2013 Awards Program

Awards Banquet 
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.


Please join us for the centerpiece of our Conference, a moving tribute to those individuals who have been nominated and selected by their peers for extraordinary service in the opioid treatment community. These successful Award recipients have devoted themselves to improving the lives of patients in our treatment system. Dr. Vincent Dole and Dr. Marie Nyswander were the first recipients of this Award in 1983. The Association has been responsible for bestowing this honor since the first Regional Conference of 1984 in New York.  Please click HERE to view a listing of all of our award recipients spanning from 1983 to the present.

The Nyswander/Dole “Marie” Awards will be presented by A. Thomas McLellan, PhD, CEO and Co-Founder of the Treatment Research Institute, Philadelphia, PA.

The 2013 American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence Conference recognizes outstanding contributions to opioid treatment by honoring the following individuals with the Nyswander/Dole Award.


Past Nyswander/Dole Award Recipients 


The prestigious Friend of the Field Award was established by AATOD’s Board of Directors. This award recognizes extraordinary contributions to the field of opioid treatment by an individual whose work, although not directly related to opioid treatment, has had a significant impact on our field. The 2013 Friend of the Field Award has been awarded to:


Richard Lane was a long-term heroin user who, upon release from prison in 1967, was instrumental in establishing one of the Nation’s first methadone treatment programs. In 1974, he became the Executive Director of Man Alive and later served as Vice President of the American Methadone Treatment Association and as Vice Chairman of the Governor’s Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse in Maryland.Mr. Lane was a passionate advocate for methadone treatment and, by disclosing his own treatment experiences, provided inspiration to patients and colleagues alike.

Robert Holden was also a recovering heroin user, who later became the Director of PIDARC, an outpatient methadone treatment program in the District of Columbia. He later served as the Vice President of AATOD, succeeding Richard Lane’s term of office. This award was established in 1995 and recognizes extraordinary achievements in patient advocacy.

Ira J. Marion, MA (Posthumously)
Prior to his death, Ira Marion was the Assistant to the University Chairman and Director – Government Relations Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and the former Executive Director of the Division of Substance Abuse, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Mr. Marion provided consultation and leadership for many professional organizations in order to provide better services to patients and to reduce the stigma associated with medication assisted treatment. He served on the New York State Governor’s Substance Abuse Advisory Council and as a Member of the Board of Directors and Past President of the Association of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers (ASAP) of New York State. Mr. Marion served as President of the Board of Directors of the New York State Committee of Methadone Program Administrators (COMPA) and was Past First Vice President and a Member of the AATOD Board. He was also Co-Chair of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment’s (CSAT) Consensus Panel on Medication Assisted Treatment. He served on the board of the National Alliance for Medication Assisted Recovery and was instrumental in finding a home for the Medication Assisted Recovery Support (MARS) Project in the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Ira was an indefatigable supporter of the right of patients to be decision making partners throughout treatment and recovery, and in fighting against the stigma that affects patients and treatment providers.


Supported through a grant from Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals




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