Garrett O'Connor, MD Receives Award Recognizing Lifetime Of Achievement

Garrett O’Connor, MD, received an award on the opening evening of the California Society of Addiction Medicine's (CSAM's) State of the Art Conference at the Hyatt Regency in Long Beach, California, to honor the profound contributions that he has made to the field of addiction medicine.

O’Connor took the stage accompanied by his wife, Fionnula Flanagan, and told the tale of his life, weaving in notes about the evolution of CSAM over the past four decades. Anybody who has experienced a Garrett O’Connor speech knows there is no way to describe the impact he is able to achieve through spoken word. With his signature mix of honesty, wit, tenderness, and humor, he covered everything from biography and genetics to the ravage of addiction and the promise of fellowship. Dr. O’Connor’s riveting presentation was followed by tributes from long time CSAM colleagues, friends, and leaders. One by one, Peter Banys, MD, Gail Shultz, MD, Timmen Cermak, MD, Jeffery Wilkins, MD, Gail Jara, Tom McLellan, MD, and Karen Miotto, MD, shared the ways in which Dr. O’Connor had personally and deeply moved them and influenced the practice of addiction medicine.  CSAM presented him with a stunning glass statue commemorating his ceaseless efforts to give voice to those who have been silenced by their disease. The inscription read "Garrett O'Connor, MD, who speaks for the 'invisible people' and inspires us to do the same."

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Photo #1: The California Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM) recognized Garrett O'Connor, MD, President of the Betty Ford Institute, for a lifetime of achievement in addiction medicine. At the ceremony held at CSAM's State of the Art Conference in Long Beach, CA, Karen Miotto, MD, presented Dr. O'Connor with a stunning glass statue commemorating his ceaseless efforts to give voice to those who have been silenced by the disease of addiction. The inscription read "Garrett O'Connor, MD, who speaks for the 'invisible people' and inspires us to do the same.

Photo #2: Garrett O'Connor, MD, President, Betty Ford Institute, was surrounded by colleagues from the California Society of Addiction Medicine after receiving an award honoring him for the profound contributions he has made to the field of addiction medicine. Pictured from left back row are: Timmen Cermak, MD, CSAM President, Jeffery Wilkins, MD, CSAM President-elect, Kerry Parker, CAE, CSAM Executive Director; front row from left: Dr. O'Connor's wife Fionnula Flanagan, and Dr. O'Connor standing between Karen Miotto, MD and Jean Marsters, MD, both are members of members of the CSAM Executive Council.