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Addiction Symposium:

Developments in Addiction Treatment



Integrating Care for Substance Use Disorders into Mainstream Healthcare: What’s in it for the Rest of Medicine?


A.Thomas McLellan, Ph.D. is the CEO and Founder of the Treatment Research Institute (TRI) in Philadelphia, an independent non-profit dedicated to science-driven transformation of treatment, He is also an experienced substance abuse researcher. From 2009 to 2010, he was Deputy Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), a Congressionally confirmed Presidential appointment to help shape the nation’s public policy approach to illicit drug use. At ONDCP, McLellan worked on a broad range of drug issues, including formulation and implementation of the President’s National Drug Control Strategy and promotion of drug treatment through the broader revamping of the national health care system. Dr. McLellan has more than 35 years of experience in addiction treatment research. In 1992, he co-founded and led TRI, until his ONDCP appointment, to transform the way research is employed in the treatment of and policy making around substance use and abuse. 



Addiction Medicine: Opportunities in the Era of the Affordable Care Act


Dr. Elinore F. McCance-Katz, M.D., Ph.D., is the chief medical officer at Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). In this capacity she provides medical-scientific expertise to SAMHSA’s major behavioral health efforts, including those promoting the prevention of mental illnesses and substance use disorders, as well as the treatment and recovery of people from these conditions. She is board certified in psychiatry and is subspecialty boarded in addiction psychiatry. She is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry. Dr. McCance-Katz has extensive experience as an educator, clinician, and NIH-funded clinical researcher. Her areas of clinical interest have been in the care of those with co-occurring disorders; specifically those with substance use and mental disorders, chronic pain, addiction, mental illness, and HIV disease complicated by substance abuse and mental disorders. Her areas of research interest have included the clinical pharmacology of drugs of abuse, medications development, and drug-drug interactions.



DSM5 and ICD 10: Integrating the New Language  


Dr. Carlos F. Tirado, MD, MPH, FABAM is the medical director and director of clinical innovation at The Right Step Hill Country. He earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, Texas and his master’s in public health from the University of Texas School of Public Health also in Houston. He completed his residency in psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas and his fellowship in addiction psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania Center for Studies of Addiction in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Tirado has conducted health disparities research on Hepatitis C treatment in U.S. veterans and adolescent addiction supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.


Prevention is the Best Medicine -  Linking Our Work to Brain Development and Adverse Childhood Events


Susan Millea, Ph.D. is the Community GIS, Facilitator for Children’s Optimal Health, Austin, Texas. Dr. Susan Millea has an extensive background in health, mental health, education and social service delivery, with a focus on quality improvement. A recipient of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence’s International Award for Applied Artificial Intelligence, Dr. Millea has over 20 years experience in health and human service information system design and implementation. She currently serves as the Community Systems Analyst for Children’s Optimal Health. Dr. Millea has completed a post-doctoral certificate in Biomedical Informatics through the Oregon Health Science University. Her interests extend from housing and social support services for children, youth and families to health and the implementation of health IT for under-served populations, both urban and rural.