Sandra Ann Springer, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine (AIDS) and Associate Clinical Professor of Nursing; Director, Infectious Disease Outpatient Clinic, Veterans Administration Healthcare Services, Newington

Departments & Organizations

Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS

Faculty Research

Internal Medicine: Infectious Diseases: YCCR

Yale Medicine

Office of Cooperative Research


Sandra Springer, MD is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine, section of Infectious Diseases at the Yale School of Medicine. She is Board-Certified in Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases and Addiction Medicine. Dr. Springer has significant research experience with adherence interventions for HIV-infected drug and alcohol dependent persons. She has received a K02 Independent Scientist Award from NIDA to evaluate interventions to improve HIV treatment outcomes for persons with HIV who have substance use disorders as they transition from the criminal justice system to the community. In the past she was also a recipient of a NIDA-funded K23 mentored career development award, during which she evaluated the use of medication assisted treatment (MAT) to prevent relapse to opioid use as a conduit to care among HIV-infected opioid dependent released prisoners. She developed the first protocol to use buprenorphine as relapse prevention for opioid dependent HIV+ prisoners on day of release and has published these findings that serve as proof of concept that MAT can be effective in maintaining HIV+ released prisoners HIV clinical outcomes. She also has expertise in supervising RCTs by serving as medical director and co-investigator for multiple RCTs including DAART adherence interventions for IDUs and HIV+ released prisoners. She also has considerable clinical and research experience with the use of extended-release naltrexone and has been awarded an R01 from NIAAA as Principal Investigator to evaluate its use to prevent relapse to alcohol use and improve suppression of HIV Viral load among HIV infected alcohol dependent prisoners transitioning to the community; and from NIDA as sole PI for a grant addressing the Seek Test Treat and Retain initiative to evaluate its use to prevent relapse to opioid use among opioid dependent released criminal justice populations as a means to maintain HIV treatment outcomes. She is also a co-investigator on an R01 from NIDA evaluating the use of buprenorphine as linkage to HIV testing and conduit to care for opioid dependent persons in Washington D.C and a co-investigator for a NIDA R01 that is implementing extended-release naltrexone for opioid dependent persons in Ukraine. Dr. Springer has expertise in the development and implementation of medication-assisted-therapy interventions involving HIV+, drug and alcohol dependent persons living with HIV disease and in particular those involved with the criminal justice setting as they transition back to the community.

Education & Training

MD University of Massachusetts Medical School, Medicine (1998)
BA Harvard University (1990)
Fellow Yale School of Medicine
Resident Yale School of Medicine
Board Certification AB of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine (2001)
Board Certification AB of Internal Medicine, Infectious Disease (2005)

Honors & Recognition

  • Invited Chair and Discussion of "Integrative Research on Injectable Extended-Release Naltrexone" Research Society on Alcoholism (2012)

  • Independent Scientist K-02 AwardNational Institute of Drug Abuse (2011)

  • Invited Reviewer of R01 Grants National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) (2011)

  • Award for Outstanding Provider in the CommunityVNA- South Central Partnership (2007)

  • Recipient of the 2006 B. Jaye Anno Award of Excellence in Communication (2006)

  • Mentored Career Development K-23 AwardNational Institute of Drug Abuse (2005)

  • Bristol-Myers Squibb HIV Virology Fellowship AwardBristo-Myers Squibb (2002)

  • Academic Excellence Award for Women in Field of Medicine University of Massachusetts Medical School (1998)

International Activity

  • HIV/AIDS and Addiction Kiev, Ukraine (2012 - 2017)

    Technical Assistance and Research, implementation protocol for extended-release naltrexone in Ukraine

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Contact Info

Sandra Ann Springer, MD
Patient Care Locations
Section of Infectious DiseasesVA Connecticut Healthcare
950 Campbell Avenue

West Haven, CT 06516
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Yale Infectious DiseasesYale-New Haven Hospital
20 York Street

New Haven, CT 06510
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Office Location
Yale AIDS Program135 College Street, Ste Suite 323
New Haven, CT 06510
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Mailing Address
135 College Street
Suite 323

New Haven, CT 06510

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