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Melissa Weimer

DO, MCR, FASAM
Assistant Professor; Medical Director of the Addiction Medicine Consult Service, Program in Addiction Medicine; Associate Program Director of the Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program, Medicine

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Melissa Weimer, DO, MCR, FASAM

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Biography

Dr. Weimer is board certified in Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine and has a clinical and research focus on expanding access to treatment for patients with substance use disorders, particularly in the hospital setting. She also has fellowship training and years of experience in the management of complex pain, particularly for patients with concomitant opioid use disorders. She is the Medical Director of the Yale Addiction Medicine Consult Service (YAMCS), a multidisciplinary, hospital based program to address the substance use disorder needs of patients admitted to Yale New Haven Hospital.

Dr. Weimer has worked tirelessly on a local, state and national level to improve access to evidence based treatments for patients with substance use disorder. Her work to expand addiction treatment in hospital settings started at Oregon Health & Science University where she worked with colleagues and community partners to create one of the nation's first hospital-based models to initiate addiction treatment while patients are hospitalized from a complication of their substance use. An experienced educator, she teaches health care students and professionals about substance use disorders and their treatment to promote the expansion of the addiction medicine workforce. She additionally serves as the Associate Program Director of the Yale Addiction Medicine Fellowship program.

Education & Training

  • MCR
    Oregon Health & Science University (2012)
  • DO
    Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine (2007)
  • BA
    University of Virginia, Religious Studies & Biology (2001)
  • General Medicine Fellowship
    Oregon Health & Science University
  • Residency
    Oregon Health & Science University
  • Internship
    Oregon Health & Science University
  • Board Certification
    AB of Preventive Medicine, Addiction Medicine (2018)
  • Board Certification
    AB of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine (2010)

