National VA Quality Scholar, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System and University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CaliforniaBrian Hurley, MD, MBA is a Veterans Administration National Quality Scholar affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, and will be a 2015-2017 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at UCLA. He completed a fellowship program in addiction psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine. He completed residency training at the Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital (MGH-McLean), where he was Chief Resident in Addiction Psychiatry. Brian applied to medical school with the explicit intention of becoming an addiction physician. He joined ASAM in 2002 as a first year medical student, and has served on the ASAM Board of Directors in various capacities since 2003. He currently serves as the co-chair of ASAM's Membership Committee and serves on ASAM's finance committee. He previously served as chair of ASAM’s Physicians-in-Training Committee Chair and is formerly ASAM’s alternate delegate to the American Medical Association. Brian additionally served on the EVP/CEO search committee in 2010 that led to Penny Mill’s selection as ASAM’s current EVP/CEO. He has additional served in various roles for the Massachusetts Society of Addiction Medicine, New York Society of Addiction Medicine, and California Society of Addiction Medicine. Aside from ASAM, Brian is a former National President of the American Medical Student Association. He is a 2012 American College of Psychiatrists Laughlin fellow, a 2010-2013 American Psychiatric Association (APA) Public Psychiatry Fellow, and a 2015-2017 Group for Advancement of Psychiatry Fellow. Brian also serves on the American Medical Colleges’ Advisory Committee on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Sex Development. He is also the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association's delegate to the American Medical Association's (AMA's) House of Delegates. Brian has previously served on the Board of Trustees of the APA.
Chair, Department of Psychiatry, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, New York, New YorkPetros Levounis, MD, MA, is chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and chief of service at University Hospital in Newark, New Jersey. Dr. Levounis came to Rutgers from Columbia University where he served as director of the Addiction Institute of New York and chief of addiction psychiatry at St. Luke's and Roosevelt Hospitals from 2002 to 2013. Dr. Levounis is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Stanford University where he studied chemistry and biophysics as a combined BS/MS student, before receiving his medical education at Stanford University School of Medicine and the Medical College of Pennsylvania. During medical school, he researched the effects of social class on patient-physician relationships in Oxford, England, and received an MA degree in sociology from Stanford. Dr. Levounis completed his psychiatry residency at Columbia University, receiving the National Institute of Mental Health Outstanding Resident Award, and his fellowship in addiction psychiatry at New York University. Dr. Levounis has written numerous articles, monographs, and book chapters; has lectured extensively on addiction topics throughout the United States and abroad; and has been interviewed by all major networks. Dr. Levounis serves on the boards of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM), and from 2005 to 2009 chaired the national Committee on Addiction Treatment of the APA. Dr. Levounis is a distinguished fellow of both APA and ASAM. Dr. Levounis has authored/edited nine books including the self-help paperback “Sober Siblings: How to Help Your Alcoholic Brother or Sister—and Not Lose Yourself” (Perseus 2008) and “The Behavioral Addictions” (APAP 2015), an innovative book that includes re-enactment video clips played by Rutgers NJMS medical students. Dr. Levounis is married to actor Lukas Hassel and lives in New York City.
Head Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children, Chicago, Illinois
Co-Director, Vanderbilt Program for LGBTI Health, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TennesseeKristen L. Eckstrand holds her Ph.D. in neuroscience from Vanderbilt University, and is currently completing the final year of her medical degree at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine through the Vanderbilt Medical Scientist Training Program. She is pursuing further training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Throughout her career, Dr. Eckstrand has advocated for the needs of LGBT individuals. Dr. Eckstrand has been working on LGBT medical education since 2008, when she initiated curriculum reform at Vanderbilt. This project led to the foundation of the Vanderbilt Program for LGBTI Health in 2012, the second program in the country housed within an academic medical center to address the needs of LGBTI patients, trainees, staff, and faculty. As co-director of the Vanderbilt Program for LGBTI Health, Dr. Eckstrand continues her efforts in medical education and oversees medical center-wide LGBTI quality improvement efforts through Vanderbilt’s LGBTI Leadership Committee and Cultural/Linguistics Council. Dr. Eckstrand has published on these efforts in AAMC’s MedEdPORTAL and other journals, and has recently edited the book Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Patient Health: A Clinical Guide to Preventative, Primary, and Specialist Care, to be published by Springer in early 2015. In addition to chairing the AAMC Advisory Committee on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Sex Development, Dr. Eckstrand serves as Vice President of Education for the board of directors of GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality and as a member of the American Medical Association’s LGBT Advisory Committee. Dr. Eckstrand has been recognized for her commitment to diversity by the 2011 Vanderbilt Levi Watkins Jr. Award, the 2013 American Medical Association’s Foundation in Excellence Leadership Award, and the 2013 AMSA/GLMA Health Achievement Award for leadership in LGBT health.
