Maureen Strohm, MD
Dr. Strohm is a Clinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine at USC's Keck School of Medicine and the founding Family Medicine Residency Director at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage. Since 1984, Dr. Strohm has had a career in family medicine education, with a focus on addiction medicine education of medical students and residents. From 1995 to 2009, she served as Residency Director for the USC/California Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program, and is now developing a new Family Medicine Residency at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage and planning key components of training in collaboration with our colleagues at the Betty Ford Center.
Ernest J. Vasti, MD
Dr. Vasti attended the Medical College Of Wisconsin and graduated in 1983. He completed his family medicine residency at San Joaquin General Hospital in Stockton. He is certified in Addiction Medicine and has spent his entire career in the capacity of 'medication assisted treatment. He also serves as volunteer faculty at UC Davis.
Garrett O'Connor, MD
Dr. Connor was an internationally renowned psychiatrist and addiction medicine physician. He was Medical Director of Beit T'shuvah Residential Treatment Center. He served as the Chief Psychiatrist at the Betty Ford Center, prior to becoming the President of the Betty Ford Institute. He is remembered for combining scientific rigor and passion with honesty, wit, tenderness, and humor. Dr. O’Connor had a strong commitment to medical education about addiction and gave everything he could to help those suffering from the disease of addiction, including by sharing his own personal struggles with the disease. And he consistently argued that as we come to a better understanding of the biological roots of addiction, we need to not lose sight of psychological and social factors and the importance of spirituality in recovery.