Message from the Program Director

Tildabeth Doscher.

“People from all walks of life battle addiction,” says Tildabeth Doscher. “Our program gives you the unique skills to help combat this devastating epidemic — and save lives.”

In 2011, the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM) accredited the first 10 postgraduate programs in addiction medicine at institutions around the country.

Included in that groundbreaking group?


Three years later, ABAM established the National Center for Physician Training in Addiction Medicine, charged with developing curricula and training primary care providers to specialize in the field.

Which university was chosen for its headquarters?


That’s one way of saying that you’ve come to the right place.

At a time when patients with substance abuse disorders occupy up to 40 percent of all hospital beds, UB is raising the profile of — and training standards in — addiction medicine. Our individualized fellowship is leading the way, creating an unparalleled path to becoming credentialed in this much-needed specialty.

Train at a treatment center, and you’ll become familiar with a narrow model of care.

Train at UB, and specialized faculty within our large Department of Family Medicine will teach you a multitude of treatment approaches.

You won’t be limited to a single training facility, but hone your skills in clinical sites ranging from a major academic hospital to a residential treatment program to urban and suburban outpatient clinics, including a dedicated addiction medicine practice.

Within this diverse learning environment, you’ll care for a broad patient base, one that includes adolescents, pregnant women and people who come from different walks of life, all sharing a common struggle.

Because we accept only one fellow into our program, you’ll receive our undivided attention as you train. Rather than requiring you to conform to a one-size-fits-all curriculum, we tailor our curriculum to match your professional interests and goals.

As a result, you’ll emerge from our program as not only a community expert in substance use disorders, but as a health care leader poised to train the next generation of addiction medicine physicians. What’s more, your expertise will position you to make system change — to shape health care practice and policy, to direct critical resources toward this devastating public health epidemic.

There’s no better time to launch your career in addiction medicine than right now — and no better place to train than right here.

If you have any questions about our program, please don’t hesitate to contact me.


Tildabeth Doscher, MD, MPH
Program Director