Pubdate: Fri, 06 Nov 2009
Source: Honolulu Advertiser (HI)
Copyright: 2009 The Honolulu Advertiser


Robert DuPont, who served as drug czar in President Ford's
administration, will join several other expert presenters sharing
insights into drug and alcohol abuse and the emerging concern over
"disruptive physicians" at the Project HOPE/Disruptive Physician
Conference, Nov. 13 at The Queen's Medical Center Conference Center.

The conference, sponsored by Puulu Lapaau-Hawaii physicians Health
Program, will consist of a morning session dedicated to First Circuit
Court of Hawaii Judge Steve Alm's Project HOPE program, which has been
widely lauded for its success in addressing substance abuse and in
reducing recidivism among substance-abuse offenders, and an afternoon
session that will address the issue of "disruptive physicians" whose
issues with substance abuse, anger or other negative behavior
interfere with patient care.

Conferences regarding disruptive physicians have been held in Hawaii
for the past two years. This year's conference will not only look at
Project HOPE, but also the ways in which the issues it addresses
overlap with those surrounding disruptive physicians.

Other presenters scheduled to appear are Alm; Michael Kaufmann, a
recognized expert in the area of disruptive physicians; Kevin Kunz, a
Kona physician and president of the American Board of Addiction
Medicine; and Rod Bjordahl, medical director of Maui Memorial
Hospital. Larry Schlesinger, president of Puulu Lapaau, will moderate.

The conference runs from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is open to the
public. There is no fee but advance registration is required. For more
information, visit 
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