I’m very excited to see ASAM Weekly’s continued development and future growth.” 

Dr. Soper’s last edited issue will be a “top ten” recap of the most read issues from 2014 that will be released on January 7. In the interim, the ASAM Publications Council will offer content oversight and guidance. An official search for Editor-in-Chief will begin in the New Year. ASAM is grateful and indebted to Dr. Soper for his dedication and consistent work on ASAM Weekly. 

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  1. Arturo Taca, Jr., MD Jan 09, 2015 - 03:07 PM

    Rich, 

    Your leadership through developing and expanding ASAM Weekly will certainly have long lasting effects as the field of Addiction Medicine matures as an important independent medical specialty.

    All the Best to You!!

    Arturo 

  2. Darrell Arnett, MD Jan 07, 2015 - 02:48 PM

    Richard,

    I owe the beginning of my career in addiction medicine to the great mentoring and support I received from you. You have truly carried the torch of unceasingly striving to improve the care of those who suffer. The articles have expanded my understanding of the cutting edge in addiction medicine. Thanks for the guidance. 

    Darrell Arnett,MD

  3. alex zotos, m.d. Jan 07, 2015 - 10:40 AM

    Dr. Soper,

    I am truly grateful for all your hard work and commitment to the field of addiction medicine.  Although you will truly be missed in this role, we look forward to your dedication and advocacy for addiction medicine in our great state of Tennessee.  Look forward to working with you in the near future.

    Dr. Zotos, TnSAM

  4. Ken Freedman Jan 07, 2015 - 10:29 AM

    Thank you Rich for your stellar leadership.  The Newsletter has always been a welcome addition to my email inbox, serving as my "CNN" for the world of addictions.  Wishing you only the best in your future endeavors.

    Ken

  5. Mark l. Kraus,MD,FASAM DABAM Jan 06, 2015 - 04:57 PM

    RICH,

    IT IS SAD TO SEE YOU LEAVE THE WKLY WHICH HAS BECOME SUCH A BIG  IMPORTANT  PART OF ASAM!

    YOU WILL BE MISSED.

    I SALUTE YOU AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR HARD WORK AND ALL   THAT YOU HAVE DONE.

    MY BEST WISHES,
    MARK KRAUS

     A FRIEND

    ASAM BOARD MEMBER

    ASAM VP ELECT

  6. Anna Lembke Jan 06, 2015 - 11:47 AM

    Dear Dr. Soper, I don't know you personally, but I sure am sorry to see you go. ASAM Weekly was awesome! My go-to resource for the latest information and breaking news on addiction. Cudos to you for creating such a great product.

     

  7. Jack Verdon MD FASAM DLFAPA Jan 06, 2015 - 09:35 AM

    A tireless dedicated advocate for increasing our

    State of the Art knowledge of Addiction Medicine Literature 

    Rich Soper MD will be impossible to surpass. He has 

    set the bar extremely high !

     

     

  8. Carolyn Lanham Jan 06, 2015 - 09:24 AM

    Thank you Dr. Soper for making this newsletter such a valuable resource.  I appreciate the time and effort you dedicate to ASAM and thank you again for all your service.

     

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