RALEIGH, NC (April 13, 2021) – Blake Fagan, MD, and Eric Morse, MD were both awarded the Frederick B. Glaser Award on April 9 at the Addiction Medicine 2021 conference. The biennial award, given by the Governor’s Institute and the NC Chapter of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), honors addiction medicine physicians for achievement and meritorious service in the domains of substance use disorder treatment, education, research and leadership. This year’s awarding committee was deadlocked, a first for the award, and a telling sign of the quality of addiction doctors in the Tar Heel state.
Dr. Fagan, a family physician at the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) in Asheville and a professor in the Department of Family Medicine at UNC-Chapel Hill, has served as the co-director of the Office-Based Opioid Treatment (OBOT) services provided at MAHEC’s Family Health Center since its inception in 2015. Dr. Morse, an addiction and sports psychiatrist, is the medical director for two Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs) and a program physician at five Morse Clinics across the Triangle. Both physicians have been pivotal in increasing access to MOUD in NC through extensive training, mentoring and technical assistance to other physicians and advanced practice providers.
2019 Glaser Award recipient Dr. Steve Wyatt announced the 2021 awardees in front of a virtual crowd of more than 200 attendees. The presentation followed a full day of engaging talks focused on addiction medicine in the context of a pandemic as well as clinically relevant SUD knowledge and skills for physicians, APPs and other providers working in a variety of healthcare settings.
According to the Governor’s Institute’s Executive Director Dr. Sara McEwen, “Both of these physicians have played pivotal roles in increasing access to medications for opioid use disorder in North Carolina. They represent two different paths into addiction medicine: Dr. Morse trained in addiction psychiatry and Dr. Fagan is a family physician who, in the course of his practice, recognized how opioid use disorder and substance use disorder more generally were affecting the health of his patients and the broader community. Between the 2 of them, these physicians have trained and mentored hundreds of physicians and APPs and that impact will be felt for many years.”
For more information, please contact Amy Johnson, Communications Manager at the Governor’s Institute at 919.256.7414.