Registration is now open for the 2018 14th Annual NYSAM Conference to be held at the Crowne Plaza Times Square on February 2-3, 2018. We have another exciting lineup of presentations. Click here to register today!

Friday's Medical Education/Workforce Development/Public Policy Afternoon - 1:00 - 5:00pm

  • What Do Physicians in Training Need to Know About Addiction and How Will They Learn It? The COPE InitiativeBonnie Wilford, MS 
  • Involvement of medical students in ASAM’s Capital Hill day - Jeff Selzer, MD and students
  • Impaired Medical Students - Jeff Selzer, MD
  • NYU Program - Kathleen Hanley and Sewit Bereket
  • Enabling Residents to Prescribe Buprenorphine – Norman Wetterau, MD and Umara Saleem, MD
  • Syracuse Emergency Room Program – Carrie Vargo, MD
  • Internal Medicine Program at Montefiore – Melissa Stein, MD
  • Fellowship: A representative from each fellowship will briefly describe the fellowship – 5 min each
  • Addiction Medicine as a Medical Specialty – Dr. Tim Brennan
  • Resident Contest Winner Presentation
  • Teaching Medical Students and Residents at University of Rochester Through the Consult Service – Nicholas Nacca, MD


Join Us on Friday night at 6:00pm for Gala Dinner Presentation with Special Guest - Commissioner Arlene Gonzalez-Sanchez, and featuring Eliot Gardner, PhD who will discuss "How the Neurobiology of Addiction was Discovered and Elucidated". Dinner is included with conference registration, but you must RSVP to attend.

Saturday's Medical/Scientific Conference - 7:45am - 5:30pm

  • Clinical Cases Presentation and Discussion - Edwin Salsitz, MD, Timothy Wiegand, MD and NYSAM members
  • Neurobiology of AddictionEliot Gardner, PhD
  • ADHD and Substance Use Disorders: Diagnostic and Treatment Strategies – Frances Levin, MD
  • Addictions Neuroclinical Assessment: A Neuroscience-Based Approach to AddictionLaura Kwako, MD
  • NYSAM's 2018 Honorary Lifetime Achievement Award Lecture: “Sociobiology and Addiction Recovery” Marc Galanter, MD
  • Lunch – Addiction as a Chronic Brain Disease: ASAM’s New Strategic Plan Kelly Clark, MD
  • Emergency Department and Substance Use DisordersCraig Smollin, MD
  • Keynote Lecture: "The Evolution of the Opioid Epidemic – Implications for Treatment and Policy"Richard Dart, MD, PhD
  • Emergency Department & BuprenorphineThe Bridge ClinicRoss Sullivan, MD
  • The Emergency Medicine & Medical Toxicology Panel - Timothy Wiegand, MD, FACMT – Moderator 
    Richard Dart, MD, Phd; Nicholas Nacca, MD; Craig Smollin, MD; Ross Sullivan, MD



Urgent Action: Contact the Senate Leadership

Please contact the NYS Senate leadership and ask them to remove medical marijuana from the budget bill and to vote no.

Lobby Day

June 7, 2010 (was May 25)
Albany, NY

We plan visits to various Senators, Assemblyman, and to OASAS. Medical Marijuana is the priority item but not the only one. Email Dr. Norm Wetterau if interested in participating. Read more here.


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Welcome to the New York Society of Addiction Medicine’s website

The New York Society of Addiction Medicine (NYSAM) is an organization of physicians in New York State from all medical specialities, dedicated to understanding and preventing addiction problems and to improving addiction treatment. NYSAM is a State Chapter of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. 

We are actively soliciting content from our members, so send us items for the News page, and please make use of our Classifieds section. 

Many pages have related links and resources, in particular the Science journal. You'll find topical articles on the Public Policy page, where you can access policy materials such as NYSDOH bulletins, NYS legislation/bills, NYSAM memoranda and position papers, published articles, and more. The Upcoming page will help members stay informed of NYSAM events, CME and meetings. We are building contacts with Regional groups (New Jersey and New England) and welcome your submissions for addiction medicine-related groups, organizations, events and meetings.

More about the site

We envision the NYSAM website will: increase communication among the membership; streamline the distribution of important and time-sensitive news and information; increase interest in becoming a NYSAM member; offer advocacy tools; and, will generally be an indispensable membership resource. 

Get involved!

We need feedback, ideas, and engagement. We believe this will continue to be a great member resource. Please bookmark us, visit often, contribute content, contact us and tell your colleagues about us. Keep an eye on your email inbox for updates, and if you'd like to get involved, please get in touch.