Activities

  • Addiction Treatment for Hospitalized Patients
    New York, United States 2020
  • Hospital Based Addiction Medicine Cases and Challenges
    Denver, United States 2020
  • Addiction Medicine Specialists in Your Back Pocket: Building an Essential Collaboration
    San Diego, United States 2020
  • Treatment of OUD in the Hospital Setting
    Providence, United States 2020
  • Practices and Attitudes vis-a-vis Addiction Care and Patients who use Drugs
    Denver, United States 2020
  • Why Cardiac Surgeons Decline Surgery for Injection Drug Use-Related Infective Endocarditis
    Denver, United States 2020
  • Update in Cannabis
    Bridgeport, United States 2020
  • Safer Opioid Prescribing
    Tulsa, United States 2019
  • Addiction Medicine & Neurology for Primary Care
    New York, United States 2019
  • Substance Use Disorders in Patients with Cancer: Challenges & Opportunities
    New Haven, United States 2019
  • Update in Addiction Medicine
    Bridgeport, United States 2019
  • Update in Addiction Treatment Models For Hospitalized Patients
    New Haven, United States 2019
  • Cannabis Review
    Portland, United States 2019
  • Understanding Pain and Opioid Use Disorder
    Portland, United States 2019
  • Survivor Story: beating cancer and tapering opioids
    Boston, United States 2019
  • The use of buprenorphine microdosing for conversion from methadone to sublingual buprenorphine in a patient with infective endocarditis and life-threatening ventricular arrhythmia
    Boston, United States 2019
  • Safe and Competant Opioid Prescribing
    Longview, United States 2019
  • Pain Management & Addiction Medicine for Primary Care
    Savannah, United States 2018
  • Safe and Competent Opioid Prescribing Education (SCOPE)
    Longview, United States 2018
  • Safe and Competent Opioid Prescribing Education SCOPE
    Tyler, United States 2018
  • Combating Opioid Dependence Amidst An Epidemic
    San Diego, United States 2018
  • Buprenorphine Waiver Training for Clinical Providers
    Kingston, United States 2018
  • Health-System Changes To Promote Safer Opioid Prescribing Practices
    Soldotna, United States 2017
  • Basics of Pain Management
    Soldotna, United States 2017
  • SCOPE of Pain
    Albany, United States 2017
  • Safe and Competent Opioid Prescribing Education (SCOPE)
    Independence, United States 2017
  • Buprenorphine Waiver Training
    Saratoga Springs, United States 2017
  • Buprenorphine Waiver Training
    Albany, United States 2017
  • Korthuis, T. Substance Use Disorder 101 Workshop
    Medford, United States 2017
  • Buprenorphine Waiver Training
    Medford, United States 2017
  • Opioid Tapering Workshop
    Medford, United States 2017
  • Opioid Use Disorder
    Medford, United States 2017
  • Unmasking Opioid Dependence and Addiction: How to Recognize This Disease in Patients
    Boston, United States 2017
  • Management of Chronic Pain: A Core Curriculum for Primary Care Providers
    Portland, United States 2016
  • Safe and Competent Opioid Prescribing Education (SCOPE)
    Portland, United States 2016
  • Community Response to the Opioid Epidemic: Oregon Hospitals & Health Systems Impacting the Opioid Crisis.
    Portland, United States 2016
  • Practical Tools to Successfully Taper Opioids
    Medford, United States 2016
  • Practical Tools to Successfully Taper Opioids
    Coos Bay, United States 2016
  • Managing Opioids for Pain: New Standards, Challenges, and Opportunities
    Portland, United States 2016
  • The Improving Addictions Care Team (IMPACT): Year 1 Experience and Lessons Learned
    Portland, United States 2016
  • Opioid Tapering Workshop. Thoughtful Approach to Pain Management 5th Annual Conference
    Medford, United States 2016
  • Medication Assisted Treatment Options for Opioid Use Disorder. Thoughtful Approach to Pain Management 5th Annual Conference
    Medford, United States 2016
  • Buprenorphine Waiver Training (Half & Half Training)
    Medford, United States 2016
  • Buprenorphine Waiver Training (Half & Half Training)
    Portland, United States 2016
  • Opioids and Benzos and Tapers, Oh My!
    Portland, United States 2016
  • Managing Orthopedic Complications of Substance Use Disorders
    Portland, United States 2016
  • Addiction Consultation and Aftercare for Medically Complex Patients with Substance Use Disorder
    Baltimore, United States 2016
  • Safe and Competent Opioid Prescribing Education (SCOPE)
    San Diego, United States 2015
  • Chronic Pain Challenges and Opportunities
    Portland, United States 2015
  • Opioid Monitoring and Treatment Compliance
    Orlando, United States 2015
  • Opioid Taper Strategies
    Orlando, United States 2015
  • Managing Pain in the Addicted Patient Before It Manages You
    Portland, United States 2015
  • Making an IMPACT: The Improving Addictions Care Team and Hospital Medicine
    Portland, United States 2015
  • Medication Assisted Treatment Options for Substance Use Disorders
    Portland, United States 2015
  • Diagnosis and Management of Prescription Opioid Use Disorders in Primary Care
    Portland, United States 2015
  • Update in Addiction Medicine
    Toronto, Canada 2015
  • Team-based Primary Care Models for Chronic Pain Treatments: Meeting the Needs of Patients, Learners, and Providers
    Toronto, Canada 2015
  • The Methadone Safety Guidelines – A Live Webinar
    Portland, United States 2014
  • Inpatient Care of Patients with Substance Use Disorders and Case Discussion
    Portland, United States 2014
  • Guidelines for Safe Chronic Opioid Prescribing for OB/Gyns
    Portland, United States 2014
  • Boston University Safe and Competent Opioid Prescribing Education (SCOPE)
    Troutdale, United States 2014
  • Palpitations, Hypoxia, Addiction, And Much More: A Doctor’s Guide to Methadone Safety
    Portland, United States 2014
  • Opioid Use Disorder Basics
    Portland, United States 2014
  • Boston University Safe and Competent Opioid Prescribing Education (SCOPE)
    Portland, United States 2014
  • Opioid Use Disorder Basics
    Portland, United States 2014
  • Clinical Challenges in Addiction Medicine
    Portland, United States 2013
  • Boston University Safe and Competent Opioid Prescribing Education (SCOPE)
    Salem, United States 2013
  • Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain: Balancing Safety and Efficacy
    Portland, United States 2013
  • Opioid Guidelines for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain
    Portland, United States 2013
  • Baseline Characteristics of Participants in the Cocaine Use Reduction with Buprenorphine (CURB) Study
    San Diego, United States 2013
  • College of Problems with Drug Dependence (CPDD), Annual Conference, Abstract Presentation
    San Diego, United States 2013
  • Systematic Evidence Review on Methadone Harms and Comparative Harms
    San Diego, United States 2013
  • American Pain Society (APS), Annual Conference
    New Orleans, United States 2013
  • Pain Management Review for the Primary Care Provider
    Portland, United States 2012
  • Opioids for Chronic Pain
    Washington, United States 2011
  • Methadone-Related Deaths in Southwest Virginia in 2004
    Seattle, United States 2008
  • Methadone-Related Deaths in Southwest Virginia in 2004
    Washington, United States 2008

