Jerry Cade, MD, MBA AAHIVS is the Medical Director of Vegas Stronger™. On July 1, 1984, he began his practice of medicine by joining the practice of Dr. Melvin Pohl, who was a primary care provider and addiction medicine specialist. Dr. Cade has been working with individuals with addiction challenges since that time.
In August 1985, Dr. Pohl and Dr. Cade helped start the HIV/AIDS program at University Medical Center of Southern Nevada (UMC). In many ways, working with people with HIV/AIDS was a logical extension of what we were already doing in our private practice. Although HIV can be transmitted in several ways, sharing needles is a common reason for HIV transmission. Furthermore, data shows that the sexual transmission of HIV/AIDS is associated with the use of alcohol and other drugs.
Dr. Cade’s treatment of addictive diseases has been multifactorial. Of course, abstinence, when possible, is the healthiest approach to addiction treatment. However, Dr. Cade had a DATA 2000 (X) waiver, when that was needed, to provide treatment for opiate use disorder (OUD). In addition, Dr. Cade works with several harm reduction agencies in an effort to help reduce the incidence of drug overdoses and other addiction-related morbidity and mortality.
From 1995-1998, Dr. Cade served as a member of President Clinton’s Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA), where he helped author and pass many national HIV recommendations and policies. Dr. Cade was the author of PACHA’s strategy supporting syringe exchange programs.
Dr. Cade is an Adjunct Professor of HIV Medicine and Family Practice at Touro Nevada Medical School. Dr. Cade graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas. He received his MBA with a Management Information Systems (MIS) concentration from the University of Nevada Las Vegas.