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Stephen Holt

Associate Professor of Medicine (General Medicine); Director, Addiction Recovery Clinic, Internal Medicine; Associate Program Director, Ambulatory Education, Yale Primary Care Residency Program, Internal Medicine; Co-Director, Racism, Bias, and Advocacy in Medicine Distinctions Pathway, Internal Medicine



Stephen Holt attended Columbia University’s College of Physicians & Surgeons and subsequently completed his residency training and Chief Residency at Yale's Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program before joining the program as an Assistant Professor. He currently serves as the Associate Program Director for Ambulatory Education in the Primary Care Program. His areas of interest include addiction medicine, medical education, and the art and science of physical diagnosis. Current clinical activities include ambulatory clinic precepting, co-directing the Addiction Recovery Clinic at SRC, and general medicine ward attending several months per year. He runs the Musculoskeletal Exam Workshop Series within the Primary Care training program, and co-directs Medical Education Electives at both the medical student and post-graduate level. He also gives recurring lectures on physical diagnosis and addiction medicine topics within the Yale Affiliated Hospital network.

Education & Training

  • Chief Resident
    Yale University Primary Care Program (2008)
  • Medical Resident
    Yale University Primary Care Program (2007)
  • MD
    Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons (2004)
  • MS
    Yale University, Neuroscience (2000)
  • BS
    James Madison University, Psychology (1997)


  • Medications for Alcohol Use Disorder
    Project ECHO Virtual Clinic 2022
  • Bridging Care for Patients With Stimulant Use Disorders
    Hickory, United States 2022
  • Workshop: Beyond the Differential - Evidence-Based Strategies for Facilitating Morning Report
    Charlotte, United States 2022
  • Medical Grand Rounds: Managing Opioid Use Disorder in the Hospital
    Medical Grand Rounds 2022
  • Course Director: Essentials of Addiction Medicine
    Salzburg, Austria 2022
    Course Director for “Essentials of Addiction Medicine” course at
  • Providers Clinical Support System – Medication-Assisted Treatment, Training Instructor
    South Bend, United States 2021
  • Invited Speaker. Treatment for Alcohol Use Disorder in a Hospital Setting
    Zoom Webinar, Course Co-Director 2021
    Connecticut Behavioral Health Partnership Educational Forum
  • Treating Unhealthy Alcohol Use: What’s Our Disorder?
    Primary Care CME-series 2021
  • Pollutants, Pandemics, and Precipitated Withdrawal: The Case for Simplifying Buprenorphine Microinduction in the Outpatient Setting
    45th Annual National Conference, Oral Presentation (Senior Author, Lead Author: Cohen, S.) 2021
  • Invited Speaker. The Role of the Physical Exam
    Lecturio On-line platform 2021
  • Medical Grand Rounds: Quitting Smoking: The Myths and the Medicine
    Bridgeport, United States 2021
  • Invited Speaker. 16th Annual Geriatrics Conference: Pharmacotherapy for Alcohol Use Disorder (Cancelled due to COVID-19)
    Invited speaker 2021
  • Integrating Social Media Data with Electronic Health Records to better Understand Opioid Use Disorder
    Bethesda, United States 2020
    (Senior author, Lead author: Fodeh, S.)
  • Developing Resident CHAMP-ions to Practice Behavioral Health and Addiction Medicine in Primary Care
    Boston, United States 2020
    Poster Presentation
  • Course Director. Video lecture series for all “Physical Exam” content
    Leipzig, Germany 2020
  • Visiting Professor Speaker. “Pharmacotherapy for Alcohol Use Disorder”, “Opiate agonist therapy for Opioid Use Disorder”, and “Safe Opioid Prescribing and Urine Drug Testing”
    Montclair, United States 2019
  • Course Director. Addiction Medicine topics, various
    Fort Lauderdale, United States 2019
  • Resident Co-facilitation of Shared Medical Appointments for Patients with Substance Use Disorders: Impact on Confidence, Knowledge, and Attitudes in Treating Addiction
    Boston, United States 2019
  • Beyond the Differential - Evidence-Based Strategies for Facilitating Morning Report.
    Philadelphia, United States 2019
  • Requirements for an Automated Warm Handoff from the ED to Opioid Treatment Centers.
    Las Vegas, United States 2019
  • Spring Education Pre-Course: Addiction Medicine in Internal Medicine Training - Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder and Other Addictions
    Philadelphia, United States 2019
  • Course Director. Video lecture series for all “Dermatology” and “Rheumatology” content
    Leipzig, Germany 2019
  • Invited Speaker. Understanding Opioid Addiction
    New Britain, United States 2018
  • “This Is On Us”: Building addiction treatment education in a primary care resident clinic.
    San Antonio, United States 2018
  • Multi-site qualitative study on the characteristics of effective chief resident-led morning reports in internal medicine residency
    Hempstead, United States 2018
  • Medical Grand Rounds: Unhealthy Drinking: What’s Our Disorder?
    Hanover, United States 2017
  • When Less is More: A Practical, Patient-Centered Guide to Tapering Prescription Opioids.
    Washington, United States 2017
  • The impact of injectable naltrexone on antiretroviral therapy adherence, HIV viral load, and drinking in HIV-positive heavy drinkers
    Denver, United States 2017
  • Invited Speaker. Unhealthy Drinking and Oral Health
    West Haven, United States 2016
  • Examination of the painful knee
    Southington, United States 2016
  • Interview: Doctors Who Prescribe Painkillers Face Tough Decisions And Minimal Training
    Hartford, United States 2016
  • Interview: For Patients Suffering From Heroin Addiction, Suboxone Can Provide One Road Out
    Hartford, United States 2016
  • Interview: Why Are So Many Suboxone Patients Buying the Drug on the Street?
    Hartford, United States 2016
  • Keys to improving trainee satisfaction in the ambulatory setting
    New Haven, United States 2016
  • Medical Grand Rounds: The Physical Exam: Revitalizing Yesterday’s Tools for Today’s Practitioners
    Bridgeport, United States 2015
  • Invited Speaker. Cocaine: Ancient Elixir, Modern Calamity
    Bridgeport, United States 2015
  • The Addiction Recovery Clinic: A novel primary-care based approach to teaching Addiction Medicine
    Washington, United States 2015
  • Strategies for Teaching at the Bedside
    Houston, United States 2015
  • Strategies for Teaching the Musculoskeletal Exam
    Worcester, United States 2015
  • Experiential Learning of the Musculoskeletal Exam among Internal Medicine Residents
    Denver, United States 2013
  • Chief Resident Workshop on Conflict Resolution
    Orlando, United States 2013

