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Joanna L. Starrels, M.D., M.S.

Joanna L. Starrels, M.D., M.S.

Associate Professor, Medicine (General Internal Medicine)

Attending Physician, General Internal Medicine, Montefiore Health System

Prescription opioid use in chronic painPrescription drug abuseOpioid prescription guidelinesOpioids and HIV

Dr. Starrels is a physician, teacher and researcher who focuses on the safety and effectiveness of opioids for the management of chronic pain. Her research centers on defining best practices for managing chronic pain in primary care and HIV-treatment settings. She studies the benefits and harms of using treatment agreements, urine drug testing, and prescription monitoring programs in pain management; the effectiveness of collaborative care models for integrating behavioral health care and pain management; treatment of opioid use disorders in primary care settings; and the impact of opioid analgesic use, misuse and disorders on HIV outcomes.  read more...