Online Conference Presenter – Mark S. Gold, M.D.

Eating Disorder Hope Online Conference II:
Anorexia Hope & Healing in 2018

“International Overview of Anorexia Nervosa & Co-Occurring Issues”

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 Topic – AN, BN, BED, Food Addiction–Alcohol and Drug Abuse

Eating Disorder Hope Online Conference II presenter Mark GoldMark S. Gold, M.D. is the Chairman of Rivermend Health’s Scientific Advisory Boards. He serves as Chairman of the Addiction & Psychiatry Scientific Advisory Board and also as the Chairman of the Eating Disorders and Obesity Scientific Advisory Board. He served as Professor, the Donald Dizney Eminent Scholar, Distinguished Professor and Chair of Psychiatry from 1990-2014.

Dr. Gold was the first Faculty from the College of Medicine to be selected as a University-wide Distinguished Alumni Professor and served as the 17th University of Florida’s Distinguished Alumni Professor. Prior to assuming the position as Chair, he was a Distinguished Service Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry, Neuroscience, Anesthesiology, and Community Health and Family Medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine.

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Dr Gold is also a member of the McKnight Brain Institute and a Founder of the U.F. Center for Alcohol and Drug Research and Education (CARE), Adjunct, Clinical Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine, a Distinguished Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (DFASAM), and on March 5th, 2015, Dr. Gold became the Director of Research, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Educational Foundation working on global drug use, abuse and addiction problems and solutions.

Dr. Gold was actively involved in the Brain Institute’s evolution from an idea to reality. He was the first Faculty in the Division of Addiction Medicine and the first Chief of the Addiction Medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine.

Addiction Hope’s Inaugural Online Conference – January 24, 2018

Drugs Change The Brain and Create Dual Disorders


Many prominent experts in addiction psychiatry have advanced the theory of self-medication to explain why a person might become cocaine or opioid dependent user or alcoholic. Self-medication may help explain children of cigarette smokers frequently finding cigarettes rewarding. But, it also may explain why depressed or Schizophrenic patients are often smokers as well. Children of alcoholics are another example. What the person brings to the drug challenge is complicated and often times ignored. My 40+ years of addiction research has not focused on this theory, but on the drug-brain -receptor reactions. The most obvious drug-brain neurotoxicity can be seen with methamphetamine. We have reported on studies in animals and man which show that methamphetamine changes the brain and can produce a number of important changes including those normally seen after a concussion. We have shown that drugs of abuse, depending on the route of use, dose, duration, and other factors change the brain. Some of the changes appear to be reversible. Others may not. Drugs can change the brain and induce changes that make use feel imperative. In post addiction and recovery programs, depression, sleep, appetite, sexual, anxiety, concentration, memory, and other very real problems emerge. Some are due to drug-induced psychiatric diseases that look like naturally occurring illnesses. Diagnosis and treatment of co-morbid disease are essential and often times can promote long-term sobriety and recovery.

Learning Objectives:

  1. The Learner will be able to review the self-medication hypothesis, data which support this hypothesis and the Gold hypothesis on drug-induced neurotoxicity.
  2. The learner will be able to describe alcohol and depression as an example where separating the drug or alcohol’s short-term effects and the persistent effects are the key to diagnosis.
  3. The learner will be able to list Therapies, Medications, and Neuromodulation are all being employed to help reverse drug-induced neurotoxicity.

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Dr. Mark Gold Awarded PATH Foundation NY Lifetime Achievement Award

Quotes About Mark S. Gold, M.D.

  • Mark S. Gold, M.D. is the most prolific and brilliant of the addiction experts writing today. Dr. Gold has spent his career trying to bridge the gap in medical education and practice with the belief that addictions are diseases and that all physicians have a critical role in prevention and, if that fails, in early identification and prompt treatment. – Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)
  • Mark Gold, MD is an internationally renowned expert on obesity and human energy requirements. – American Society of Bariatric Physicians
  • Since Dr. Mark Gold’s career in translational research began in the early 1970s, his work has laid the foundation for others who followed in addiction research. – American Society of Addiction Medicine
  • Dr. Gold is recognized as a leading expert on addictions, overeating, and intervention risk-benefits and is “a prominent addiction researcher.” – The Wall Street Journal

Distinguished Alumnus Awards:

  • University of Florida, 1984
  • Washington University, 1989
  • Yale University, 2008
  • University of Florida Alumni Distinguished Professor (2011-2013)