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
“Best Doctors in America” List, Internal MedicineConnecticut Magazine2020
Early Career Physician Teaching AwardAmerican College of Physicians, CT Chapter2019
“Best Doctors in America” List, Internal MedicineConnecticut Magazine2019
Faculty Teacher of the YearYale Primary Care Residency Program2017
New Investigator/Educator AwardAssociation for Multidisciplinary Education and Research in Substance use and Addiction2016
Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine AwardYale School of Medicine2014
Faculty Teacher of the YearYale Primary Care Residency Program2009
John W. Brackett Award for Resident TeacherYale Primary Care Program2007
Arnold P. Gold Humanism in Medicine AwardColumbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons2004
Family Physicians ScholarshipNew York Academy of Family Physicians2002

Professional Service

The Association for Multidisciplinary Education and Research in Substance use and Addiction (AMERSA); Diversity CommitteeOutreach Subcommittee Chair2021 - Present
American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP)Recognizing and Eliminating disparities in Addiction through Culturally-informed Healthcare (REACH), National Mentor2019 - Present
Cheshire Historical SocietyDirector of "Spirits Alive" Annual Outdoor Theatrical Production produced by the Cheshire Historical Society2018 - 2020
American Society of Addiction MedicineClinical Champion for ASAM Alcohol Withdrawal Management Guideline Development Project2018 - 2019
Society of General Internal MedicineMember, Abstract Review Committee, SGIM, Regional Meeting2018
Society of General Internal MedicineAbstract Judge, Innovations in Medical Education, SGIM, Regional Meeting2018
Yale UniversityChair, Clinical Competence Committee, Addiction Medicine Fellowship2018 - Present
Society of General Internal MedicineOral presentation judge/facilitator, Innovations in Medical Education, SGIM, Regional Meeting2017
American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP)Providers Clinical Support System (PCSS) Certified trainer, Medications for Addiction Treatment (MAT) Course Instructor2016 - Present
First Congregational Church of Cheshire, CTMember, Adult Choir2016 - Present
Journal of Substance Abuse TreatmentReviewer2015 - 2019
Yale UniversityMember, Ambulatory Leadership Committee, St. Raphael's Campus-Adult Primary Care2015 - Present
New England Group on Educational AffairsChair, Student/Resident Track Subcommittee, Annual Meeting Planning Committee2014
Society of General Internal MedicineMember, Medical Education Scholarship Workshop Review Committee, SGIM2012
Yale UniversityMember, Internal Medicine Residency Executive Education Committee2012 - Present
Agency for Healthcare Research and QualityExpert Reviewer for AHRQ report, "Screening, Behavioral Counseling, and Referral in Primary Care to Reduce Alcohol Misuse2011
Journal of General Internal MedicineReviewer2010 - 2017
Yale UniversityMember, Clinical Competence Committee, Residency Program2007 - Present
Yale UniversityMember, Intern Selection Committee, Residency Program2007 - Present

Departments & Organizations