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Conference Chair Letter

Murtuza Ghadiali, MD
Conference Chair

The speed of change in the field of Addiction Medicine is accelerating. From healthcare reform to marijuana legalization and from drug trading on "the hidden web" to pharmacogenetics, in this year's CSAM State of the Art conference entitled: "Synapse to Society," we aim to provide tools to help you navigate this brave new world. Additionally, we continue updating you on the fast changing landscape of pain and addiction with the best speakers, including Anna Lembke, MD, Andrea Rubinstein, MD, and Jodie Trafton, PhD. The conference planning team has been working hard to bring you the topics most relevant to your practice, as well as topics you may soon find landing on your doorstep.

The conference explores synapses, both inside the brain and outside in technology, beginning with NIAAA director, George Koob, PhD, updating us on the research pipeline, and ending with a presentation on naltrexone pharmacogenetics by Lara Ray, PhD. We will also cover the emerging area of the impact of the internet on drug use and delivery of addiction treatment, and we will hear from Diana Maclean about how computer science can be used to aid our field. We will even delve into the new world of deep brain stimulation with a presentation by Nolan Williams, MD.

On the societal level, we cover topics ranging from the Affordable Care Act with H. Westley Clark, MD, JD, MPH reviewing lessons learned so far, to A. Thomas McLellan, PhD discussing evaluation of addiction treatment outcomes, to public health lessons learned from Colorado's experience with legalization of marijuana presented by Tista Ghosh, MD. We will also explore food addiction with Eric Zorilla, PhD and offer a glimpse into integrative medicine with Sharone Abramowitz, MD.

The pre-conference workshops allow even deeper engaged learning on the topics of: prescription drug abuse, spirituality in recovery, treating cannabis use disorders, motivational interviewing, buprenorphine prescribing, and urine drug testing.

As always we bring you CSAM's tradition of connecting with colleagues with practice-based table discussions, a model AA meeting, a region-specific network luncheon, and a dessert reception featuring an improv theatre group performing stories of recovery. We even get you moving with morning Zumba and Yoga, and dancing to Bollywood music at the dinner on Friday evening.

I'm sure you will find this conference to be stimulating, enriching, and fun. Whether it's your first or tenth CSAM conference, the planning team looks forward to welcoming and meeting with you.

Addiction Medicine State of the Art Conference Planning Committee


In recognition of the high quality of its educational programs CSAM received a 6-year accreditation with commendation, the highest level of accreditation, awarded to only a small percentage of CME providers.

The California Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM) is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians. CSAM takes responsibility for the content, quality and scientific integrity of this CME activity.

CSAM designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 26 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM (19 for the Thursday-Saturday Conference and 7 for the pre-conference workshops on Wednesday). Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. This credit may also be applied to the CMA Certification in Continuing Medical Education.

Maintenance of Certification Credit (MOC) from the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM) is pending.

CEU Credit is available for psychologists, therapists, drug abuse counselors, nurses and physician assistants. Contact the CSAM Office for more information.


Note (September 11): The hotel block is sold out. We have negotiated with the hotel to make more rooms available at the rate of $259 or $279 per night. This is still below their room rate of $309 or more per night.
Another option is the Holiday Inn Express, located at 1250 Bayshore Highway has rooms for $196 available during the conference from major travel sites (KAYAK etc.) It is located across the street from the Hyatt. Their phone number is 650-347-2381.

The conference hotel is the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport located at 1333 Bayshore Highway, Burlingame, CA, 94010. There are a limited number of single and double rooms available at the conference rate of $219/night through September 25, 2015. To make your reservation by phone, call 650-347-1234 and notify the reservation agent that you are with the California Society of Addiction Medicine to get the discounted rate. In previous years, rooms at the discounted rate have sold out prior to the deadline, so it is important to reserve your hotel room early.

The Hyatt Regency is located 15 minutes from downtown San Francisco and all of its attractions: cable cars and museums, shopping and fine restaurants, scenic beauty and cultural events.

The hotel sits on the San Francisco Bay in the charming community of Burlingame. The main streets of town feature upscale shops, outdoor cafes, and fine restaurants. The complimentary Burlingame Trolley runs right from the hotel lobby.

Pre-Conference Workshops

Wednesday, October 21 (additional fee)

Workshops for each half-day take place concurrently. You can only choose to attend one morning and/or one afternoon workshop.

Addiction Medicine State of the Art Conference

Thursday, October 22

Friday, October 23

Saturday, October 24


State of the Art Conference
(Thursday through Saturday)

  • $725 for CSAM and/or ASAM members
  • $925 for Non-Member Physicians
  • $725 for Non-Physicians
  • $200 Resident
  • $100 Medical Student
  • $50 extra for printed syllabus

Workshops (per half day workshop) Wednesday

  • $150 for CSAM and/or ASAM members
  • $175 for Non-Member Physicians
  • $150 for Non-Physicians
  • $50 Resident
  • $25 Medical Student


$50 Friday dinner guests (registrant dinner included in registration fee)

$75 Print syllabus