Frederick L. Altice, MD, MA

Research Director
Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology, and Public Health and is a clinician and clinical epidemiologist. He is an intervention and implementation science researcher at Yale University School of Medicine and School of Public Health. Dr. Altice’s primary research focuses on interventions and implementation science at the interface between infectious diseases and addiction, and he has conducted research in multiple global health settings. Dr. Altice leads multiple initiatives locally-through-globally in the criminal justice system, including transitional programs addressing infectious diseases, medications for opioid use disorder, mental illness, homelessness, and social instability. Global health foci include funded research projects internationally in Malaysia, Ukraine, Moldova, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Peru, and Indonesia. Dr. Altice has participated in projects through the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency, Special Projects of National Significance with HRSA, and the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. Dr. Altice is also a member of the American Board of Correctional Medicine and the WHO Guidelines Committee for Treatment of HIV and Tuberculosis Among Drug Users.

Scott A. Oakman, MD, Ph.D.

Director of Physician Education
A psychiatrist at the Regions Hospital Inpatient Behavioral Health and the former Program Director of the Hennepin-Regions Psychiatry Residency Program. Dr. Oakman received his MD and Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Minnesota and then moved to the University of Michigan to complete his Psychiatry residency, followed by a Fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry. As a Faculty Facilitator for the American Psychiatric Association and a member of the Addiction Psychiatry Committee of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training (AADPRT), among other organizations, Dr. Oakman continues to ensure that physicians are trained in addiction psychiatry. Apart from his role as a clinician and academic coordinator, he has also produced publications, presentations, and poster abstracts and continues to lecture on substance use disorders and treatment.

Anthony L. Schlaff, MD, MPH

Consultant for Clinical Education and Public Health
Physician/Project Officer in the Bureau of Health Workforce in the US Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) and former Director of the Public Health Program at the Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, MA. Dr. Schlaff received an MD from the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons and an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health. He trained in Internal Medicine at Boston City Hospital and in Preventive Medicine at Carney Hospital in Boston and is board certified in both specialties. After several decades as a primary care clinician, he worked in addiction medicine for 15 years before leaving clinical work in 2022 when he assumed his current position. He worked as a Medical Director and Director of Quality Improvement in several community health center networks and has directed several community health initiatives in Boston and New York. He is a past president of the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research and the 2017 Duncan Clark Award winner.

Robyn Phillips-Madson, DO, MPH, FACOFP

Director of Medical Education and Medical School Partnerships
Retired founding Dean of the School of Osteopathic Medicine at the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW), in San Antonio, Texas, and a Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health. Her professional experience includes twenty-seven years of practicing as a family physician, and extensive experience in medical education, including serving as the former Dean and Chief Academic Officer at the College of Osteopathic Medicine at the Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences, before moving to UIW in 2014. Dr. Phillips-Madson received a Master of Public Health from Nova Southeastern University and is Board Certified in Family Medicine. She serves as a commissioner on the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation, has served as president of the Washington Osteopathic Medical Association and on the Executive Committee of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Board of Deans, and is a member of the American Osteopathic Association and the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians. Dr. Phillips-Madson’s research interests include presentations, academic papers, and policy briefs on areas such as health policy, holistic training of medical students, social accountability in osteopathic medical education, and medical education as an agent of change. Her other interests include volunteering as a mentor for medical and nursing students, fundraising, and founding a non-profit which sends medical/dental, educational, and construction teams to countries such as Guatemala and Thailand.

Eduardo Bianco, MD

Director of International Policy Education
Cardiologist, Certified Tobacco Cessation Expert with a Masters in Prevention and Treatment of Addictive Disorders. Currently, he is Chair of the World Heart Federation Tobacco Expert Group. Dr. Bianco’s research examines tobacco control and cessation, and he has participated in over 500 professional events, including congresses, workshops, and meetings in more than 50 countries. He has been a prominent member of several organizations that address tobacco control in Latin America. Dr. Bianco has worked for 25 years, both in Uruguay and Latin America, to promote and train in smoking cessation treatment and tobacco control policies. He is also the former Regional Coordinator for the Americas of the Framework Convention Alliance and former Technical Director of the MOH Center for International Cooperation for Tobacco. Dr. Bianco provides consultation to the instructional design team on substance use disorders. He has received the 2015 Luther Terry Award in the category “Outstanding Leadership,” the 2006 ACS International Achievement Award in Tobacco Control, and the WHO / PAHO Regional Award of the Americas on World No Tobacco Day in 2003, 2006, and 2018.

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