Associate Professor/Associate Director of Educational Leadership, Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, GeorgiaDr. Bayer earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Xavier University, and a Masters in Adult Education and a Doctorate in Human Sexuality Education from Widener University. She is an American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) Certified Sexuality Educator and has served in numerous leadership capacities with AASECT, the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS), and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). Dr. Bayer serves on the Editorial Board of Sexuality Research and Social Policy, and reviews for the Journal of Sex Research, Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health, and the Journal of Sexual Medicine. Dr. Bayer teaches medical students, residents, post-doctoral fellows, public health students, and community students. She serves as the faculty advisor for the MSM Alliance, a student group focusing on cultural competency related to gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation. Her scholarship focuses on training health professionals to address human sexuality with patients across the lifespan. She is an associate professor at Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) and serves as associate director of educational leadership in the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at MSM.
Lead Program Management Specialist, Association of American Medical Colleges, Washington, District of ColumbiaTiffani St.Cloud joined the AAMC in 2005 as the program assistant for the Section on Student, Institutional, and Faculty Services and Studies. She managed the Human Subjects Research Protection Program and served as the chief project manager for teams focused on improving the quality of AAMC’s data services. In 2007 she became the staff specialist for data resources and studies and her portfolio expanded to include the review of all AAMC surveys and research proposals. In 2009 she transitioned to the Office of the President as a program management specialist. During her tenure, she planned governance and leadership meetings for the board of directors, Medical Center Leaders Caucus, and managed the office’s research portfolio. In 2010, she became the senior program management specialist for the Office of the President and became a lead on the management of the AAMC Constituent Orientation program and annual AAMC Capitol Hill Advocacy reception. In 2011 she became the lead program management specialist for diversity policy and programs. In her current role, she is responsible for the management of the annual Diversity and Inclusion Innovation Forum, the AAMC Healthcare Executive Diversity and Inclusion Certificate program, the Diversity 3.0 Learning Series, and serves as the project manager for the AAMC Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Sex Development Project. Tiffani holds a B.A. in sociology from Smith College, is a certified life coach, and holds diplomas in Spanish Language and Culture and Italian Language and Culture from the Universidad de Alicante and the Università per Stranieri di Perugia.
Focus Session Track
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Room: 410, Fourth Floor
National VA Quality Scholar, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System and University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
Chair, Department of Psychiatry, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, New York, New York
Author (Not Presenting)(s):
Head Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children, Chicago, Illinois
Co-Director, Vanderbilt Program for LGBTI Health, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee
Associate Professor/Associate Director of Educational Leadership, Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia
Lead Program Management Specialist, Association of American Medical Colleges, Washington, District of Columbia
Well-documented healthcare disparities are faced by individuals whose anatomies and identities deviate from societal and cultural norms, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and those born with differences of sex development (DSD). Institutional climate surrounding these issues has been shown to significantly impact the training of future physicians, both in capacity for optimal patient care and supporting trainees who are LGBT and/or born with DSD. There are salient parallels to addiction medicine, a field focused on the care of highly stigmatized patient populations, and in the context of a medical training system that historically generates progressively negative learner attitudes towards patients suffering with addictive diseases. Presenters will provide an overview of recent steps taken by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) to promote LGBT and DSD health equality, discuss its relevance to addiction medicine, and promote an understanding of how integration of the competencies into medical training enhances the institutional climate.