Session 16: Board Exam Preparation

Friday, July 27
3:30 PM - 4:15 PM

Abigail Herron, DO, FAPA, DFASAM

VP, Behavioral Health; Director of Psychiatry & Addiction Medicine
The Institute for Family Health
Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai

Abigail J. Herron, DO, is the Vice President of Behavioral Health and the Director of Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine at the Institute for Family Health. She is board certified in adult psychiatry, addiction psychiatry and addiction medicine, and is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai. Dr. Herron is a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. She graduated from Wesleyan University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Herron completed her psychiatry residency at St. Luke's and Roosevelt Hospitals, where she was also chief resident, and a clinical research fellowship in addiction psychiatry at Columbia University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Her academic interests include integrated care, women’s health, and medical education. She is the co-editor of the Addiction Casebook, and the editor-in-chief of ASAM’s Essentials of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Herron is also in private practice in New York City.


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Erin A. Zerbo, MD

Assistant Professor
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Erin Zerbo, MD, received her B.S. in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2003, and her M.D. from New York University School of Medicine in 2007. She remained at NYU for a general psychiatry residency and a one-year addiction psychiatry fellowship, graduating in 2012. Since 2014, she has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and the Associate Director of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry. She currently has a large outpatient buprenorphine practice and spends half of her time on the Psychiatry Consultation-Liaison Service at University Hospital.

Dr. Zerbo serves as the Vice President of the New Jersey Psychiatric Association, and she has lectured and published extensively in the field of addiction. Her primary interest is the treatment of substance use disorders in underserved and disadvantaged populations. She is a co-editor of the recent book "Pocket Guide to Addiction Assessment and Treatment" (APA, 2106), and the lead editor of "Becoming Mindful: Integrating Mindfulness into Your Psychiatric Practice" (APA, 2017).


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Edwin A. Salsitz, MD, DFASAM

Attending Physician
Mount Sinai Beth Israel
Mount Sinai Beth Israel

Dr. Edwin A. Salsitz has been an attending physician in the Mount Sinai Beth Israel , Division of Chemical Dependency, New York City, since 1983, and is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He is the principal investigator of the Methadone Medical Maintenance (office-based methadone maintenance) research project. Dr. Salsitz is certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM), as well as by the Board of Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Disease. He has published and lectures frequently on addiction medicine topics.
Dr. Salsitz is a course director for ASAM sponsored buprenorphine trainings,
and is a mentor in the PCSS-MAT mentoring program. He has co-chaired the ASAM Review Course, the ASAM Common Threads Course, the ASAM State of the Art course and is a reviewer for the Journal of Addiction Medicine and Drug and Alcohol Dependence. He is the chair of the ASAM REMS course on safe and effective prescribing of opioids. Dr. Salsitz was the Co-chair of the ASAM CME committee and Chair of the New York Society of Addiction Medicine CME and Education committee.
Dr. Salsitz is a member of the medical advisory panel, for the New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services.
Dr. Salsitz is the recipient of the 2014 ASAM Annual Award, and the 2018 ASAM Annual Educator of the Year Award.


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Buprenorphine in the VA Initiative (BIV) & National Coordinator Center for Advanced Interdisciplinary Fellowships in Addiction Treatment
University of Utah School of Medicine

Dr. Gordon is the Elbert F. and Marie Christensen Endowed Research Professor and Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of Utah School of Medicine and the Section Chief of Addiction Medicine at the Salt Lake City VA Health Care System. Prior to his current appointment, he was a Professor of Medicine and Clinical and Translational Sciences and Advisory Dean at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. He is a board certified internal medicine (American Board of Internal Medicine) and addiction medicine physician (American Board of Preventive Medicine) and he has achieved status as a Fellow in the American College of Physicians (FACP) and a Distinguished Fellow in the American Society of Addiction Medicine (DFASAM). Since 1998, he is VA Health Services Research and Implementation Scientist since 1998, having received a VA Health Services Research and Development Service (HSR&D) Career Development Award for his research regarding addictions. He has been a Core Faculty member of two Department of Veterans Health Services Research and Development HSRD Centers Of INovations (COINs): The VISN 4 Center for Health Equity and Promotion (CHERP; 2001-2017) and the VA Salt Lake City Informatics, Decision-Enhancement and Analytic Sciences Center (IDEAS2; 2017-present). He has a 20-year track record of conducting research on the quality, equity, and efficiency of health care for vulnerable populations, having received efforts on grants from the NIH, AHRQ, PCORI, VA, SAMHSA and Foundations. He has authored over 178 peer reviewed articles and presented or published hundreds of scholarly work in the area of addictions and vulnerable populations. A major theme of his research include examining the efficacy, effectiveness, and implementation of evidence-based identification, assessment, and treatments for patients with addiction disorders. He is the Director of both the VA’s National Buprenorphine in the VA Initiative and the National Coordinating Center for the VA’s Interdisciplinary Advanced Fellowship in Addiction Treatment. He is a practicing clinician and the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Substance Abuse.


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