2016 Hawai’i Addictions Conference


We have reached capacity for the 2016 Hawaii Addictions Conference and are NO LONGER accepting guest registrations. Unfortunately, walk-in registration will NOT be available. Our sincerest apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

hac2015image3The University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine and the Departments of Psychiatry and Family Medicine are proud to present the 2016 Hawaii Addictions Conference, Hawaii’s premiere training, education, networking, and skill-building opportunity centering on addictions. This year’s theme of “Emerging Trends in Treatment and Addiction” will focus on new horizons in the diagnosis and treatment of addictions, breakthroughs in evidence-based research, the changing climate of drug policy, and the current culture of patient care.

Friday, May 6, 2016 from 7:00 AM to 4:30 PM (HST)

Who should attend?

  • Physicians and Clinicians
  • Social Workers
  • Substance Abuse Counselors and Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Nurses
  • Physician Residents
  • Students
  • Researchers and Academics
  • Policy Makers and Advocates

Speaker Bios

Keynote Speaker: Andrew Kolodny, MD

AndrewKolodnyDr. Andrew Kolodny is the Chief Medical Officer of Phoenix House, a nonprofit addiction treatment organization and he is a senior scientist at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. Dr. Kolodny is also the Executive Director and co-founder of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing (PROP). Dr. Kolodny was previously the Chair of Psychiatry at Maimonides Medical Center in New York City. He has a long standing interest in Public Health. Prior to his position at Maimonides, he was the Medical Director for Special Projects in the Office of the Executive Deputy Commissioner for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. For New York City, he helped develop and implement multiple programs to improve the health of New Yorkers and save lives, including city-wide buprenorphine programs, naloxone overdose prevention programs and emergency room-based screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT) programs for drug and alcohol misuse.

Representative Della Au Belatti

dellaaubelattiRep. Belatti has been a member of the Hawaii House of Representatives since January 2007, representing District 24. She Chairs the House Committee on Health. Outside of her congressional duties, Representative Belatti is an attorney at the Law Office of Eric A. Seitz.

David Barton, MD

davidbartonDavid J. Barton, MD is a clinician in pain medicine and a medical political activist. Undergraduate education was completed in chemistry at Brigham Young University, followed by medical school at the University of Utah. He has been a physician for 32 years. Post graduate training included full general surgery and plastic surgery residencies in Los Angeles and Utah, with a research fellowship in plastic surgery at USC/Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. He was in private practice in plastic surgery in Las Vegas for 6 years. In 1998, he became a pain patient for 5 years after cervical spine surgery. In 2003, he retrained in pain medicine at the University of Utah Pain Center. Past board certifications were obtained from the American Board of Surgery, the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and American Board of Pain Medicine. He currently has a limited practice in pain medicine on Oahu at Hawaiian-Pacific Pain and Palliative Care.

Dr. Barton is a lifetime member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He is a present member of the American Academy of Pain Medicine, the International Cannabinoid Research Society, and the Hawaii Medical Association.

Military service: United States Army Reserve, General Surgeon, Medical Corp Officer, Major, 1990-1999, with temporary active duty in Desert Storm, and an honorable discharge.

William F. Haning, III, MD, DFASAM

williamhaningWilliam F. Haning, III, MD, DFASAM, DFAPA is a Professor of Psychiatry at the John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii. He currently serves as the Program Director of the Psychiatry Residency Training Program and is the Associate Chair of Education for the Department of Psychiatry. He is the principal investigator for the Pacific Addiction Research Center (PARC). Dr. Haning is certified in Addiction Medicine, Addiction Psychiatry, and General Psychiatry. He lives in Manoa Valley, Hawaii but really does have some experience of the Outside World.

Ana Hilde, MD, MPH

anahildeDr. Hilde attended the University of Oregon in Eugene where she obtained a bachelors’ degree in international studies. She became involved in community organizing for peace and social justice which eventually led her to travel to El Salvador to participate in election monitoring and volunteer health care work. Her interest in medicine was postponed by an opportunity to teach bilingual kindergarten in Pasadena, CA and then followed by a move to Seattle, WA to pursue work in harm reduction with a community based organization that provided services to homeless chronically mentally ill and substance users. This experience influenced her decision to finally apply to medical school and she eventually found her way to Portland, OR for a combined MD/MPH program. She was a recipient of a National Health Service Corp Scholarship and continues to be dedicated to providing services to underserved populations. She has a strong interest in research and her MPH thesis involved conducting a study looking at the relationship between social isolation and risk behaviors among women injection drug users. Additionally she took a hiatus from med school to work as research associate conducting clinical trials in substance abuse treatment effectiveness. Her interests in psychiatry include addictions with a focus on adolescents as well as individual and group psychotherapy.

