Enoch Gordis, MD - Addiction Medicine

Dr. Gordis has retired after many years of dedication to Healthwise. We appreciate all that Dr. Gordis has done and wish him the best in his retirement. Dr. Enoch Gordis has devoted his career to studying the causes, prevention, and treatment of alcohol abuse and alcoholism. In 1986, he was appointed Director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. NIAAA, a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' National Institutes of Health, is the principal federal agency for research on the causes, consequences, treatment and prevention of alcohol-related problems. Dr. Gordis retired from the NIH in December 2001.

Dr. Gordis has served as Professor of Clinical Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York since 1979 and as Adjunct Professor and visiting physician at Rockefeller University in New York since 1971. He has conducted research on the metabolism of alcohol and alcohol withdrawal and published articles on the clinical evaluation of alcoholism treatment, biological markers of drinking, disulfiram therapy, and the relationship between science and social policy.

Dr. Gordis is a well-known lecturer and author on alcohol abuse and alcoholism. He has served as associate editor of Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research since 1979 and reviews manuscripts for the Clinical Investigation Journal of Lipid Research, Medical Letter, the European Journal of Clinical Textbook of Addictive Disorders. He also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Molecular Psychiatry and on the international editorial advisory board for Addiction Biology.

Board Certifications

American Board of Internal Medicine - 1964, recertified 1972

Healthwise Knowledgebase Topics Reviewed

Alcohol Abuse and Dependence

Education

M.D.: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York - 1954
Mount Sinai Hospital Department of Medicine, New York:
  • Clinical Fellow - 1959
  • Chief Resident - 1960

Academic Appointments

Rockefeller University, New York
  • Visiting Physician, 1965 - present
  • Adjunct Professor - 1971 - present
Mount Sinai Hospital Department of Medicine, New York:
  • Associate Professor - 1971 - 1979
  • Professor of Medicine - 1979 - present
Elmhurst Hospital, Elmhurst, NY, Director of Alcoholism Treatment Program, 1971 - 1986

Professional Affiliations

American Association for the Advancement of Science
American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
American College of Physicians
American Federation for Clinical Research
American Gastroenterological Association
American Society of Addiction Medicine
American Physiological Society
Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences
International Society for Biomedical Research on Alcoholism
Research Society on Alcoholism

Selected Publications

  1. Gordis E, Neurosciences Research (1990). Finding the key to alcohol abuse and alcoholism. Neuropsychopharmacology 3(56): 311 - 314.
  2. Gordis E (1995). Critical issues in alcoholism research. International Journal of the Addictions 30(4): 47 - 505.
  3. Gordis E (1997). Alcohol problems and public health policy. JAMA278(21): 1781 - 1782.

Selected Textbooks/Chapters

  1. Gordis E, Beresford, TP (1992). Alcoholism and the elderly patient. In Oxford Textbook of Geriatric Medicine. Oxford, England: Oxford Medical Publications.
  2. Gordis E, Fuller RK (1994). Alcoholism. In Current Therapy in Gastroenterology and Liver Disease, 4th edition. Boston: Mosby.
  3. Gordis E, Fuller F (1997). Therapeutic principles and problems - Alcoholism. In Current Therapy in Adult Medicine, 4th edition. Boston: Mosby.
  4. Gordis E (1998). What we know: Conceptual advances in alcoholism research. Principles of Addiction Medicine (second ed.). Chevy Chase, MD: American Society of Addiction Medicine.

Financial Disclosure

This reviewer reported no financial conflicts.

Last Updated: January 27, 2010

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