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Richard                        Blondell

Richard D. Blondell MD

Department of Family Medicine

Professor

Specialty/Research Focus

Addictions; Family Medicine

 
Professional Summary:

I care for patients admitted to Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) and the Terrace House residence at Horizon Health Services as they withdraw and stabilize from drug and/or alcohol addiction. I also see patients at the UBMD addiction medicine ambulatory care office on Sweet Home Rd. There, I care for patients addicted to prescription opiate medications, alcohol or heroin and for patients with chronic pain syndromes who are addicted to prescription drugs. In addition, I am a consultant at the student health center on the Buffalo State College campus, seeing patients who are referred to me for evaluation of a possible or previously diagnosed substance use disorder.

I have an active research portfolio and focus on three main areas of study. I investigate clinical protocols for patients who have a chronic pain disorder that coexists with a prescription drug addiction. I aim to find ways to control pain in these patients while keeping them engaged in treatment for their addiction. In collaboration with the Center for Development of Human Services (CDHS) at Buffalo State College, I investigate clinical management strategies for pregnant women who have a prescription drug addiction. I seek solutions that will help ensure effective treatment—and help ensure these patients stay in treatment—toward the goal of successful newborn deliveries. I also conduct educational research related to the best practices for training physicians on addiction medicine topics, coordinating this work with the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM). Our objective is to ensure that addiction medicine physicians receive appropriate training, particularly as it relates to their role in preventing alcohol and drug addiction and identifying the beginning stages of substance problems.

I teach medical students, family medicine residents and psychiatry and addiction medicine fellows. During the summer, I mentor medical students conducting clinical research. Under a contract with ABAM, I work with UB colleagues to coordinate the national effort to develop addiction medicine fellowship programs and to standardize the curriculum offered in these programs. I conduct training sessions for Buffalo State College nurse practitioners, athletic directors and counselors to help them identify and intervene with students at risk for, or who manifest the early signs of substance use problems.

Education and Training:
  • Residency, Family Medicine, University of Louisville School of Medicine (1981)
  • MD, Medicine, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry (1978)
  • BA, Biology, State University of New York College at Geneseo, Magna Cum Laude (1974)
Employment:
  • Professor, University at Buffalo (2008-present)
  • Associate Professor, University at Buffalo (2003–2008)
  • Professor, Family and Community Medicine, University of Louisville, School of Medicine (1997–2003)
  • Associate Professor, Family and Community Medicine, University of Louisville, School of Medicine (1991–1997)
  • Family Practice Residency Program, Family and Community Medicine, University of Louisville, School of Medicine (1991–1997)
  • Assistant Professor, Family Practice, University of Louisville, School of Medicine (1985–1991)
  • Assistant Professor, Family and Community Health, Marshall University, School of Medicine (1983–1985)
  • Clinical Instructor, Family Practice, University of Rochester, School of Medicine and Dentistry (1982–1983)
  • Attending Physician, Genessee Valley Group Health Association (1981–1983)
Awards and Honors:
  • Best Doctors in America (2010)
  • Service Award (2010)
  • Best Doctors in America (2007)
  • Excellence in Precepting Award (2005)
  • Board of Directors, Service Award (2003)
  • William H. Natcher Distinguished Service Award (2003)
  • James F. Kurfees Excellence in Teaching Award (2001)
  • Alpha Omega Alpha (Faculty) (2000)
  • James F. Kurfees Excellence in Teaching Award (1998)
  • University of Louisville Outstanding Community Service Award (1997)
  • Outstanding Faculty Award (1996)
  • James F. Kurfees Excellence in Teaching Award (1996)
  • Outstanding Faculty Award (1995)
  • Outstanding Faculty Award (1992)
  • Outstanding Faculty Award (1991)
  • University of Louisville Outstanding Community Service Award (1991)
  • Outstanding Faculty Award (1990)
  • Who’s Who among Students in American Universities (1973)

