President: Anika Alvanzo, MD, MS, FASAM is a graduate of the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and holds a master’s degree in biostatistics from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine. Dr. Alvanzo is an Assistant Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine where she is also the Director of the Substance Use Disorders Consultation Service. In this role she directs a multidisciplinary consultation service that conducts brief behavioral interventions and counseling with patients, provides guidance on the clinical management of patients with substance use disorders and associated consequences, facilitates linkage to hospital and community-based alcohol and drug treatment programs, provides brief buprenorphine/naloxone bridges for the gap between hospital discharge and treatment intake, and educates patients, families, healthcare professionals and the community to prevent, identify, and treat persons living with addiction. Dr. Alvanzo is also the Director of the Substance Use Disorders Rotation for the Johns Hopkins Medicine-Pediatrics Urban Health and Urban Health Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency track programs. Her research interests include gender and race/ethnicity differences in the risk for substance use disorders and the association between psychological trauma, posttraumatic stress, and substance use, particularly in women. Dr. Alvanzo has served as an expert on National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) panels on the role of opioids in chronic pain and integration of recovery-oriented care in hospital and medical settings, respectively.
President-Elect: Paul M. Katz, DO, FACA, FASAM received his doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine from Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and training in anesthesiology at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He is board certified in addiction medicine, anesthesiology and family practice. He holds degrees in both chemistry and biology from Youngstown University. Dr. Katz has served as an advisor for AMPRO, Adirondack-Hudson-Mohawk Medical Peer Review Organization Inc. He also served within the New York State Society of Anesthesia on the government legal and economic affairs committee as well as the Committee of Ambulatory Surgery. Dr. Katz currently offers full service family practice in a rural setting with a special emphasis on addiction medicine.
Immediate Past President & Chair, Nominating Committee: George Kolodner, MD, FASAM is a board certified addiction psychiatrist who has specialized in the outpatient treatment of addictions since 1973. He received his M.D. from the University of Rochester in 1967, and completed his psychiatric training at Yale University in 1971. He is currently the Chief Clinical Officer of the Kolmac Outpatient Recovery Centers, which he co-founded in 1973. Dr. Kolodner is the originator of an outpatient rehabilitation model using a 3 hour a day treatment unit, which led to a new level of care known as intensive outpatient or “IOP.” (ASAM Level 2.1). Preceding IOP with ambulatory withdrawal management and following it up with continuing care created an accessible, comprehensive, integrated treatment approach to addictions as an alternative to the traditional, more fragmented treatment strategy. He is active in teaching medical students and residents at Georgetown University Medical School, where he is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry. He also teaches psychiatric residents at the University of Maryland, where he also is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry.
Treasurer: J Ramsay Farah, MD, MPH, FASAM earned his B.Sc. and M.D. from the American University of Beirut. He completed his Residency and Fellowship in Pediatrics at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. He holds a Master’s in Public Health from the John Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health where he also completed his Residency in General Preventative Medicine, Epidemiology. Dr. Farah is a Distinguished Fellow American Society of Addiction Medicine, Fellow American Academy of Pediatrics, Fellow American College of Preventive Medicine, Certified Physician Executive and Medical Review Officer. He is a Past Fellow of The Federation of State Medical Boards of the United States Inc. Dr. Farah commands 45 years of distinguished clinical practice and executive administrative leadership having served on Boards and Commissions of Distinguished Institutions, Universities and Gubernatorial Appointments. He is the recipient of over 60 awards at the State, National and International levels. He is currently the Secretary, Board of Trustees, MedChi, the State Medical Society, and Chief Medical Officer at Phoenix of Health and Medical Director at Phoenix Health Center, in Hagerstown, MD.
Secretary: Olga Rossello, MD, FASAM graduated from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine in 1990 and completed a Psychiatry Residence at the University of Maryland Medical System in 1994.
She became interested in addiction after practicing psychiatry and seeing the devastating effects substances had on her patients. While working with adolescents in a detention center, she was given the opportunity to learn about addiction at Glass Health Systems. She served as their outpatient psychiatrist in their opiate disorders treatment centers and gained experience in treating substance use disorders first hand. She also established a private practice in which she offered treatments that included buprenorphine and therapy. In 2014, she started working at Springfield Hospital Center in Sykesville, MD. Currently, she is the hospital’s Clinical Director. Her experience treating substance use disorders as well as co-occurring disorders has been invaluable in developing strategies to empower our patients for success in the community.
She looks forward to further learning and serving people struggling with substance use disorders and hopefully improving their lives as well as those of their loved ones.
