The Opioid Crisis and Innovative Strategies
Mitra Ahadpour is a board-certified addiction medicine physician and the Principal Deputy Director of the Office of Translational Sciences (OTS) at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The OTS is comprised of the Office of Biostatistics, Office of Clinical Pharmacology, Office of Computational Science and Office of Study Integrity and Surveillance. In the Immediate Office, Dr. Ahadpour helps oversee translational medicine efforts across the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) and leads the areas of health informatics; data mining; technology transfer; training and career development; and regulatory and policy development.
Dr. Ahadpour was previously the Director of the Division of Pharmacologic Therapies at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. She led the accreditation and certification of more than 1,500 opioid treatment programs and the training of physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants on safe opioid prescribing and medication-assisted treatment. In private practice, she contributed to legislation making Maryland smoke-free and, as chair of Montgomery County Medical Society’s Community Service Programs, created and launched a tobacco awareness education program in middle schools.
Dr. Ahadpour is the recipient of multiple awards for her novel program development, including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 2015 Hubert H. Humphrey Award for Service to America, the 2016 HHS Ignite competition for creating and fully implementing the nationwide Rapid Opioid Alert and Response (ROAR) project, and the 2017 Federal Health IT Innovation Award for the Medication-Assisted Treatment (MATx) mobile app. Dr. Ahadpour earned her medical degree from the University of Maryland and completed residency at George Washington University Hospital.