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Top Addiction Medicine DocPortland Monthly Magazine2017
Paper of the Month: A Chronic Opioid Therapy Dose Reduction Policy in Primary CareOregon Health & Science University2016
Top Addiction Medicine DocPortland Monthly Magazine2016
Top Addiction Medicine DocPortland Monthly Magazine2015
Founders' AwardSociety of General Internal Medicine2013
Fellow Teaching AwardOregon Health & Science University School of Medicine2011
Extramural Research Loan Repayment AwardNational Institute of Heath2011
Medical Honor Society InductionSigma Sigma Phi Osteopathic Medical Honor Society2007

Professional Service

OrganizationRoleDate
Ambulatory Opioid Stewardship Committee, Yale New Haven HospitalCommittee Member2020 - Present
Clinical Practice Guideline Oversight and Methodology Group, American Society of Addiction MedicineChair2020 - Present
American Society of Addiction Medicine, Region 1 DelegateBoard of Directors2019 - 2021
Opioid Stewardship Committee, Yale New Haven HospitalCommittee Member2019 - Present
Interprofessional Longitudinal Clinical ExperiencePreceptor2019 - Present
Recognizing and Eliminating disparities in Addiction through Culturally-Informed Healthcare (REACH)Mentor2019 - Present
Multidisciplinary Infective Endocarditis Workgroup, Yale New Haven HospitalChair2019 - Present
Alcohol, Other Drugs, and Health: Current EvidenceAssociate Editor2019 - Present
Communications Committee, New York Society of Addiction MedicineChair2018 - 2021
New York State Department of Health, Pain Management Steering Committee, Expert Committee MemberCommittee Member2018
Cross-disciplinary Addiction Workgroup, Yale New Haven HospitalCommittee Member2018 - Present
American Society of Addiction MedicineAlternate Region 1 Delegate2017 - 2019
New York Society of Addiction MedicineBoard of Directors2017 - Present
American Society of Addiction Medicine, Legislative Action CommitteeMember2017 - Present
New England Journal of MedicineReviewer2016 - Present
American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP)Provider Clinical Support System2016 - Present
Buprenorphine Waiver Trainer, American Academy of Addiction PsychiatryPresenter/Speaker2016 - Present
Oregon Pain Guidance Annual MeetingPlanning Committee2015 - 2017
Journal of Substance Abuse TreatmentReviewer2015 - Present
Boston University Safe and Competent Opioid Prescribing (SCOPE), Expert TrainerPresenter/Speaker2014 - Present
Clinical Journal of PainReviewer2012 - Present
Journal of General Internal MedicineReviewer2012 - Present
Journal of Addiction MedicineReviewer2012 - Present
Pain MedicineReviewer2012 - Present
Journal of Psychoactive DrugsReviewer2012 - Present
Journal of Opioid ManagementReviewer2012 - Present

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