ACCME Chief Executive Murray Kopelow, MD, Appointed Special Advisor to White House ONDCP

Chicago, IL
September 10, 2009


The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) has appointed Murray Kopelow, MD, Chief Executive, Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) as a special advisor. Dr. Kopelow is one of several experts appointed by the ONDCP to help the office formulate long-term drug control policies that improve public health and safety.

The ACCME has a long-standing collaboration with the ONDCP. In this new role, Dr. Kopelow will encourage medical organizations, physicians and health care teams to integrate Screening and Brief Intervention (SBI) into health care practice. SBI is an evidence-based strategy that has been proven effective in identifying and treating substance abuse problems with patients.

"I appreciate the ONDCP's recognition of CME's importance in addressing this public health imperative,” said Dr. Kopelow. "I am honored to have the opportunity to facilitate the role of accredited CME as a strategic partner in addressing the prevention and treatment of substance abuse on a national level.”

To learn more about Screening and Brief Intervention and how CME can help reduce the public health burden of substance abuse, view Addressing Substance Abuse with CME, an interview with the former deputy director for demand reduction, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

To learn more about the ONDCP and Dr. Kopelow's appointment, read this press release.


The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education is a not-for-profit organization based in Chicago that is responsible for accrediting U.S. institutions that offer continuing medical education through a voluntary, self-regulatory system. The ACCME also has a system for recognizing state medical societies as accreditors for local organizations offering CME.

The ACCME's mission is to identify, develop and enforce standards for quality continuing medical education that improves health care for patients and their communities. There are currently approximately 2,500 accredited CME providers in the United States, whose educational activities draw more than 17 million health care practitioner participants annually.


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