Gil Ikehara, CSAC, LMHC

Mr. Ikehara is a Licensed Certified Substance Abuse Counselor who has over 15 years’ experience in the field of addictions. Mr. Ikehara currently works as the Addiction Consult Liaison at Tripler Army Medical Center in the Addictions Medical Intensive Outpatient Program (AMIOP).

Wesley Kim, MD

wesleykimDr. Wesley Kim is the Medical Director of Diagnostic Laboratory Services and is board-certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology and Clinical Chemistry. He is a partner at Hawaii Pathologists’ Laboratory and is the Associate Program Director of the University of Hawaii Pathology Residency Program. His research interests include microbiology and clinical chemistry.

Mahealani Lum, DO

mahealanilumMahealani Lum is currently a 2nd year UH Family Medicine Resident. She is originally from Aiea, and she is planning to practice primary care in rural Hawaii. Her interests include lomilomi and lāʻau lapʻau.

Heather Lusk

Heather Lusk is the Executive Director at the CHOW Project, Hawai`i’s statewide syringe exchange and harm reduction agency and the Co-Director and Founder of Hep Free Hawaii. Heather has over 20 years of experience working in the areas of HIV/STDs/viral hepatitis, sexual health and harm reduction. Heather is currently on the Board of Directors of the Drug Policy Forum of Hawai`i and was appointed by Gov. Abercrombie to the Hawai`i Advisory Council on Drug Abuse and Controlled Substances where she serves as Chair. She is the Secretary for the Partners in Care Homeless Service Provider Coalition in Hawaii as well as the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable, the Nation’s largest viral hepatitis advocacy organization. Heather is currently finishing her Masters of Social Work at Hawaii Pacific University.

Gerald McKenna, MD

geraldmckennaDr. McKenna graduated from Marist College in New York with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology in May 1962. He received his MD from the State University of New York – Upstate Health Sciences University, Syracuse, New York in May, 1966. He completed a rotating internship at San Francisco General Hospital, University of California, from July 1, 1966, to June 30, 1967.

Dr. McKenna completed a residency in Psychiatry at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center, Harvard Medical School, 1967 to 1970. He was a Chief Resident at the Cambridge Hospital Department of Psychiatry, at that time an integral part of the Massachusetts Mental Health Center, from 1969 to 1970.

He served years in the United States Air Force as a captain from 1970 to 1971 as Chief of Psychiatry at the 11th US Air Force Hospital, U-Tapao, Thailand, and then as a Major at the Pentagon, working with the Social Actions Assistance Team from August 1971 to August 1972.

He was on the faculty of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School from 1972 to 1980 as an Instructor of Psychiatry. He was then on the faculty of the UCLA School of Medicine as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry from 1980 to 1988.

He relocated to Kaua’i where he has been in the practice of General Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine from March 1988 until the present time. He is currently a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawai’i.

Dr. McKenna has been the Medical Director of the McKenna Recovery Center, an outpatient addiction treatment program from1989 to the present. He currently lives with his family on Kaua’i.

Peter Przekop, DO, PhD

peterprzekopPeter Przekop, D.O., Ph.D., is an academic physician with appointments in neurology, pediatrics, and psychiatry and an osteopath who directs the pain management track at the Betty Ford Center, a part of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, in Rancho Mirage, CA.

After he completed a degree in psychology, he was named a Martlett Scholar at McGill University and completed a year of advanced studies in psychology. He began an intense interest in the relationship between mind and body and finished a Masters in psychology and a Ph.D. in neuroscience. His research focused upon the relationship between the developing brain and environmental stimulation.
After postdoctoral studies, Dr. Przekop entered osteopathic medical school. After graduation, he pursued training in internal medicine and neurology and then completed a fellowship in addiction and pain. He is Board Certified in Neurology and Addiction Medicine.

Since 2004, he has been a member of the faculty at Loma Linda University Medical School. His interests are in the relationship between pain and brain dysfunction, and he utilizes various techniques including functional imaging studies.

Dr. Przekop is also interested in developing integrative treatments for chronic pain patients. He has created an integrated treatment paradigm for chronic pain patients called neurocognitive enhancement. He founded the Pediatric Chronic Pain and Headache Clinic at Loma Linda Children’s Hospital in 2008. He has published over 40 articles and is active in teaching students, residents, and fellows.

