We are proud to announce that Dr. Peter K. Finelli, D.O., FASAM was certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM). He is the first physician in the United States to receive such a distinction. As an independent medical specialty board, ABAM used to specifically certify only psychiatrists. They have recently branched out and are now awarding the recognition to addiction medicine physicians from a variety of specialties.
The President of ABAM asserts that the board wants to screen, intervene, treat, and prevent addiction. They want addiction management and prevention to be a solid aspect of medical care. The board looks to set standards for education and assessment of physicians and requires/tracks that they continue to learn throughout their careers. ABAM looks to address the concern that even though one in five Americans in the health care system deals with substance abuse, addiction is not a specialized area.
Everyone at Turning Point is proud of Dr. Finelli’s distinction. We value his skill and education and know that our patient are receiving quality care. He has served on numerous hospital committees, boards, and in advisory roles in Northern New Jersey. He also has extensive experience as an educator. We know that Dr. Finelli is an asset to the medical community.
Given the lack of physician training and low attention on addiction medicine, it is a good thing that ABAM is certifying worthy physicians. We hope this certification targets the problem of drug and alcohol addiction.