ISAM Board of Directors


Dr. Alex Baldacchino (UK)

Dr. Alex Baldacchino (UK)

Dr. Alex Baldacchino (UK) MD, MRCPsych, FRCPsych, FRCPE, FISAM, MPhil, PhD

My main professional interest lies in improving the lives of individuals with a history of substance misuse problems. I hold a joint clinical academic position with the University of St Andrews as Professor of Medicine, Psychiatry and Addictions together with NHS Scotland as Senior Consultant and Clinical Director in Addiction Medicine with NHS Fife.

My research portfolios have a common thread of understanding the comorbid conditions (physical and psychological) arising as a result of chronic abuse of pharmacological agents of dependence potential especially opioids and alcohol. I am interested in utilising informatics and other digital health science systems, clinical outcome data, neuropsychological and neuroimaging processes amongst many other possibilities in order to identify and minimise risks present in this patient population

I graduated as a doctor in Malta in 1987 gaining my MD in the process. I eventually decided to study psychiatry as my clinical specialisation following a period of internal medicine jobs. I therefore joined the basic and higher psychiatric schemes in the UK (Cambridge, Edinburgh, Fife and London) in order to fulfil my requirements as a general psychiatrist and as a specialist in addiction medicine. I was awarded my Membership and Fellowship with the Royal College of Psychiatrists (United Kingdom) (MRCPsych in 1994 and FRCPsych in 2007) and Fellowship with the Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh) (FRCPE) in 2016. Always interested in research and teaching in addiction medicine I pursued an academic career alongside my basic medical and higher psychiatric training. I joined as a lecturer and senior lecturer with St George’s Hospital Medical School in London and then with Ninewells Hospital Medical School in Dundee. I was awarded my MPhil in Psychiatry from the University of Edinburgh in 1996 and a PhD in Medicine from the University of Dundee in 2012.

I am an Executive Board Member and Co-Chair for the Training and Education Committee of the International Society of Addiction Medicine (ISAM). In 2016 I have been awarded the ISAM Fellowship (FISAM). I am also founding member for the European Network for Training, Education and Research (ENTER)-Mental Health and the Centre for Addiction Research and Educations Scotland (CARES). Other positions include Associate Director for the Social Dimensions of Health Institute (SDHI), NHS Fife Research and Development (R&D) Director and President for ISAMDundee2015 World Congress.

Last but certainly not least I am honoured to spend time with patients who need the best of clinical care and compassion and where, I hope, my intervention makes a difference in their quality of life.


Dr. Kathleen Brady (USA)
Past President

Dr. Kathleen Brady (USA)

Dr. Kathleen T. Brady (USA) M.D., Ph.D.

Distinguished University Professor, Vice President for Research, Medical University of South Carolina

Dr. Brady is an experienced clinical and translational researcher and has been conducting scientific investigations and clinical work in the field of addictions and psychiatric disorders for over 30 years. Her research focuses on pharmacotherapy of substance use disorders, comorbidity of psychiatric disorders and addictions (e.g., posttraumatic stress disorder and bipolar disorder), gender differences and women’s issues in addictions, and the neurobiologic connections between stress and addictions. She has received numerous federal research grants and has published over 300 peer-reviewed journal articles and co-edited 10 books. She is the principal Investigator of MUSC’s Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA), Principal Investigator of the Southern Consortium Node of the NIDA-funded Clinical Trials Network and Director of MUSC’s Women’s Research Center.  Her dedication to furthering research careers has attracted a number of junior investigators and clinicians. She has mentored over 25 individual NIH-funded faculty development awards (K-awards) and is presently involved in three institutional faculty development programs (CTSA KL2; BIRCWH, NIDA K-12). She has been the Co-Director of MUSC’s NIH- funded post-doctoral fellowship program focused on translational research training in addictions for 15 years.


Dr. Hamad Al Ghaferi (UAE)

Dr. Hamad Al Ghaferi (UAE)

H.E. Dr Hamad Al Ghafri MBBS, MPH, PhD

H.E. Dr Hamad Al Ghafri is the Director General and the Head of the WHO Collaborative Centre for substance use prevention and treatment of substance use disorders (National Rehabilitation Centre Abu Dhabi). He received his medical degree from the Faculty of Medicine, Jordan University of Science and Technology in 1999 and his Masters in Public Health from Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Tulane University, USA in 2002. He obtained his PhD from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom in 2013.

