Dr. Aleksandra Zgierska,

Aleksandra Zgierska, MD, PhD

Congratulations to UW Department of Family Medicine and Community Health Assistant Professor Aleksandra Zgierska, MD, PhD, who was just named one of Brava Magazine’s 2018 Women to Watch.

Dr. Zgierska is one of 18 women chosen for this year’s honor. She was selected for her work to improve the care and health of people with addiction and chronic pain.

Brava’s profile of Dr. Zgierska features her Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) funded multi-centered study on how mindfulness meditation and cognitive behavioral therapy can increase function, and reduce pain and reliance on opioids in adults with chronic back pain, and her partnership with the Madison Police Department to offer addiction treatment instead of criminal charges and jail to offenders who overdosed or committed addiction-related minor crime.

It also recalls her expert testimony last year in a trial that now has headed to the Supreme Court and could overturn Wisconsin’s “Cocaine Mom Law.” In addition to her roles as a clinician and researcher, Dr. Zgierska is active in shaping the field of addiction medicine by serving on the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Society of Addiction Medicine and the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

Dr. Zgierska and her accomplishments are featured here: Aleksandra Zgierska: Changing the Course of Treating Addiction.

Published: January 2018