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Addiction Medicine and Addiction Medicine Fellowship

What is Addiction Medicine?

Addiction Medicine (ADM) involves the prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, and recovery of unhealthy substance use and substance use disorders. Care is provided to patients across the lifespan who have different degrees of disease severity. Care is provided by physicians and interprofessional teams who work in diverse settings—including clinical medicine, public health, education, and research.

The Practice of Addiction Medicine at Saint Louis University

At Saint Louis University, the practice of Addiction Medicine is characterized by:

  • Interprofessional Collaborative Practice that centers on the patient
  • Inpatient and emergency department consult and liaison service for patients with substance use disorders
  • Outpatient services and provider/team education in substance use disorder prevention and treatment
  • Continuity of care across SLUCare practices and community partners
  • Training of health professional students across disciplines to be providers and change agents in the practice of ADM
  • Research and program evaluation to promote excellence and disseminate best practices in the burgeoning field of ADM

Saint Louis University Addiction Medicine Fellowship (SLUAMF)

(First fellowship cohort anticipated to begin in July 2019)

  • The Saint Louis University Addiction Medicine Fellowship (SLUAAMF) provides training, educational services and advocacy in state-of-the-art, evidence-based treatment, prevention, and research in the treatment of addictive disorders. It is part of the SLU Family Medicine Residency Program.
  • Core faculty for the program include Jackie Landess, M.D. (Psychiatry), Mirela Marcu, M.D. (Psychiatry), Fred Rottnek, M.D., MAHCM (Family Medicine and program director), Jaye Shyken, M.D. (Maternal Fetal Medicine and OB/GYN), and Philip Wenger, PharmD (St. Louis College of Pharmacy).
  • Training sites for the fellowship
    • SSM Health facilities and practices, including
      • SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital
      • SSM Health Saint Mary’s Hospital
    • Saint Louis County Department of Public Health (health centers and correctional healthcare)

    • Family Care Health Centers

    •  Assisted Recovery Centers of America (ARCA),

    • And other community partners such as INSynergy, Missouri State Opioid Response, Missouri Network for Opiate Reform and Recovery

For information about the fellowship, please contact Dr. Rottnek at