Nady el-Guebaly, Overall Regional Representative Coordinator
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.
Tarek Gawad, Mediterranean, and the Middle East
Prof. Gawad is currently holding positions as Director of Treatment and Rehabilitation at the National rehabilitation centre of Abu Dhabi UAE. He is Professor of Psychiatry, Cairo University, Cairo Egypt.
He was graduated in 1981 from Faculty of Medicine Cairo University where he received his M.B. BCh ; Master degree in Psychological Medicine and Neurology (1985) ; MD Psychiatry (1991) and Diploma in Addiction Behaviour – Institute of Psychiatry, London University (1987) .
Since his graduation he was appointed as staff member at the department of Psychiatry Faculty of Medicine Cairo university where he is still holding his position as professor since 2001.
He served as the Past President of the International Society of Addiction Medicine (ISAM), the past Chair of the World Psychiatric Association Section of Addiction Psychiatry (WPA).
He participated and published numerous research covering most of psychiatric subjects notably in addiction. His primarily interested in comorbidy studies and developing addiction psychiatric services. He is the Co-PI of the Fogarty grant od Addiction Research between Cairo university and UCLA since 2012.
His goal is to achieve well-established scientifically-based centres in Drug Addiction with a suitable network both nationally and internationally.
Greg Bunt, North America
Dr. Gregory Bunt graduated medical school in 1983 from NYU School of Medicine, and completed his residency in Psychiatry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1987.
He was among the first to complete the Fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine (1989), and has since been on the NYU Medical School Faculty in the Division of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, currently as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with Special Added Qualifications in Addiction Psychiatry.
Dr. Bunt is the Immediate Past President of the New York Society of Addiction Medicine and currently the President of the International Society of Addiction Medicine. He has been the Medical Director for Daytop Village and Daytop International for 25 years. He has authored over a dozen publications, and speaks nationally and internationally about addiction medicine and therapeutic communities.
Alex Baldacchino. Europe
Dr Alex Baldacchino. MD, MRCPsych, FRCPsych, FRCPE, FISAM, MPhil, PhDMy 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 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.
Susumu Higuchi, Asia, and the Pacific