Department news | April 30, 2015
Richard Ries, MD, will receive the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Annual Award at their yearly conference in April. Ries serves as the Editor-in-Chief of The ASAM Principles of Addiction Medicine, the primary reference and clinical text in the addictions field, and is being honored for his thoughtful leadership and deep understanding of the art and science of Addiction Medicine. The award comes at the heels of the UW School of Medicine’s drug and alcohol track achieving a top 10 ranking by US News and World Reports for the third year in a row.
Ries, Director of the Addictions Division, attributes the consistently high ranking to the large number of faculty members who engage in innovative addictions research, patient care, and education and says the Department’s commitment starts early on.
“Our Department is the only psychiatry department in the country that offers an Addictions Track as an entry option for its residents,” said Ries. “That fosters a pipeline of top notch fellows and drives all of us to stay at the top of our game.”
Multiple people, Institutes and Centers contribute to the collaborative nature of the Addictions program including Dennis Donovan’s group at the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute (ADAI), Mary Larimer’s team at the Center for the Study of Health and Risk Behaviors (CSHRB), Therese Grant’s work at the Fetal Alcohol and Drug Unit (FADU), Andy Saxon’s research on opioid addiction treatment at the Center of Excellence in Substance Abuse Treatment and Education (CESATE), Ray Hsiao’s efforts at The Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development (CCHBD), and Mark Sullivan’s work to study and intervene in the prescription opioid epidemic.
Ries believes that one of the next big challenges in the field is to integrate addictions care into primary care. He and others are working to weave addictions care into the fabric of the Mental Health Integration Program (MHIP) using the Collaborative Care model developed at UW. Another key area for the Division has been contributing to state and national issues related to opioid addiction and overdoses.