Published August 13, 2015
Torin J. Finver, MD, program director for the Department of Family Medicine’s addiction medicine fellowship, has been appointed to the board of directors for the New York Society of Addiction Medicine (NYSAM).
Membership on the board of directors allows Finver to help expand the field of addiction medicine, stay abreast of developments in the field and network with other addictions physicians.
Finver, who completed UB’s addiction medicine fellowship in 2014, is a clinical instructor of family medicine. He has joined NYSAM in the new Early Career Physician position.
“Being new to the field — and in an academic position — enables me to advocate for training and research,” he explains.
NYSAM, a state chapter of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), is dedicated to understanding and preventing addiction problems and improving addiction treatment.
“We encourage each fellow in our program to be an ASAM and NYSAM member, and each fellow attends the annual national and state meeting,” says Finver.
Fellow Sarah Abdelsayed, MD, was one of six trainees across the nation to receive the American Board of Addiction Medicine’s Next Generation Award for Adolescent Substance Use Prevention, he notes.
Abdelsayed will use the award in a project at Renaissance Addiction Services Inc. to help improve and expand a peer-to-peer mentorship program for adolescent and young adults with substance use disorders.
The award was presented at the ASAM annual conference.
Finver’s position on the NYSAM board helps gives Western New York a voice, he says.
“We are underrepresented as a whole, and lately we are overrepresented in the scale of the addiction problem in our state, especially opiate addiction,” he explains.