Dr Hamad Al Ghafri serves in many national and international bodies. He is the Head of Higher Committee for Treatment, Rehabilitation and Social Re-integration and a Board Member of Anti Dugs Council in the UAE. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the College of Medicine and Health Sciences of the United Arab Emirates University.

Internationally he is the Chair of the Commissioners of the International Centre for Credentialing and Education of Addiction Professionals (ICCE) of the Colombo Plan. He is also the Vice President of the Arab Federation for Drug Prevention since 2005. He was a member of the Management Board that established the new journal the International Journal of Prevention and Treatment of Drug Use Disorders (IJPTSUD). Under his leadership this will be re-launched as the International Addiction Review (IAR) in 2017. He is a Mental Health Advisor to the Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office (EMRO) of the WHO and Chair of the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) of UNODC and WHO. He is a Board member of the International Society for Addiction Medicine and was the chair of the local organizing committee of ISAM 2017 conference.  He is also Emeritus Professor at the Faculty of Medicine, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Jordan.

His research interests include public health aspects and prevention of addiction, particularly in Arab countries. He has published widely in these areas.  He has a particular interest in promoting research in the developing world and dissemination of research information.

In recognition of his contribution to his field and the country, Dr. Hamad Al Ghafri was awarded the Sheik Rashed Award for Science and Culture in 2003 and 2014. In 2017, he was awarded the honor of Lifetime Membership of the American Society for Addiction Medicine.

Dr. Riaz Khan (Switzerland)

Dr. Riaz Khan (Switzerland)

Dr. Riaz Khan (Switzerland)

Dr. Shalini Arunogiri (Australia)
Training Officer

Dr. Shalini Arunogiri (Australia)
Dr Shalini Arunogiri MBBS(Hons) PhD FRANZCP (Cert. Addiction Psychiatry) MSc (Addiction Studies) MPsychiatry
Shalini is a consultant addiction psychiatrist and clinician researcher. She is Deputy Clinical Director at Turning Point, an Australian national addiction treatment and research centre; and Deputy Head and Senior Lecturer at the Department of Psychiatry at Central Clinical School, Monash University. Shalini is Chair of the RANZCP Binational Faculty of Addiction Psychiatry, the peak body for psychiatrists across Australia and New Zealand.
Her clinical and research interests include methamphetamine use and mental health problems, and women’s health and addictive disorders. She is an investigator on multiple Australian clinical trials of medication treatments for addiction, including DEBUT, N-ICE and LiMA. 
She is also mum to an energetic five year-old boy and a passionate advocate for women in STEMM and academia. She is active on social media at @SArunogiri.

Dr. Susanna Galea-Singer (New Zealand)
Education Committee

Dr. Helena Hansen (USA)
Communication Officer

Dr. Helena Hansen (USA)

Helena Hansen, MD, Ph.D., is Associate Professor in the Departments of Anthropology and Psychiatry at NYU. She has published widely in clinical and social science journals ranging from JAMA and NEJM to Social Science and Medicine and Medical Anthropology, on faith healing of addiction in Puerto Rico, psychiatric disability under welfare reform, opioids and race, ethnic marketing of pharmaceuticals, and structural competency. Her first book, Addicted to Christ: Remaking Men in Puerto Rican Pentecostal Drug Ministries was published by University of California Press in 2018, and her second book, Structural Competency in Medicine and Mental Health: A Case-Based Approach to Treating the Social Determinants of Health, with co-editor Jonathan Metzl, was published by Springer Press in 2019. She has received major funding from NIDA, the Mellon Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Dr. Marc Potenza (USA)
Publications Officer

Dr. Marc Potenza (USA)

