Mark S. Gold, M.D. is a world renowned expert on addiction-related diseases and has worked for over 40 years to develop models for understanding the effects of tobacco, cocaine, and other drugs, as well as food, on the brain and behavior. Today, Dr. Gold serves as Chairman of RiverMend Health’s Scientific Advisory Boards.

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“Since Dr. Mark Gold’s career in translational research began in the early 1970s, his work has laid the foundation for others who followed in addiction research.”

American Society of Addiction Medicine, 2015

The Wall Street Journal

Dr. Gold is recognized as a leading expert on addictions, overeating, and intervention risk-benefits and has been called “a prominent addiction researcher” by The Wall Street Journal.

Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)

Mark S. Gold, M.D. is the most prolific and brilliant of the addiction experts writing today. Dr. Gold has spent his career trying to bridge the gap in medical education and practice with the belief that addictions are diseases and that all physicians have a critical role in prevention and, if that fails, in early identification and prompt treatment.

Psychiatric Times

Dr. Gold is widely recognized as a leading expert on addictions, overeating, intervention and risk-benefits and treatment. He has been described as a national leader, pioneer, distinguished researcher and expert for many decades.

Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine

Mark Gold has dedicated his distinguished medical career to the study of the brain and addiction, from tobacco to opiates to food, revealing many new understandings and treatments for addicts.

University of Florida College of Medicine

Ideas accepted as fact today, such as the notion that cocaine is addictive, are common knowledge largely because Gold has proven them.

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Food and Addiction: A Comprehensive Handbook

Food and Addiction: A Comprehensive Handbook

Food and Addiction: A Comprehensive Handbook brings scientific order to the issue of food and addiction, spanning multiple disciplines to create the foundation for what is a rapidly advancing field and to highlight needed advances in science and public policy.

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