American Board of Medical Specialties Officially Recognizes Addiction Medicine as a Subspecialty

Drs. Gideonse & Risser Named

03/14/16  Portland, Ore.


The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) has declared Addiction Medicine a subspecialty that brings together people committed to addiction medicine in multiple disciplines, including faculty in internal medicine, family medicine, psychiatry, anesthesia, and neurology.

Now officially recognized as subspecialists are OHSU Family Medicine's Nicholas Gideonse, M.D., and Amanda Risser, M.D.

The subspecialty of Addiction Medicine is defined as the prevention, evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of persons with the disease of addiction, of those with substance-related health conditions, and of people who show unhealthy use of substances including nicotine, alcohol, prescription medications and other licit and illicit drugs. Physicians specializing in this field also help family members whose health and functioning are affected by a loved one's substance use or addiction. 

This special skill set comes at a time of high need, in a setting that desperately needs it. Drs. Gideonse and Risser will be essential players in helping OHSU better manage its community's substance abuse needs. 

Read the full press release here.