Current Officers

Paul Martin, MD, FASAM – NCSAM President
Dr. Paul Martin is a Family Physician and a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine.  He serves as Medical Director of the Neil Dobbins Detoxification and Crisis Stabilization Center in Asheville and Medical Director of a private intensive outpatient program for professionals. He is a community faculty member at the Mountain AHEC Family Practice Residency Program and works as a consultant to industries throughout Western NC, overseeing a number of occupational drug testing programs. Recently he began a new position as Chief Medical Officer for Crescent Health Solutions – a Preferred Provider Organization in Western NC.

Jim Finch, MD – NCSAM Past President
Dr. James Finch obtained his medical training at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida and his Family Medicine residency training at Lancaster General Hospital in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  Following a Faculty Development Fellowship at Duke University Medical Center, he stayed on as faculty with the Duke Family Medicine Residency Program.  With joint appointments in Family Medicine and Psychiatry, he helped found and was Assistant Director of the Duke Addictions Program.  Dr. Finch is the Past President of the NC Society of Addiction Medicine and is also the Director of Physician Education at the Governor’s Institute.  Although busy with a private addictionology practice, Dr. Finch has been involved in numerous state, federal, and international initiatives to educate physicians about substance abuse treatment.

Bess Stanton MD, MBA, FAPA – NCSAM Treasurer
I am a Duke University trained General Psychiatrist and Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. I have lived and worked in NC in Asheville, and Hendersonville since 2003, but also lived in Durham and worked in Durham and Burlington from 1998-2006. I am a relative newcomer to Addiction Medicine as I realized well into my career that I needed expertise and training in Addictions to provide more complete care to my Psychiatric patients. This is a position that is not unlike the one many of our medical and dental colleagues currently find themselves. I am currently Medical Director of Parkway Behavioral Health, a CAHBA providing MH and CD services to Adults in Buncombe, Rutherford, and Henderson Counties. I also work for WNC Ray of Hope, providing ACTT services to Adults in Buncombe, and Henderson Counties, and Blue Ridge Community Health Services,a FQHC providing Psychiatric and Addiction treatment to Children, Adolescents, and Adults in Henderson and Transylvania Counties. From 2008- mid- 2012 I was Medical Director/Owner of two Opioid Treatment Centers in Asheville and North Wilkesboro NC working with the very challenging but very deserving opiate dependent population.

These are important times for NCSAM. My hope is to work to reach as many of our medical colleages as possible through our educational efforts and to increase NCSAM membership in the process. I am looking forward to working with as many of you as possible in the process.

North Carolina Society of Addiction Medicine

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