ASAM: State of the Organization 2020

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ASAM: State of the Organization 2020

Available on-demand, a member-only virtual live ASAM State of the Organization meeting. The meeting, hosted by ASAM President Dr. Paul Earley included timely updates on ASAM activities, the ASAM 2020 elections and an opportunity to meet Julia L. Chang, MS, MBA, ASAM’s new CEO/Executive Vice President. 

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear directly from the President-Elect candidates running for election.

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Session Information

Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Time: 5 pm ET / 4 pm CT/ 2 pm PT

Duration: 60 minutes


  • Paul H. Earley, MD, DFASAM, President, American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)

Paul H. Earley, MD, DFASAM (Moderator)

President, American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)

Dr. Earley has been an Addiction Medicine Physician for 36 years. He treats all types of addictive disorders and specializes in the assessment and treatment of health care professionals. As a therapist, he works with patients already in recovery, providing long term therapy for those who suffer from this disease. His professional expertise extends to advocacy for professionals before agencies and licensing boards.

Dr. Earley is a dynamic speaker and educator; he speaks and trains on topics of addiction, its treatment and addiction among health care professionals. In addition, he trains therapists about the neurobiological basis of psychotherapy. In his travels, he has provided training in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Italy, and Switzerland.
He is the author of three books and numerous articles on addiction and its treatment. He is a contributing author to the ASAM Textbook: Principles of Addiction Medicine, as author of the chapter: Physician Health Programs and Addiction among Physicians. He is a contributing author to the ASAM Criteria. His two most recent books Recovery Mind Training and The Implementation Guide to Recovery Mind Training are published by Central Recovery Press.

His work was featured in the documentary series on addiction entitled Close to Home by Bill Moyers. Dr. Earley is a Distinguished Fellow of ASAM and has been on the board of ASAM for over 20 years in several capacities. He is the current president of ASAM. He has been the Medical Director of two nationally acclaimed addiction programs specializing in the care of health care professionals who suffer from addiction illnesses. Currently, Dr. Earley is the Medical Director of the Georgia Professionals Health Program, Inc., the Physicians Health Program (PHP) for the state of Georgia in the U.S. With Earley Consultancy, LLC, he works with numerous treatment facilities, providing training in cohesive care, treatment effectiveness and staff development.

Dr. Earley is the recipient of the ASAM Annual Award in 2015. ASAM states the award is presented “For outstanding contributions to the growth and vitality of our Society, for thoughtful leadership in the field, and for deep understanding of the art and science of Addiction Medicine” and “For expanding the frontiers of the field of Addiction Medicine and broadening our understanding of the addictive process, through research and innovation.”

Julia L. Chang, MS, MBA

CEO/Executive Vice President, American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)

Julia L. Chang MBA, MS serves as the CEO and Executive Vice President of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) with over 6,500 physician, clinician and professional members. Prior to joining ASAM, Julia was the Executive Vice President of Science & Quality at the American College of Cardiology, overseeing guidelines, clinical registries, hospital accreditation, quality improvement, clinical decision support and patient education. She was also a strategy consultant with IBM specializing in the pharmaceutical industry and a process engineer with 3M specializing in dental materials. Julia is a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and University of California, Los Angeles.

A. Kenison Roy III, MD, DFAPA, FASAM

Program Director, the Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program, Tulane Medical School

A. Kenison Roy, III, MD (Ken), is currently the Program Director of the Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program at Tulane Medical School in the Department of Psychiatry.  Most recently he served as the Chief Medical Officer of Avenues Recovery Residential Treatment Program in the New Orleans area and is proudly the founder and Chief Medical Officer of the former Addiction Recovery Resources, a physician directed multi-level addiction treatment and longitudinal addiction care system in the private sector in Metairie, LA (New Orleans area).  He is founder and previous Medical Director of the Dual Diagnosis Detoxification Unit at River Oaks Hospital in Harahan, LA, and founder of the Division of Addiction Medicine at East Jefferson General Hospital in Metairie, LA. He has had a successful adult addiction and psychiatric practice for over 25 years.

