Advocating Addiction Medicine Fellows for Tennessee
In 2017, UTHSC continued to take a leading role in the fight against substance abuse in Tennessee. In 2016, the UTHSC Center for Addiction Science was named the first Center of Excellence in Addiction Medicine by the Addiction Medicine Foundation in Washington, D.C., for being first in the nation to bring together clinical care, research, education and community outreach to address addiction and deadly substance use.
In 2017, UTHSC received statewide attention for an initiative stemming from the education arm of the center. Dr. David Stern, vice chancellor for health affairs for statewide Initiatives, traversed the state to generate support for a proposal to establish a statewide network of addiction medicine fellows trained at UTHSC as the front line in diagnosing, treating and preventing substance abuse. Stern’s personal story of losing his son to an overdose became the face of his quest to generate support for the proposal.