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Juliette Spelman, MD, BS

Assistant Professor of Medicine (General Medicine)

Research Summary

As a clinician-educator, Dr. Spelman's academic work focuses on quality improvement in health care delivery to military veterans.

Extensive Research Description

Dr. Spelman's focus has been on optimizing primary care delivery to veterans, using a population health approach. Recent quality improvement projects include improving rates of COVID-19 vaccine acceptance, transition to virtual care as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, integration of treatment of opioid use disorder into primary care settings, optimization of specialty consultation templates, and establishing group visits in primary care for naloxone education in high risk veterans. Each of these projects capitalizes on existing data sets within the VA EHR to construct a population health intervention that can be used by primary care teams to enhance health care delivery.

Additionally, her academic work has focused on improving care to the new generation of Veterans from conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. She has lectured broadly on this subject, and in 2018 received a teaching “Community Partner Excellence Award” from the University of Connecticut and Quinnipiac “Urban Studies tract”. She has authored multiple chapters in the Yale Office Based Medical Curriculum aimed at educating health trainees about the specific health concerns of veterans (including depression, PTSD, mild TBI/concussion, and general care of veterans), and her practical narrative review on the subject of post deployment care has reached a broad audience (with over 13k accesses and 101 citations).

Finally, she has published opinion pieces in regional newspapers on topics relevant to veteran care, including use of medical marijuana in chronic pain, and distribution of naloxone.


Selected Publications

  • Medical marijuana for chronic pain: the good, the bad, and the hazy area in betweenSpelman JF. Medical marijuana for chronic pain: the good, the bad, and the hazy area in between. Hartford Courant. Opinion/Op-Eds. July 7, 2019.
  • Why every Connecticut home should have NaloxoneSpelman JF. Why every Connecticut home should have Naloxone. Hartford Courant. Opinion/Op-Eds. August 21, 2018.
  • Pain and Comorbidities in VeteransSpelman J, Burgo L, Chowdury S, et al. Pain and Comorbidities in Veterans. Painview, American society of pain educators. 10(2) Summer/Fall 2014.