He is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Tulane and LSU Schools of Medicine, a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine.  He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, The American Board of Preventive Medicine in Addiction Medicine and the American Board of Addiction Medicine.  He is a member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, The American College of Psychiatrists, the American Medical Association, the Louisiana State Medical Society and the Louisiana Psychiatric Medical Association (LPMA) and is a Past President of LPMA.  He has long held leadership positions in the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and is currently a member of the Board of Directors representing Region VII.

Dr. Brian Hurley, MD, MBA, DFASAM

Director of Addiction Medicine, Los Angeles County Department of Health Services

Brian Hurley, MD, MBA, DFASAM is an addiction physician and the Director of Addiction Medicine for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. As Director-at-Large, Brian currently serves as a board member of ASAM and gives presentations around the world regarding addiction medicine. He co-chairs the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services’ Substance Use Disorders Workgroup and the SafeMedLA Medications for Addiction Treatment Action Team, and is the Clinical Director of the Treatment Starts Here program through the Center for Clinical Innovation, focused on increasing the delivery of medications for addiction treatment in California’s community health centers. He is a senior researcher at the Friends Research Institute and is a primary investigator on a Tobacco Related Disease Prevention Program-funded project integrating smoking cessation services into community mental health centers and patient-centered medical homes and is the grant lead for three Medications for Addiction Treatment Access Points projects funded by the Sierra Health Foundation supporting access to medications for addiction treatment across Los Angeles County. He is also a co-investigator for several Rand Corporation projects evaluating the integration of substance use disorder treatment within community mental health and Federally Qualified Health Center settings. He also serves on the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology’s Addiction Psychiatry Examination Writing Committee. Brian completed the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and is an alumnus of the Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital Psychiatry Residency Training Program and the New York University Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship. Additionally, he has served in various roles for the Massachusetts Society of Addiction Medicine, New York Society of Addiction Medicine, and California Society of Addiction Medicine.

Dr. Yngvild K. Olsen, MD, MPH, FASAM

Medical Director, Institutes for Behavior Resources Inc.

Yngvild Olsen, MD, MPH, is the Medical Director for the Institutes for Behavior Resources Inc/REACH Health Services, a comprehensive outpatient addiction treatment center in Baltimore City. She also provides part-time medical consultation to the local behavioral health authority for Baltimore City and the Maryland Behavioral Health Administration. After medical training at Harvard Medical School, and internal medicine residency with a year as Primary Care Chief Resident at the Boston Medical Center, she received a Master’s in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health as part of a fellowship in General Internal Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.  She has previously served as the Vice President of Clinical Affairs for the Baltimore Substance Abuse Systems, as the Deputy Health Officer for the Harford County Health Department, and as the Medical Director for the Johns Hopkins Hospital’s outpatient substance use treatment services. Dr. Olsen also serves as Vice President for the American Society of Addiction Medicine and is on the board of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence of Maryland. She is co-author of the book, “The Opioid Epidemic: What Everyone Needs to Know.” 


Medical Director, Aetna

Ken has been a dedicated ASAM member and officer (CT, MA, and nationally) for the past 22 years. His commitment has been demonstrated by most recently serving as National Treasurer & Finance Council Chair (since 2019) and Quality Improvement Council Chair (since 2019).  He has also served on The ASAM Criteria Strategy Steering Committee and the CEO Search Committee.  Previous roles have included: Regional III Director (2013-2018), Finance Committee member (since 2013), Ethics Committee member (since 2015 and Chair 2018-2019), Quality Improvement Council member (since 2016), MA officer (Treasurer and Secretary), and CT officer (President, Vice-President, and Secretary/Treasurer).  

Currently, he works as both a Medical Director for Aetna (a CVS Health Company) and as Physician Consultant for The Recovery Research Network (TRRN).  His previous leadership roles have also included MA Public Health Hospitals’ system quality chief, public health hospital CMO (Lemuel Shattuck Hospital in Boston), director of two outpatient MAT programs, Clinical Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine and Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.  He is board-certified in addiction medicine, internal medicine and gastroenterology, and maintains membership in the AMA, ACP, ACG, and AGA.  Ken’s professional commitment is to help move health care delivery toward the integration of medical care and substance use disorders in respectful and innovative ways.  


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