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Understanding the Opioid Epidemic: A panel discussion


February 20, 2018
7:30 p.m.
Charleston Civic Center - Little Theater

Co-sponsored by Charleston Gazette-Mail


Clay B. Marsh, MD
Vice President and Executive Dean for WVU Health Sciences

Dr. Marsh is West Virginia University’s chief health officer, and serves as a member of President E. Gordon Gee’s leadership team.  As WVU’s vice president for health sciences, he oversees five health sciences schools and three health campuses, and serves on the governing boards that determine policy and priorities for WVU Medicine and its component organizations. In addition, as executive dean, he is the leader of the WVU School of Medicine.


Michael R. Brumage, MD, MPH, FACP, FACPM
Assistant Dean for Public Health Practice and Service, WVU School of Public Health
Executive Director/Health Officer, Kanawha-Charleston Health Department

Dr. Michael Brumage is the Director, Office of Drug Control Policy for West Virginia under the Secretary Department of Health and Human Resources.  He is Assistant Dean for Public Health Practice and Service in the WVU School of Public Health and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine in the WVU School of Medicine.  He is formerly the Executive Director of the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department and Health Officer for Kanawha County and Putnam County, West Virginia.  

John Deskins, PhD
Director, WVU Bureau of Business and Economic Research

John Deskins leads the Bureau’s efforts to serve West Virginia by providing rigorous economic analysis to the state’s business leaders and policymakers. Deskins’ research has focused on economic development, small business economics, and public policy. He has delivered 100+ speeches to business groups and his quotes have appeared in media outlets such as The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. He has served as principal or co-principal investigator on more than $1 million in funded research.

Eric Eyre
Charleston Gazette-Mail Statehouse Reporter, winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting

Eric Eyre is a statehouse reporter for the Charleston Gazette-Mail. He joined the newspaper in 1998, after working as an intern at the St. Petersburg Times. At the Gazette-Mail, he has covered education, health and business. Eyre's work has won several national awards, including the Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE) Medal, Fred M. Hechinger Grand Prize in Education Reporting from the Education Writers Association, National Headliners Award, Society of American Business Editors and Writers award, Gerald Loeb Award for business writing, and an Association of Health Care Journalists award. He also was the recipient of a Kaiser Family Foundation fellowship. His investigative stories have mostly spotlighted issues in rural West Virginia communities. A native of Broad Axe, Pa., Eyre graduated from Loyola University of New Orleans and received a master's degree from the University of South Florida while on a Poynter Fund Fellowship.

Sally L. Hodder, MD
Associate Vice President for Clinical and Translational Science & Director, WVCTSI

Dr. Hodder is an infectious diseases physician with 30 years of experience who currently serves as Director of the West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Associate Vice President for Clinical and Translational Research, and Professor of Medicine at West Virginia University. 

Dr. Hodder received her undergraduate degree in 1976 from Mount Holyoke College, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a major in chemistry.  She attended Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine (Cleveland, Ohio), graduating in 1980, Alpha Omega Alpha and winner of the Alice B. Cleveland Prize for leadership.  

Ali Rezai, MD
Director, WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute

Dr. Rezai is a board-certified neurosurgeon whose clinical areas of expertise include the neurosurgical and neuromodulation management of patients with Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, chronic pain, brain and spinal cord injuries, as well as severe mood and anxiety disorders, serves as executive chair and vice president of neurosciences for WVU Medicine. He also serves as associate dean and the John D. Rockefeller IV tenured professor in neuroscience at the WVU School of Medicine.

Frankie Tack, MS, AADC, CCS, NCC
Addictions Minor Coordinator and Clinical Assistant Professor

Frankie Tack, MS, AADC, CCS, NCC has worked and taught in the addiction field for twenty years. Her clinical experience includes counseling, supervision and management in detox, outpatient, intensive outpatient, day treatment and residential settings. Her areas of special interest include families, women, and the LGBT population. Tack is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor and Addiction Studies Minor Coordinator in the Department of Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling and Counseling Psychology at West Virginia University.

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