Past President: Yngvild Olsen, MD, MPH, FASAM currently serves as Medical Director of the Institutes for Behavior Resources Inc/REACH Health Services, a comprehensive outpatient addiction treatment program in Baltimore City. She completed her 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’s advocacy work includes serving as the President of the Maryland Society of Addiction Medicine (MDSAM), as the President of the Maryland Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (MATOD), and as a member of several boards and councils, including the Maryland Overdose Prevention Advisory Council, and the National Council on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependence-Maryland chapter board. She currently proudly serves as the Secretary of ASAM and is past Chair of ASAM's Public Policy Committee.
Past President: Gerald Marti, MD, PhD, FASAM is a physician scientist (hematologist) who spent the last 30+ years in the US PHS at the NIH and FDA studying hematological malignancy. As part of his recovery program, he was directed to become a member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). As a member of the Maryland ASAM chapter, he has primarily focused his efforts in the area of continuing medical education. Currently as past-president of the Maryland ASAM chapter, he team teaches the FDA mandated risk evaluation and mitigation strategy (REMS) for the use of extended release and long acting opioids: safe use while improving patient care. His other interests include smoking cessation, screening, brief intervention and referral treatment (SBIRT), the use of naltrexone for extended-release injectable suspension for the treatment of alcoholism, the scientific basis for 12-step programs and medical student education in the field of alcoholism and addiction. He is also interested in the natural history of alcoholism. Dr. Marti went to Ghana for14 days in May 2014 and met with Ghanaian professionals regarding the addiction, treatment and rehabilitations. Dr. Marti is on the Recovery Africa Advisory Council and is also board member for the Arise and Flourish Foundation.
Past President: Marc Fishman, MD, FASAM is an addiction psychiatrist and leads Maryland Treatment Centers, a regional behavioral healthcare provider, which offers programs for residential and outpatient treatment for SUDs and co-occurring disorders, for adolescents and adults He is a member of the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He writes and lectures widely on a variety of topics including youth treatment, placement and treatment matching strategies, medication treatments for addiction and others. His research work has focused particularly on opioid addiction treatment for youth, and more broadly on pharmacotherapies for addiction, as well as models of care and treatment outcomes for youth SUDs. Dr. Fishman served as a co-editor for the most recent editions of ASAM’s Patient Placement Criteria (PPC 3 and PPC2-R), and was the chief editor for the ASAM PPC Supplement on Pharmacotherapies for Alcohol Use Disorders. He is the Chair of the ASAM Adolescent Workgroup. He served as a Past President (2010-12) of the Maryland Society of Addiction Medicine.
Past President: Devang Gandhi, MB, BS, MD, FRCPsych, DFASAM, DFAPA. Dr. Gandhi earned his medical degree and a doctoral degree in psychiatry from India and his membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in the United Kingdom. He completed a residency in psychiatry and a fellowship in addiction psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He is board-certified in psychiatry, addiction psychiatry and addiction medicine. After many years serving as a full-time faculty, he remains active in academics as Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Addiction Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine Fellowship Programs at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He has previously served as the Medical Director of the Addiction Service Line at the University of Maryland Medical Center, the Substance Abuse Treatment Programs at the VA Maryland Health Care System, and the Bureau of Behavioral Health at the Howard County Health Department. Currently, he serves as the Medical Director of the Sinai Hospital Addiction Recovery Program and is a Staff Psychiatrist at the Baltimore VA Medical Center. His research has focused on the treatment of opioid dependence and co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. He is a former editor of The Maryland Psychiatrist and serves as an Assistant Editor of Addiction.
Chair, Education & Program Planning Committee: Sunil Khushalani, MD, FASAM currently serves as the Service Chief for the Adult and Co-Occurring Disorders Day Hospital and Inpatient Unit at the Towson Campus of Sheppard Pratt Health Systems, a position he has held since 2001. In addition, he is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He completed residency in the Department of Psychiatry at New York University Medical Center/Bellevue Hospital. He is Board Certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is a Diplomat of the American Board of Addiction Medicine. He is the Co-creator of a course at Sheppard Pratt on 'Lean Problem Solving' which introduces participants to Lean Performance Improvement Methodology as they apply this learning to solve problems encountered within the Sheppard Pratt Health System. He has co-moderated a monthly "Addiction Forum" at Sheppard Pratt since 2010 and has been part of an Improvement team on "Smoking Cessation" at Sheppard Pratt since 2005. Dr. Khushalani has held previous positions as Staff Psychiatrist at Gateway Community Service Board in Georgia, a position in which teaching, supervising, and developing educational programs for the organization was a significant portion of his role. He has also served as the Director of the Resident's Outpatient Clinic in the combined University of Maryland-Sheppard Pratt Residency Training Program, and in honor of his teaching excellence, was inducted into their Training Director's Honor Roll in June of this year. He is a member of the Maryland Psychiatric Society and a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.