I have extensive experience and expertise in studying the neurobiology of addictions. Over the past 20 years, I have investigated addictive behaviors and disorders from translational and interdisciplinary perspectives. I have investigated how a neurobiological understanding of addictive processes may be used to advance treatments for drug addictions. I was amongst the first to describe adolescence as a neurodevelopmental period of addiction vulnerability and have published extensively on adolescent risk behaviors including substance misuse. I have studied motivational and emotional processing in addictions. I have served as PI on multiple NIH (NIDA, NIAAA) R01 grants (continuous support for more than a decade) and have been PI on multiple center grants. I have established ongoing research collaborations in multiple countries including China, South Korea, Hungary, Spain, Italy and elsewhere. My international research includes multiple methodologies including brain imaging, genetics, clinical trials and epidemiological surveys. I consult on a regular basis to the World Health Organization on matters of addiction and am thus familiar with cultural and jurisdictional considerations in studying and understanding addictions. I have mentored over 100 individuals in the area of addiction research. I am currently a PI on a NIDA K12 grant that supports training of junior faculty to develop into the next generation of clinical researchers developing new and more effective treatments for people with addictions. I have also recently been designated a High Level Foreign Talent for collaborative work in China. I am currently a mentor to five individuals with K01 support.

Dr. Nady el-Guebaly (Canada)
Chief Examiner ex officio member

Dr. Nady el-Guebaly (Canada)


Dr. el-Guebaly’s introduction to mental health and addiction medicine dates back to 1969 during initial psychiatric training in the United Kingdom, followed by training in Canada and the United States

Addiction related work includes being the current Professor and Head of Division of Addiction, Department of Psychiatry at the University of Calgary, and the founding past Medical Director of the Calgary Health Region Addiction Centre and Program. Dr. el-Guebaly was the Founding Past President of the International Society of Addiction Medicine, its Executive Medical Director for another 6 years, and currently Chief Examiner of the International Certification Examination and Senior Editor of the recent Textbook of Addiction Treatment: International Perspectives (Springer 2015).

Dr. el-Guebaly completed three 3-year terms as Board Chair of the Alberta Gaming Research Institute, and is now the Alberta Gambling Research Institute’s current Research Director as well as Editor in Chief of the Canadian Journal of Addiction for the last 4 years. These interests have resulted in 260 peer-reviewed papers, 80 chapters, 568 presentations, and 60 past and current grants totaling $7 million.

He is a member, of Alberta’s Responsible Gambling Advisory Committee, the Royal College Addiction Medicine Specialty Committee, the Provincial Addiction Curricula and Experiential Skills Training for Alberta Health Services, and the CSAM Conference committee.



Mrs. Marilyn Dorozio
Office Administration

Mrs. Marilyn Dorozio

Mrs. Marilyn Dorozio

Marilyn specializes in event management and organization. From the initial proposal to project conclusion, clients worldwide know that their event will be managed with the same project management process Marilyn uses in every conference she takes on.

Sometimes referred to as the “organizing guru extraordinaire” Marilyn can also wrestle a client’s office from chaos to clarity by creating administrative systems for their paperwork and data, especially the financial, which typically is the stopping point for many small business owners.

Fluent in English, Spanish and a working knowledge of French, Marilyn is well-versed in differing cultural expectations and settings and offers the same C-Suite experience to each and every client.

Past Board Members
No Longer on Board

Past Board Members

Past Board Members no Longer on Board:

Alfredo SaavedraPeru
Anatolio MunozChile
Char ChenChina
Colin BrewerEngland
Daniel MartinezChile
David GastfriendUSA
David SmithUSA
Davinder MohanIndia
Doug Talbott USA
Flavi PoldrugoItaly
Gabrielle FischerAustria
Gabrielle Welle-StrandNorway
Giuseppe CarraItaly
Gregory BuntUSA
Gudbjorn BjornssonIceland
Hannu Alho Finland
Jens ReimerGermany
Joao da SilvaBrazil
Joaquim CarillhoPortugal
John SaundersAustralia
Jorge GleserIsrael
Marc GalanterUSA
Maria Cristina Delgado PichArgentina
Michael KrauszGermany
Paul HaberAustralia
Peter MecziemsCanada
Raju HajelaCanada
Saul AlvaradoPanama
Sung-Gon KimKorea
Susumu HiguchiJapan
Tarek Gawad, Past PresidentEgypt
Thorarinn TyrfingssonIceland
Wayne MoranHong Kong
Zhi CaiChina