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

  • Bonnie Wilford of COPE will present the results of the medical school survey and talk about COPE’s resources. A copy of the survey will be handed out to share with medical school deans and leadership.
  • Involvement of medical students in ASAM’s Capital Hill day - Jeff Selzer, MD and students
  • Impaired Medical Students - Jeff Selzer, MD
  • Resident Education: Suboxone program in a family medicine residency with community outreach. Rochester – Education on addiction and overdose treatment in an Emergency room residency. Syracuse – Education in internal medicine program at Montefiore
  • Fellowship: A representative from each fellowship will briefly describe the fellowship – 5 min each
  • Update on fellowship accreditation and support – Dr. Tim Brennan
  • Presentations from medical residents from around NY State on how addiction affects their specialty.


Join Us on Friday night at 6:00pm for Gala Dinner Presentation featuring Eliot Gardner, PhD who will discuss "How the Neurobiology of Addiction was Discovered and Elucidated". Cost included with conference registration, but 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
  • Treatment of Attention Deficit DisorderFrances 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 – Update on ASAM’s Initiatives and Policies – 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



A room block at the Crowne Plaza is available. Please click here to reserve your hotel room at our special conference rate. The deadline to reserve a room is January 11, 2018.


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. 

The site is less than a year old, but is already a useful resource. 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.