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CASAColumbia veteran hired to direct ABAM physician training center

June 17, 2014
by Gary A. Enos, Editor
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Susan E. Foster, a longtime administrator at the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASAColumbia), has been hired as executive director of the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM) Foundation's National Center for Physician Training in Addiction Medicine.

The center, established last year with the help of a $2 million grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, is coordinating the effort to establish fellowships in addiction medicine that are based on national standards for medical education and training. Twenty-three such fellowships have been created to date. The center seeks to contribute to making screenings and interventions for risky substance use and addiction available via all points of entry in the healthcare system.

Foster had worked at CASAColumbia since 1996, serving as vice president and director of policy research and analysis. Early in her career she worked in the federal agency that is now the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), at the time CASAColumbia founder Joseph A. Califano, Jr., directed the Cabinet agency.

“The ABAM Foundation and its Center are playing a leading role in ensuring that the physician workforce is equipped to address the largest preventable and most costly health problem this nation faces,” Foster said in a news release.

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