Addiction Toxicology Case Conference - November 2023
Recorded On: 11/03/2023
Addressing Benzodiazepine Dependency and Withdrawal: Exploring Treatment Strategies and Pharmaceutical Alternatives
Case 1: Treatment Approaches and Pharmacologic Options for Benzodiazepine Dependence and Withdrawal
Case 2: Unveiling the Real Success Rate and Challenges of Outpatient BZD tapers
- Timothy J. Wiegand, MD, FACMT, DFASAM (ACMT/ASAM Expert), Director of Toxicology and of the Toxicology Consult Service, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY
- Gloria J. Baciewicz, MD (ASAM Expert), Addiction Psycharcist, Strong Recovery; Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY
- Lewis Nelson MD, FACMT, FASAM (ACMT/ASAM Expert), Professor and Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine; Chief, Division of Medical Toxicology, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ
About The Series: The ACMT/ASAM Addiction Toxicology Case Conference webinar series discusses Addiction/Toxicology cases in an interactive fashion featuring experts from Addiction Medicine, Addiction Psychiatry, and Medical Toxicology.
This webinar is open to the public.
Timothy Wiegand, MD, DFASAM, FACMT, FAACT (Moderator)
Director of Addiction Medicine and Addiction Medicine Consults
University of Rochester Medical Center
Timothy J. Wiegand, MD, FACMT, FAACT, DFASAM is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Public Health Sciences at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester New York. He is Board Certified in Medical Toxicology and Addiction Medicine and practices in Addiction Toxicology with a mix of clinical, research, teaching, and other professional work. Dr. Wiegand has served two terms on the Board of Directors for the American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) and he is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) completing a term on the Executive Counsel as Vice President of ASAM. He begins a two-year term as Treasurer of ASAM in April 2023. Dr. Wiegand founded and led the Toxicology service at URMC until 2022 when he became Director of Addiction Medicine and Director of Addiction Medicine Consults also at URMC in the Department of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Wiegand has served as Fellowship Director for the URMC Combined Addiction Medicine Fellowship and he is the Fellowship Director for the URMC Medical Toxicology fellowship expecting to formally begin once accredited, in July of 2023.
Gloria Baciewicz, MD (Moderator)
Since 1986, Gloria Baciewicz has specialized in the treatment of addiction. Professor of clinical psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center, she serves as an addiction psychiatrist at Strong Recovery. Dr. Baciewicz is certified in addiction medicine by the American Board of Preventive Medicine and board certified in psychiatry, with added qualifications in addiction psychiatry. Dr. Baciewicz is a co-principal investigator for the University of Rochester’s Recovery Center of Excellence.
Moderator: Lewis Nelson, MD, MBA, FACMT, FASAM
Chair of Emergency Medicine
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Lewis S. Nelson, MD is Professor and Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Chief of Service for the Emergency Department at University Hospital of Newark, and Senior Consultant to the New Jersey Poison Information & Education System. Dr. Nelson is board certified in emergency medicine, medical toxicology, and addiction medicine. His areas of specific interest include preventing and managing the consequences of opioid and other substance use, multimodal pain management strategies, health policy, and medication safety.
Dr. Nelson has served as President of American College of Medical Toxicology and on the Board of Directors of both the American Board of Emergency Medicine and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. He is currently the president of Association of Academic Chairs in Emergency Medicine. He is a long time consultant for several governmental agencies including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Food and Drug Administration. He is an editor of the textbook “Goldfrank’s Toxicologic Emergencies.
JoAn Laes, MD, DFASAM, FACMT
Addiction Staff Physician
Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Allina Health
JoAn Laes, MD, DFASAM, FACMT is an addiction medicine physician in Minneapolis, Minnesota, focusing on inpatient addiction medicine and toxicology consultation as well as experience in outpatient treatment of opioid and other substance use disorders. She is also a core medical toxicology faculty for the Minnesota Poison Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, and medical director for Missions Inc. Detox facility in Plymouth, Minnesota. She is board certified in Internal Medicine, Medical Toxicology, and Addiction Medicine. She completed internal medicine residency at Hennepin County Medical Center and medical toxicology fellowship at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota.