11:15 am - 12:30 pm
Caring for Patients Who Use Drugs: Challenging Stigma and Restoring Compassion
Sarah Wakeman, MD
Medical Director, Substance Use Disorders Initiative, Massachusetts General Hospital
Sarah E. Wakeman, MD, is the medical director for the Mass General Hospital Substance Use Disorder Initiative, program director of the Mass General Addiction Medicine fellowship, and an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. She is also the medical director of the Mass General Hospital Addiction Consult Team, co-chair of the Mass General Opioid Task Force, clinical co-lead of the Partners Healthcare Substance Use Disorder Initiative, and co-chair of the Partners Healthcare Opioid Steering Committee. She is the chief medical officer of RIZE Massachusetts, a state-wide, private sector initiative created to build a $50 million fund to implement and evaluate innovative interventions to address the opioid overdose crisis.
She received her A.B. from Brown University and her M.D. from Brown Medical School. She completed residency training in internal medicine and served as chief medical resident at Mass General Hospital. She is a diplomate and fellow of the American Board of Addiction Medicine and board certified in Addiction Medicine by the American Board of Preventive Medicine. She is chair of the policy committee for the Massachusetts Society of Addiction Medicine. She served on Massachusetts’ Governor Baker’s Opioid Addiction Working Group. Nationally, she served as chair of the American Society of Addiction Medicine Drug Court Task Force and serves on their Ethics Committee.
Clinically she provides specialty addiction and general medical care in the inpatient and outpatient setting at Mass General Hospital and the Mass General Charlestown Health Center. Her research interests include evaluating models for integrated substance use disorder treatment in general medical settings, low threshold treatment models, recovery coaching, physician attitudes and practice related to substance use disorder, and screening for substance use in primary care.