Mark S. Gold, M.D. is a world-renowned expert on addiction-related diseases and has worked for 40+ years developing models for understanding the effects of opioid, tobacco, cocaine, and other drugs, as well as food, on the brain and behavior. Today, Dr. Gold continues his research, teaching, and consulting as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Washington University in St Louis.

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Mark Gold, MD is an internationally renowned expert on obesity and human energy requirements.

American Society of Bariatric Physicians

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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 is “a prominent addiction researcher.”

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.

Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)

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.

Prevention and Psychiatric Times Journal

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.

Washington University in St. Louis
School of Medicine

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.

University of Florida

While I may be the Founding Director of the National Institute of Drug Abuse, Dr. Mark Gold helped and taught me ever since the time we met . He is a basic scientist, perhaps the most accomplished in our lifetime. Yet, he is always helping and giving alcoholics and addicts a second chance.

Robert L. DuPont, M.D.
Nation’s First Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (1973-1978)
White House Drug Chief (1973-1977)

Mark Gold was my academic mentor, suggesting readings, helping me with research design and my scientific writing. He was my Chief of Service, even while I was on the Mount Sinai School of Medicine Faculty. I am sure Dr. Gold has done this for scores of other current experts, but he always had the time, energy and asked for nothing in return.
Stuart Gitlow, MD, MPH, MBA, DFAPA
Executive Director, Annenberg Physician Training Program,
Chair of the AMA’s Council on Science and Public Health &

Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Mt Sinai School of Medicine
Dr. Mark Gold is a pioneering researcher, inventor, ​and one of the  founders of the addiction medicine specialty but he has also helped numerous hopelessly addicted physicians get their lives together, become trained in addiction medicine, and practice. My story was like hundreds of other MDs, but I made it from hopeless to ​full U.F. Professor and Chief of Addiction Medicine.

Scott A Teitelbaum, MD, FAAP, FASAM
Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Psychiatry Professor &
Chief, Division of Addiction Medicine Medical Director, Florida Recovery Center

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Food and Addiction: A Comprehensive Handbook

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