Chief Executive Officer
American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry
Ms. Cates-Wessel has more than 30 years background and experience in the substance use disorder field in administration, medical education, and policy. She is Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) and Principal Investigator and Project Director for both the PCSS and STR-TA grants. As Principal Investigator and Project Director of these projects, she oversees the overall administration of the projects staff; consultants and sub-awards; negotiating contracts and overseeing work of partner organizations, consultants and vendors; and ensuring that all aspects of this these projects are undertaken according to the project plans. She is responsible for reporting to CSAT as required, and assures consistent, effective operations, and ongoing outreach assuring the success of the projects. Prior to her work at AAAP, she was Associate Director of Brown University's Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies for over 19 years.
Senior Associate Director
Joanna Katzman, MD, MSPH, a Professor at the University of New Mexico in Neurology, is a Senior Associate Director of the ECHO Institute. In October 2010, she stepped down from directing the University of New Mexico (NM) Pain Center in order to concentrate her efforts on the national pain and opioid crises. In 2008, Dr. Katzman began the ECHO Pain and Opioid Management teleECHO program at the ECHO Institute. This program has been replicated by the Department of Defense, the Veterans Affairs, the Indian Health Service and over 30 academic medical centers and the province of Ontario in Canada. Dr. Katzman is a special governmental employee for the FDA, where she has provided expert testimony related to take-home naloxone and mandated pain & addiction education for clinicians. Dr. Katzman has served on two Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committees related to the Gulf War and Health. She is the immediate Past President of the Academy of Integrative Pain Management (formerly American Academy of Pain Management).
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Stanford University Medical Center
In 2016, Dr. Lembke wrote the bestselling book on the prescription drug epidemic: Drug Dealer, MD: How Doctors Were Duped, Patients Got Hooked, and Why It’s So Hard to Stop. She has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles, chapters, and commentaries, including in the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) , the Journal of General Internal Medicine, and Addiction (JGIM). A researcher who still treats and sees patients, Dr. Lembke's key areas of interest include treating patients who have become addicted to prescription drugs. She takes a holistic, harm-reduction approach to each patient, and encourages spiritual and alternative therapies in the process of healing. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and a diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine.
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Chief Executive Officer, Senior Vice President
The Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of Behavioral Health at Solera Health, Dr. Ostrovsky is a practicing physician and social entrepreneur. He has led teams at the World Health Organization, United States Senate, and San Francisco Health Department toward health system strengthening through technology. Dr. Ostrovsky has contributed to legislation at the city and national level to advance care delivery for vulnerable populations. He is a published researcher in public health informatics, quality improvement, healthcare innovation, social entrepreneurship, and care coordination. Dr. Ostrovsky is former Chief Medical Officer of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services and current Co-Chair of the Opioid Collaborative’s Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery Group for the National Academy of Medicine.
University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio
Dr. Potter’s current research focuses on the prevention and treatment of opioid use disorders and chronic pain utilizing combined behavioral and medication-based approaches. Her current studies underway include testing the efficacy of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for individuals with co-occurring chronic pain and opioid dependence. As the San Antonio Site Principal Investigator and a Co-investigator with the Texas Node of the NIDA National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network (CTN), Dr. Potter is working with CTN as it conducts Phase 3 clinical trials of pharmacological and behavioral treatments for substance use disorders in community settings. She served as the National Project Director for the CTN Prescription Opioid Addiction Treatment Study (POATS), the largest multisite clinical trial ever conducted to examine treatment of prescription opioid dependence in individuals with and without co-occurring chronic pain. A three-year follow-up study of POATS participants is currently underway.
Health Management Associates
A nationally recognized addiction expert and an actively practicing addiction, pain, and emergency medicine specialist, Dr. Waller current serves as chairman of the Legislative Advocacy Committee for the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). In this position, he is directly responsible for consultation regarding treatment system development and education as well as all Washington, DC-related matters for ASAM. In his immediate past role of senior medical director for education and policy at the National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs, Dr. Waller was responsible for developing and maintaining all training and in-person technical assistance delivered by the National Center. Before joining the National Center, he worked for Spectrum Health System in Grand Rapids, Michigan, a fully integrated health system with 12 hospitals and over 1,000 employed physicians. Dr. Waller has worked extensively with local, state and federal law enforcement on the issues of controlled substance diversion and interdiction.
Executive Vice President
Facing Addiction with NCADD
With a Master’s degree in Addiction Public Policy from New York University and over a decade of experience working with non-profits and government agencies on addiction and recovery solutions, Mr. Williams is widely recognized as a leader in the recovery movement. His contributions and voice often lead the way for change. He is Co-Founder of Facing Addiction, a national non-profit organization dedicated to finding solutions to the addiction crisis by unifying the voice of the over 45 million Americans and their families directly impacted by addiction. A filmmaker and a recovery leader, Williams authored the award-winning documentary, The Anonymous People, a film that traces the history and struggles of over 23 million individuals living in recovery. Mr. Williams served as the Campaign Director and one of the Executive Producers of the historic Unite to Face Addiction Rally on the National Mall in Washington DC, on October 4, 2015. This historic event was designed to ignite a movement and launch an ongoing unified national campaign to solve the most pressing health issue of our time. This gathering was the first time that major musicians, politicians, actors, journalists, authors and advocates joined together to bring a voice to push for addiction solutions.