Fairbanks medical director appointed Indiana ASAM president-elect

Fairbanks Medical Director Dr. Darrin Mangiacarne, DO, MPH, CPE, has been appointed president-elect of the Indiana chapter of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM).

Founded in 1954, the ASAM is a professional society representing thousands of physicians, clinicians and associated professionals in the addiction medicine field. The organization’s goals include increasing access and improving the quality of addiction treatment, educating physicians and the public, supporting research and prevention and promoting the appropriate role of physicians in the care of patients with addiction.

Currently the Indiana chapter’s secretary, Mangiacarne is finishing the term of the previous president who moved out of state. Mangiacarne will begin his own two-year term as president in March 2018. He has been a member of the national ASAM for almost a decade.

“I’m excited about this opportunity,” Mangiacarne said. “I’d like for us to increase our membership and have a greater profile when it comes to shaping policy for addiction treatment. Access to treatment continues to be a top concern, as well as recruiting enough talent to adequately address this public health issue.”

Mangiacarne assumed the position of medical director at Fairbanks in June 2015. He previously was the medical director at Virginia Premier Health Plan and also was an addictionologist for Pine Grove Behavioral Health and Addiction Services in Hattiesburg, Miss., where he was responsible for the Women’s Center and Legacy Program. Mangiacarne is board certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine and the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from Lycoming College, his master’s degree in public health from the University of Southern Mississippi and his medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

For more information about the Indiana Society of Addiction Medicine, visit its website at www.asam.org/indiana.