Over the past 10 years, I have been building a career at the intersection of internal medicine and behavioral health / mental health, with a focus on addiction as a key area of overlap. Prior to joining Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), I worked at NYU/Bellevue in New York, where I led a primary-care-based addiction program, directed the hospital's Stop Smoking Program, and was Project Director on an NHLBI-funded study of post-discharge smoking cessation interventions.
In my current position at CHA, my role is Primary Care Lead for Behavioral Health Integration. I am part of a team implementing universal screening for depression and alcohol and substance use at 12 primary care clinics, with integration of behavioral health clinicians. We are building services in addiction, and plan to design and implement a program that offers coordinated care serving patients with a spectrum of needs. I am also a general internist, board-certified in addiction medicine, and provide care to patients in CHA’s Somerville Hospital Primary Care practice.