CANDIDATE FOR REGION VII: REGIONAL DIRECTOR
1. What are your greatest contributions to ASAM and the field of Addiction Medicine?
I have been a general ASAM member since completing psychiatry residency in 2006 and then immediately became the medical director of a local addiction program. I then opened two local, popular, private, outpatient, 6 month, addiction programs, Integrated Neuro-Science and most recently INSynergy. Only driven by my desire to implement new discoveries in the field of Addiction Medicine, these programs have prospered and most importantly, helped struggling individuals live again! I naturally became ABAM certified when given the opportunity. As an educator, I hold Medical School appointments at St. Louis University Medical School and teach Addiction Medicine and Psychiatry to rotating medical, transitional, and psychiatric residents at MERCY Hospital here in St. Louis, MO. I am frequently invited to talk about my specialties in CME events by a number of local medical associations. My interest in Addiction Medicine is solid. I am a featured writer in RSVP Health magazine, contributing articles regarding the field of Addiction Medicine and in the process of launching The Neuron magazine, a publication aimed at the general public and non clinicians, focusing on topics revolving Addiction and Mood Disorders.
2. How would your election would benefit ASAM and the field of Addiction Medicine?
At this time I understand that there is an immediate need to re-establish an active presence in our designated region. I openly admit that I lack administrative experience. I do not have skills in politicking. I am not versed well in the processes of lobbying. I am not a famous researcher. I have not advocated for parity. I clearly cannot compete with my currently elected colleagues. I am however, eager to learn how to behave in this capacity if given the opportunity. What I am are the following: an educator, a dreamer of possibilities (a cure for addiction?), a dynamic commercial for OUR field, young and energetic, a clinician in the trenches witnessing the “unimaginable” on a daily basis. My hope is that our field generates more advocates that are genuinely interested in the science/biology/genetics of addiction, and become the new wave of researchers, clinicians, thought leaders, for the growing field of Addiction Medicine. New Minds, New Possibilities, New Lives!
Dr. Taca has been a local leader in addiction medicine and has set benchmarks for the innovative field of medically assisted recovery programs. He is Board Certified by both the American Board of Addiction Medicine and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Taca is currently the Medical Director of INSynergy, a 6 month, outpatient, addiction treatment program, located in suburban St. Louis, Missouri.
In addition to his board certifications, Dr. Taca was voted one of the “Best Doctors of America in Psychiatry” by his peers. Only 5% of all doctors in the U.S. Are recognized with this distinction and are selected by a consensus of more than one million votes cast by doctors across the country.
As a result of his expertise in the field of addiction medicine, Dr. Taca regularly delivers lectures on topics like the biology of addiction and cutting edge medical treatments to local and national organizations. He writes for RSVP Health magazine and is leading the development of The Neuron Magazine, a publication aimed at the general public and non clinicians, dedicated to the field Addiction Medicine and Mood Disorders, set to launch this Fall.
Before INSynergy, Dr. Taca founded the very popular Integrated Neuro-Science Program and served as the Medical Director of Assisted Recovery Centers of America (ARCA) where he developed programs that led to higher standards of addiction treatment. He completed his psychiatric residency training at St. Louis University where he was the Chief Resident of the Department of Psychiatry. He is currently a clinical instructor and continues to teach and supervise Psychiatric, Internal Medicine, and Transitional Medical residents at the St. Louis University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and St. John’s Mercy Medical Center.