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Friday, September 20, 2019


STOP THE SUFFERING: Addressing the dual challenge of overdose and underdose in the opioid overdose epidemic


The New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, New York, NY 10029


The NYAM Sections on Evidence Based Health Care and Healthy Aging 


$25 NYAM Fellows and Members | $40 General Public | $15 Students

*Refunds will not be provided for this event.

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Join us for a one-day interactive symposium for those committed to ending the opioid overdose crisis and improving pain management and addiction treatment. Attendees will include health professionals, policy makers, advocates and others. The event will consist of three themed panel presentations followed by dynamic dialogue and debate. View the full event program here

Free overdose intervention and prevention training (with naloxone and fentanyl test strips) will be provided by Washington Heights Corner Project/NYHRE during the lunch break.

Thank you to our sponsors for making this event possible.

Themes, speakers and panelists include the following:

Theme 1: Avoiding the Overdose/Underdose See-saw

Stefan G. Kertesz, MD, MSc
Professor, Division of Preventive Medicine
University of Alabama School of Medicine

R. Sean Morrison, MD
Ellen and Howard C. Katz Professor and Chair
Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Jay Horton, PhD, FNP-BC
Senior Director of Nursing for Palliative Care and Director of the Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner Fellowship Program 
Mount Sinai Beth Israel 

Ora Chaikin 

Rosanne Leipzig, MD, PhD 
Gerald and May Ellen Ritter Professor and Vice Chair for Education, Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine 
Professor, Population Health Science and Medicine and Clinical Geriatrics
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai 

Theme 2: Harm Reduction: Local Evidence-based and Emerging Models for Responding to the Epidemic

Colleen T. LaBelle, MSN, RN-BC, CARN
Program Director, State Technical Assistance Treatment Office Based Opioid Treatment with Buprenorphine (State OBOT B) 
Boston Medical Center

Hillary Kunins, MD, MPH
Executive Deputy Commissioner, Division of Mental Hygiene
NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Chinazo O. Cunningham, MD, MS
Professor, Departments of General Internal Medicine, Family and Social Medicine and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Marilyn Reyes-Scales
Co-chair, Peer Network of New York
Community Coordinator, Relay Program
NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Theme 3: Moving from Innovation to Action: Making it Happen

Kassandra Frederique, MSW
New York State Director, Drug Policy Alliance

Nabila El-Bassel, PhD, DSW, MSW
University Professor, Columbia University
Wilma and Albert Musher Professor of Social Work
Director, Social Intervention Group
Director, Global Health Research Center of Central Asia
Columbia University School of Social Work

Terrell Jones
Outreach & Advocacy Program Manager
New York Harm Reduction Educators

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Contact Ahmed Elbordiny at

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