Keynote Speakers

Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams – US Surgeon General

Jerome M. Adams, MD, MPH, the 20th Surgeon General of the United States, was sworn into office by Vice President Mike Pence on September 5, 2017. Dr. Adams, a board-certified anesthesiologist, served as Indiana State Health Commissioner from 2014 to 2017. Dr. Adams, a Maryland native, has bachelor's degrees in both biochemistry and psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, a master of public health degree from the University of California at Berkeley, and a medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine.

Dr. Adams was also an associate professor of clinical anesthesia at Indiana University School of Medicine and a staff anesthesiologist at Eskenazi Health, where he was Chair of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. He has served in leadership positions at a number of professional organizations, including the American Medical Association, the Indiana State Medical Association and the Indiana Society of Anesthesiologists. He is the immediate past Chair of the Professional Diversity Committee for the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

As Health Commissioner, Dr. Adams presided over Indiana's efforts to deal with the state's unprecedented HIV outbreak. In this capacity, he worked directly with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as with state and local health officials and community leaders, and brought the widest range of resources, policies and care available to stem the epidemic affecting that community.

He also helped with the successful launch of Indiana's state-based, consumer-driven alternative to Medicaid expansion and worked with the state legislature to secure more than $10 million to combat infant mortality in high-risk areas of the state.

Dr. Adams' motto as Surgeon General is "better health through better partnerships." As Surgeon General, Dr. Adams is committed to maintaining strong relationships with the public health community and forging new partnerships with non-traditional partners, including business and law enforcement.

He has pledged to lead with science, facilitate locally led solutions to the nation's most difficult health problems, and deliver higher quality healthcare at lower cost through patient and community engagement and better prevention.

As Surgeon General, Dr. Adams oversees the operations of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, which has approximately 6,500 uniformed health officers who serve in nearly 600 locations around the world to promote, protect and advance the health and safety of our nation and our world.

John Kelly, PhD

Dr. Kelly is the Elizabeth R. Spallin Associate Professor of Psychiatry in Addiction Medicine at Harvard Medical School-the first ever endowed professor in addiction medicine at Harvard. He is the Founder and Director of the Recovery Research Institute at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and Associate Director of the Center for Addiction Medicine. Dr. Kelly is a former President, and current Fellow, of the American Psychological Association Society of Addiction Psychology. Dr. Kelly sits on numerous Scientific Advisory Boards and serves as consultant to U.S. federal agencies and foreign governments. With clinical and research expertise in addiction treatment and recovery, Dr. Kelly's work has highlighted the mechanisms of behavior change and the effects of stigma and discrimination on individuals suffering from substance use disorder.

With over two decades of research, Dr. Kelly has published more than 140 peer-reviewed articles, reviews, and chapters in the field of addiction science. He is an Associate Editor for several academic journals and was an author on the 2016 Surgeon General's report "Facing Addiction in America." Dr. Kelly is also the blogger of Addiction & Recovery 101 for Psychology Today.

As a clinical psychologist, Dr. Kelly continues to see patients weekly.

Marvin Seppala, MD

Marvin Seppala, MD, is chief medical officer at Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, and serves as adjunct Assistant Professor at the Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies. His responsibilities include overseeing all interdisciplinary clinical practices, maintaining and improving standards of care, and supporting growth strategies for residential and nonresidential addiction treatment programs and services throughout the country.

Seppala attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, and is a graduate of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. He obtained his M.D. at Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minnesota, serving his residency in psychiatry and a fellowship in addiction at University of Minnesota Hospitals in Minneapolis.

Seppala is author of Clinician's Guide to the Twelve Step Principles, a McGraw-Hill/Hazelden book published in 2002. He co-authored When Painkillers Become Dangerous, Hazelden Publishing, in 2004, followed by Pain-Free Living for Drug-Free People, Hazelden Publishing, in 2005. He is also the author of Prescription Painkillers: History, Pharmacology and Treatment, Hazelden Publishing (2010).

Seppala served as a board member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) for several years and is a national expert on addiction treatment. He has appeared as a guest on CBS's The Early Show, CNN, and National Public Radio. He has been quoted in The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, Newsweek and The Wall Street Journal