Medical Scholars/Allied Health Professionals Track: The Medical Aspects of the Chronic Brain Disease of Addiction
In the medical aspects of addiction track, we are going to focus on addiction as a chronic brain disease and use the ASAM definition of addiction as well as the as 5 pillars found in the surgeon general’s report on addiction. The 5 pillars (1. prevention, 2. education, 3. research, 4. treatment, and 5. recovery support systems) as a model for treating this chronic disease. We will focus on the challenges encountered by rural practitioners, as well as, explore the science behind addiction as a chronic brain disease, specifically, highlighting the surgeon general’s report on substance use disorders and the ASAM definition of addiction (Addiction is a stress-induced, genetically mediated, primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors.)
FACULTY: Joseph M. Garbely, D.O., DFASAM
EVP/Chief Medical Officer
Caron Treatment Centers
BIOGRAPHY: As executive vice president of medical services and chief medical officer at Caron Treatment Centers, Dr. Garbely oversees the following programs and departments: Healthcare Professionals Program, Chronic Pain Program, Neurocognitive Services Department, Psychology, Research, detoxification and, medical management.
During his tenure at Caron, Dr. Garbely spearheaded a high-level initiative to educate and train physicians in addiction medicine through the establishment of the Resident Training Program at Caron Pennsylvania. Dr. Garbely established an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program at Caron Pennsylvania and Reading Hospital. As the Addiction Medicine Fellowship director, Dr. Garbely is a member of the American College of Academic Addiction Medicine. He is also a clinical associate professor at Penn State College of Medicine, an adjunct associate professor at Stony Brook School of Medicine, and a member of the medical staff at Reading Hospital.
Dr. Garbely is the chairman of the Physician in Training Committee of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), an ex-officio member of the ASAM Board, and a distinguished Fellow of ASAM. Dr. Garbely received his board certifications through the American Board of Preventative Medicine, Addiction Medicine Subspecialty; the American Board of Internal Medicine; the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology; and the American Board of Addiction Medicine.
Prior to his current position, Dr. Garbely served as the vice president of medical services and medical director of Caron Pennsylvania. With 20 years of addiction medicine experience, Dr. Garbely has an extensive background in treating substance use disorders, including substance use disorders in healthcare professionals, executives, and pilots. He has worked to develop treatment programs for psychiatric patients involving a 12-Step philosophy. Dr. Garbely has won teaching awards on the local and national level, including the American Psychiatric Association’s Helen Ruske, MD Award for Excellence in Medical Student Teaching.