Phone: 301-656-3378 x387
Since 2013, Dr. Kunz has been the Executive Vice President of the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM) and the American College of Academic Addiction Medicine (formerly The Addiction Medicine Foundation) and previously served as president of both. He is a graduate of the University of Hawaii’s John A. Burns School of Medicine and serves there in the clinical faculty. Dr. Kunz has practiced primary care and addiction medicine in Hawaii for 40 years.
Under his executive leadership at ABAM and ACAAM over 4,000 physicians have received national certification in addiction medicine; the field of addiction medicine gained recognition by the ABMS and the ACGME; and 62 one year addiction medicine fellowships have been established and accredited. Dr. Kunz has authored or co-authored journal articles in the field of addiction medicine, and is a Section Editor for the field’s primary text, Principles of Addiction Medicine. In the recently published 6th Edition of this text, he authored the chapter The Addiction Medicine Physician as a Change Agent for Prevention and Public Health. Dr. Kunz has had a career interest in issues of interdisciplinary care and the provision of equitable care to underserved populations, especially those with SUDs. Since 2014, he has been the PI on $3.5M of addiction medicine workforce development grants from philanthropic and governmental sources.
Dr. Kunz has received recognition for his local, state and national work in addiction prevention and treatment. He has been a recipient of the AMERSA John P. McGovern Award for Excellence in Medical Education; Clinician of the Year Award from the Hawaii Medical Association; Outstanding Service Award- Hawaii Island Rural Health Association; the Governor’s Kilohana Award for Outstanding Volunteerism; and the Annual Award of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Kunz is focused on expanding the addiction medicine physician workforce and the development of fellowship training programs for the purpose of bringing evidence informed prevention and treatment to patients, families and health care systems.
Phone: 301-656-3378 x379
Catherine Saunders is the Chief Operating Officer for the American College of Academic Addiction Medicine (ACAAM). She implements and maintains the integrity of the daily operations while ensuring fiscally sound initiatives. She also manages all organizational logistics for meetings and conferences. Ms. Saunders was first introduced to the field of addiction medicine in 2014 while serving as the Director of Marketing and Communications for the American Board of Addiction Medicine. Before that, she held several upper management positions in the non-profit sector ranging from education, federal grant administration, meetings, and conference exhibits. Prior to transitioning to the non-profit world, Ms. Saunders held leadership roles spanning over 25 years in the financial industry. With her financial background and not-for-profit expertise, Ms. Saunders interprets the strategic vision and transforms it into data-driven, profitable operations.
Phone: 301-656-3378 x375