Sandra 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

Internal Medicine: Infectious Diseases: Clinical & Community Research (YCCR) | Program in Addiction Medicine

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 also the Director of the Infectious Disease (ID) Clinic at the Newington site of t and an Attending ID physician at the West Haven site of the VA Connecticut Healthcare System (VACHS). She is board-Certified in Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases and Addiction Medicine. She has significant clinical and research experience with persons with alcohol and substance use disorders and with persons living with HIV (PLH). She has completed a 5-year NIDA K02 Independent Scientist Award developing interventions to improve adherence to antiretroviral therapy (ART) among PLH with comorbid substance use disorders.She was also a former recipient of a NIDA-funded K23 Mentored Career Development Award where 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. During this project she developed the first protocol to use buprenorphine to improve HIV treatment outcomes as relapse prevention for opioid dependent HIV+ prisoners. She has considerable research experience conducting randomized controlled trials (RCTs) with the use of extended-release naltrexone (XR-NTX) and has been a principal investigator (PI) on several R01s including one funded by the NIAAA to evaluate XR-NTX to improve HIV treatment outcomes via preventing relapse to alcohol use among HIV infected prisoners with alcohol use disorders (AUDs) transitioning to the community; PI on a NIDA R01 that evaluated XR-NTX to improve HIV treatment outcomes and prevent relapse to opioid use among opioid dependent released CJ-populations; and she was recently awarded an R01 from NIDA as co-PI with Dr. Al Shaw, also in the section of ID here at Yale, in 2016 evaluating immunobiological outcomes among persons with opioid use disorders starting MAT. In addition she has been co-Investigator on 2 R01s funded by NIDA (1) using Buprenorphine to improve HIV and opioid treatment outcomes among HIV+ persons with a history of CJS involvement in Washington, D.C.; and (2) to implement MAT with XR-NTX with opioid dependent persons in Ukraine. Thus she has considerable expertise with HIV and substance use disorders and conducting research.

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, recertified: 2011)

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 GrantsNational 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 MedicineUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School (1998)


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

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

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Sandra Springer, MD
Patient Care Locations
Section of Infectious DiseasesVA Connecticut Healthcare
950 Campbell Avenue, Wing Building 8 Fl first floor

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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