Christian Schrader, MD

christianschraderDr Schrader is currently an Addictions Fellow with an interest in opioid and pain management. Currently a Major in the United States Army, he is a staff psychiatrist at Tripler Army medical center and prior to that was Department Chair of Behavior Health at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He was deployed to eastern Afghanistan in 2013, where he functioned both as a practicing physician and provided clinical oversight and supervision to the providers and medics in his unit.

Peter Silva

Peter Tuiolosega Silva is an epidemiological specialist for the Department of Health, specializing in HIV, STDs and hepatitis on the Big Island of Hawai’i. He first began his career in Harm Reduction with Life Foundation in 1998 and served as the Director of Prevention Services, implementing a harm reduction based approach to supervision. He then spent three years as a capacity builder for the governments and community agencies of the U.S.-affiliated Pacific Island jurisdictions, including Guam, Palau, and American Samoa. Peter is now home, serving his community on the Big Island of Hawai’i, and is a Pacific consultant for the Office of Minority Health.

Tricia Wright, MD, MS

triciawrightTricia Wright, MD MS is an assistant professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine and founder, former medical director, and now Women’s Health Liaison of the PATH Clinic, an outreach clinic of Waikiki Health Center, which provides prenatal, postpartum and family planning to women with a history of substance use disorders. She is board certified in both Ob/Gyn and Addiction Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American Society of Addiction Medicine. She has been waivered to provide buprenorphine since 2009, and has treated both pregnant and non-pregnant women.

She won funding approval in 2006 from the Hawaii legislature to start a perinatal clinic for women with substance use, the first in the state. The Path Clinic opened in 2007, and has seen over 300 pregnant women since that time. She completed her Master’s Degree in Clinical Research from the University of Hawaii in 2009, her thesis paper studying the disparities of smoking and drug use rates during pregnancy of Native Hawaiian women. Her research interests include substance use disorders among pregnant women, including barriers to family planning, best practices for treatment, and the effects of methamphetamine and tobacco on the placenta.

Conference Schedule

Time Activity Speaker
7:00am Registration and Continental Breakfast
7:45am Introduction & Overview of Conference Objectives William Haning, MD, DFASAM
8:00am Grand Rounds Presentation:
Responding to the Opioid Addiction Epidemic
Andrew Kolodny, MD
9:00am Laboratory Testing Issues in Drug Abuse Wesley Kim, MD
9:30am Insomnia and Sleep Medication Dependence Christian Schrader, MD
10:00am Networking Coffee Break
10:15am Chronic Pain and Substance Use Disorder: The Crossroad Peter Przekop, DO, PhD
11:15am Harm Reduction as Evidence-Based Practice Heather Lusk & Peter Silva
11:45am Case Conference Mahealani Lum, DO
12:15pm Lunch & Poster Sessions
1:15pm Seven Myths About Pregnancy and Addiction Tricia Wright, MD, MS
1:45pm Workout Substances Gil Ikehara, CSAC, LMHC
2:15pm Case Conference Ana Hilde, MD, MPH
2:45pm Networking Coffee Break
3:00pm Medical Marijuana Laws in Hawaii Representative Della Au Belatti
3:30pm Medical Marijuana Debate Gerald McKenna, MD & David Barton, MD
4:30pm Closing Remarks
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The Queen’s Conference Center – 510 S. Beretania St. Honolulu, HI 96813

Parking Information

  • Visitors to Queen’s Medical Center are highly encouraged to valet park at the Miller Street Garage. Parking validation will be provided at the conference center. There is a $5 parking fee to be paid upon exit, and valet gratuity is optional.
  • To access Miller Street Garage, enter the Queen’s Medical Center campus from Punchbowl Street and proceed into the underground tunnel. Pull forward to the parking attendant.
  • Vehicle Pick-Up: Upon drop-off a valet will give you special instructions for where to pick up your vehicle.
  • For a Parking Garage Map and additional parking information, please visit: http://queensmedicalcenter.org/parking-information

2016 HAC Brochure

2016 HAC VTC Location Info (5/6/16 Updated)


•The Hawai’i Consortium for Continuing Medical Education (HCCME) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
•The HCCME designates this live activity for a maximum of 8 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
•The State of Hawai’i, Department of Health Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division designates this activity for a maximum of 8 CEU/CE credits.
•The National Association of Social Workers, Hawai’i Chapter designates this activity for a maximum of 8 CEU credits.
•This educational activity is also eligible for a maximum of 8 CE credits for nurses, APRNs.
•Verification of attendance will be provided upon request.