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Dartmouth Center on Addiction, Recovery & Education

7764 Parker House
Hanover, NH 03755
Phone: 603-646-9215
Fax: 603-646-9151

Seddon R. Savage

Dr. Seddon Savage is a clinician, educator and policy consultant in the fields of addiction medicine and pain medicine. She earned a BA from Barnard College 1973, an MS from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1976 and her MD from Dartmouth Medical School in 1980. A board certified anesthesiologist, she was certified in addiction medicine by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) in 1990 and is an elected fellow of ASAM. She earned a certificate of added qualifications (CAQ) in pain medicine from the American Board of Anesthesiology (1992) and is certified in pain medicine by the American Academy of Pain Medicine (1996).

Dr. Savage has held a number of national leadership positions in addiction medicine and pain medicine. She chaired the ASAM Committee on Pain from 1990-2003. She chaired the joint Liaison Committee on Pain and Addiction (LCPA) between the American Society of Addiction Medicine, the America Pain Society and the American Academy of Pain Medicine from 1999 through September 2005. She has served as a consultant to the U.S. Centers for Substance Abuse Treatment on problems of prescription drug abuse, currently chairing a work group on clinician education in addiction and pain management and recently co-chairing a two-day interagency meeting that evaluated reports of rising methadone deaths. She serves on the ASAM Committee on Office Based Opioid Agonist Therapy. She is the 2004 recipient of the Maria Nyswander Humanitarian Award, an international award acknowledging leadership in addressing issues of pain and chemical dependency.

She is an Associate Professor on the adjunct faculty of Dartmouth Medical School (DMS), has directed the Dartmouth Center on Addiction Recovery and Education (DCARE) since September 2004, and has variously taught medical students, residents and fellows in Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) system since 1987. She served on the DMS Physician Health Committee from 1992 through 1998, and chaired the Physician Health Committee at DHMC from 1994 – 1996.

Dr. Savage’s recent publications include an article on "Assessment for Addiction in Pain Treatment Settings" in the Clinical Journal of Pain 2002 and "Definitions related to the Medical Use of Opioids: Towards Universal Consensus" in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, July 2003. She is co-editor of the Pain Section of the ASAM Principles of Addiction Medicine (1st, 2nd and 3rd editions), a key textbook of addiction medicine. Dr. Savage is a frequently invited speaker at regional, national and international meetings and has led numerous workshops and conferences on substance abuse issues and pain. She has participated in media briefings and panels on substance abuse and pain issues at the request of different organizations, including the AMA, the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse of Columbia University (CASA), the National Institutes of Drug Abuse and the American Society of Law Medicine and Ethics.

Dr. Savage was a contractor with the U.S. Centers for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) (9/2000 through 10/2002) for a planning project aimed at integrating treatment of addictive disorders, including opioid agonist therapy of opioid addiction, into primary care practices throughout New Hampshire. The project identified a state-wide network of clinicians interested in office based management of addictions, refined a proposed model of services, and yielded extensive survey information on current practices in terms of screening and assessment.

Dr. Savage is an elected associate of Leadership New Hampshire (1999), an interdisciplinary group of professionals in leadership positions throughout the State committed to improving State systems. She served as president of the New Hampshire Medical Society in 2007, has served on the NHMS Executive Committee for eight years, on the Physician Health Committee for over ten years and has chaired Medical Society Task Forces on Pain, on End of Life Care and, currently, chairs a Task Force on Prescription Medication Abuse.

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Last Updated: 12/11/09