First Vermont Physicians’ Conference On Addiction Medicine: December 3

For Immediate Release:
Contact: Suzie Wilson
Conference Coordinator
(802-651-1568)

BURLINGTON—The Vermont Department of Health and the Vermont Medical Society will present the first Vermont Physician’s Conference on Addiction Medicine on Tuesday, December 3, 2002 at the Stoweflake Resort in Stowe. This conference open to physicians, licensed nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses and medical students.

“Physicians have an essential role in the treatment of addiction,” said Dr. Jan K. Carney, Vermont health commissioner. “Now, more than ever, we need to make sure that the latest information is available to Vermont physicians so that they are in the best position to help their patients.”

Keynote speaker will be the Honorable Andrea Grubb Barthwell, MD, FASAM. Dr. Barthwell is a deputy director at the Office of National Drug Control Policy and is the principal advisor to Director John P. Walters on strategies, priorities, objectives and goals pertaining to demand reduction policies within the National Drug Control Strategy. Her talk will be on “The Role of Primary Care Physicians in Addiction Medicine.”

Dr. Barthwell is an author and lecturer on effective substance abuse treatment and she focuses on the connection with violence, cultural issues and infectious diseases. Most recently she was the faculty member of the National Judicial College, Reno Nevada where she taught and developed the Drug Court and Mental Health Court courses. In 1997, Dr. Barthwell was selected by her peers as one of the “Best Doctors in America” in Addiction Medicine.

This conference will also feature Bertha Madras, Ph.D. of Harvard Medical School on the neurobiology of addiction; Dr. David Fiellin of Yale Medical School on how addiction impacts youth, pregnant women and parents; and Dr. Gerard Hevern, president of the NH Physicians Organization on addiction pharmacotherapy.

For more information, a copy of the conference schedule, or to register, call 802-651-1568 or 802-652-4141 or email swilson@vdh.state.vt.us. The conference fee is $85 ($45 for medical students), which includes lunch.