Dr. Barthwell, M.D., D.F.A.S.A.M., is the Founder of Encounter Medical Group, P.C. and consults through EMGlobal, a global healthcare policy firm. Her commitment to combating Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) is solidified by her role as the founding Chair of the Foundation for Opioid Response Effort (FORE), endowed with $100 million.

From 2002 to 2004, Dr. Barthwell served as Deputy Director for Demand Reduction in the Office of National Drug Control Policy under President George W. Bush. Here, she stood as a principal advisor on policies to curtail the demand for illicit drugs.

Currently, her work concentrates on developing strategies to extend treatment accessibility for opioid dependence disorder, broadening practitioner understanding of urine drug testing in identifying substance use disorders, and aiding individuals and families in substance use disorder prevention.

A graduate of Wesleyan University with a Bachelor's in Psychology and the University of Michigan Medical School with a Doctorate of Medicine, Dr. Barthwell has impressive academic credentials. As a practicing physician, she made significant contributions to public health in the Chicago area and served as president of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM).Numerous accolades, including the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse's Betty Ford Award in 2003 and being named one of the "Best Doctors in America" in addiction medicine in 1997, underscore her professional dedication and expertise.

At Arcs Health, Dr. Barthwell’s unparalleled experience and expertise in addiction management and substance abuse treatment, along with her policy insights and formidable commitment to healthcare improvements will prove vital in shaping quality care and integrated solutions.

Andrea Barthwell

Board Member