Patrick G. O'Connor, MD, MPH, FACP, chief of the Section of Internal Medicine at the Yale University School of Medicine, has been elected president of the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM) and the ABAM Foundation for 2014.
The board was established in 2007 to certify addiction medicine specialists from a variety of medical backgrounds, and more than 3,000 physicians have received this certification so far. The ABAM Foundation has accredited 19 fellowship programs for the training of physicians in addiction medicine; much of the foundation's activity is designed to set the stage for eventual certification of physicians in addiction medicine by a member board of the American Board of Medical Specialties.
In a news release from ABAM, O'Connor stated his and colleagues' commitment to addiction services' becoming an integral component of all medical treatment. “We want addiction prevention, screening, intervention and treatment to become routine aspects of medical care wherever health care is provided and to be available for all who need it,” he said.
ABAM also announced that its president-elect for 2014 is Robert J. Sokol, MD, FACOG, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Wayne State University and director of the C.S. Mott Center for Human Growth and Development.