Howard A. Heit, MD, FACP, FASAM
Diplomat in Addiction Medicine
Certified Medical Review Officer
Chronic Pain Specialist
Assistant Clinical Professor
Dr. Howard Heit received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh. He completed an internship and residency in medicine at George Washington University Hospital, Washington, DC, and a residency in medicine as well as a fellowship in gastroenterology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Dr. Heit is an assistant clinical professor of medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine.
Board certified in internal medicine (diplomat) and gastroenterology (diplomat), Dr. Heit is also certified in addiction medicine (diplomat) by the American Board of Addiction Medicine, and is certified as a medical review officer (MRO). He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). Dr. Heit was instrumental in forming the Liaison Committee on Pain and Addiction of the ASAM, the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM), and the American Pain Society (APS). The mission of this committee is to encourage collaboration between pain specialists and addiction specialists on issues of common interest.
Dr. Heit is the recipient of the Marie Nyswander Award given by International Pain and Chemical Dependency Conference to an individual who has helped to further communication between pain and addiction medicine. He was also the recipient of Clinical Pain Educator of the Year Award by the American Society of Pain Educators. Dr. Heit was co-section coordinator, author and an editor on “Pain Management and Addiction Medicine” for ASAM’s textbook Principles of Addiction Medicine, Second and Third Edition and co-authored two chapters in Bonica’s Management of Pain-Fourth Edition. He has lectured and published extensively on the interface of pain and addiction medicine.