What is your area of specialization?
I received my MD from Baylor College of Medicine in my hometown of Houston, Texas. After completing a family medicine residency in Chicago, I spent three years traveling the country (Washington State, Maui, California) as a locum tenens physician before returning to the academic arena at Pitt where I am currently a family medicine clinician-researcher. In addition, I am a MPH student in the department of Health Policy and Management and a Faculty Development Fellow at UPMC St. Margaret. As a clinician, I saw the deleterious effects of opioid addiction on my patients and decided to focus my research on opioid addiction.
What is your current research project?
Last year, I transitioned to a T32 where my primary focus is analyzing Pennsylvania opioid-related overdose trends and Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for opioid addiction. The purpose of my project is to determine the rate of opioid addiction treatment before and after a non-fatal overdose event using a large Medicaid dataset.
Tell us about a great experience or opportunity you’ve had in the past year.
As a member of the National Physicians Alliance, I had the opportunity to meet with Pennsylvania legislators on Capitol Hill to discuss the policy response to the opioid epidemic.
What do you hope the next step in your career path will be?
My goal is to be Faculty at a large medical school focusing on pharmaceutical policy and addiction.
If not a scientist, what would you be?
I would probably teach history in a Latin American country.