Research Expertise:
  • Addiction Medicine: Pain and addiction; Pregnancy and addiction, prevention of addiction; Screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT)
  • Health Workforce Development: Developing the addiction medicine workforce
  • Medical Education: Physician training in Addiction Medicine
Grants and Sponsored Research:
  • November 2013–October 2016
    National Center for Physician Training in Addiction Medicine
    ABAM Foundation
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $1,242,149
  • July 2014–December 2015
    Training Medical Students in Substance Abuse Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT): A National Survey of Family Medicine Clerkship Directors
    Society of Teachers of Family Medicine
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • September 2011–August 2014
    National Infrastructure for Translating Addiction Research into Clinical Practice
    National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $960,651
  • June 2011–May 2014
    Medical Strategies for the Management of Pain in the Addicted Patient
    National Institute on Drug Abuse
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $158,500
  • October 2001–September 2002
    Health Resources and Service Administration Grant for Establishment of Departments of Family Practice
    Primary Care Research Support
    Role: Contributor
    $910,000
  • July 1995–June 1998
    Health Resources and Services Administration Grant for Graduate Training in Family Medicine
    Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance No. 13.379
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $418,085
  • July 1989–June 1992
    Health Resources and Services Administration Grant for Graduate Training in Family Medicine
    Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance No. 13.379
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $345,954
  • January 1989–January 1992
    Health Resources and Services Administration Project SAEFP: Substance Abuse Education for Family Physicians.
    University of Wisconsin
    Role: Contributor
    $393,000
  • September 1986–August 1989
    Health Resources and Services Administration Grant for Establishment of Departments of Family Practice.
    Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance No. 13.984
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $403,400

Evaluative Studies and Case Reports:
Journal Articles:
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Professional Memberships:
  • Research Society on Alcoholism; Member
  • American Society of Addiction Medicine; Member
  • American Academy of Family Physicians; Member
  • Society of Teachers of Family Medicine; Member
  • American Medical Association; Member
Presentations:
  • "A randomized trial of two behavioral interventions to improve outcomes following inpatient detoxification for alcohol dependence." 32nd Annual Scientific Meeting, Research Society on Alcoholism (2009)
  • "Peer interventions: recovering alcoholics can help patients who have alcohol problems, and Detoxification: managing alcohol and drug withdrawal." Collaborative Family Healthcare Association, 9th Annual Conference (2007)
  • "Screening & brief intervention for the substance use disorders." North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians. 2007 Winter Family Physicians Weekend (2007)
  • "Addiction medicine and primary care." 38th Annual Medical-Scientific Conference, American Society of Addiction Medicine (2007)
  • "Linkage to aftercare following detoxification." 38th Annual Medical-Scientific Conference, American Society of Addiction Medicine (2007)
  • "The ASAM Member as Teacher: Working with students and residents." 38th Annual Medical-Scientific Conference, American Society of Addiction Medicine (2007)
  • "Do 12-Step Call Peer Visits Help Patients Following Inpatient Detoxification?" 37th Annual Medical-Scientific Conference, American Society of Addiction Medicine (2006)
  • "Hospital based substance abuse consultation services-clinical and administrative experiences." 37th Annual Medical-Scientific Conference, American Society of Addiction Medicine (2006)
  • "Initiation of Outpatient Treatment Following Inpatient Detoxification." 37th Annual Medical-Scientific Conference, American Society of Addiction Medicine (2006)
  • "Linkage to Primary Medical Care Following Inpatient Detoxification." 37th Annual Medical-Scientific Conference, American Society of Addiction Medicine (2006)
  • "Prescription drug abuse in primary care settings." 4th Regional Family Medicine Conference. New York State Academy of Family Physicians (2005)
  • "Toxicology Screening in Orthopaedic Trauma Patients: Can it Predict Prescription Abuse?" 23rd Annual Meeting of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association (2005)
  • "Toxicology screening in orthopedic trauma patients predicting prescription opioid use." 36th Annual Medical-Scientific Conference, American Society of Addiction Medicine (2005)
  • "Spirituality in patient care." The 47th Annual Convention. The International Calix Society (2004)
  • "Addiction 101: An introduction to the medical aspects of the addictive diseases." 3rd Annual Leadership Conference on Addictions. The Guest House [for Roman Catholic Clergy and Religious] (2004)
  • "Peer interventions: Can recovering alcoholics help hospitalized patients?" The 27th Annual Scientific Meeting. Research Society on Alcoholism (2004)
  • "Hospital based substance abuse consultation services-clinical and administrative experiences." 35th Annual Medical-Scientific Conference, American Society of Addiction Medicine (2004)
  • "Toxicology screening of injured patients." 31st Annual Meeting, North American Primary Care Research Group (2003)
  • "Screening and brief intervention for alcohol problems." National Alcohol Screening Day. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. (2003)
  • "Hospital use of ethanol survey (HUES) results." 25th Annual Scientific Meeting, Research Society on Alcoholism (2002)
  • "Risk factors associated with the development of delirium in trauma patients." 25th Annual Scientific Meeting, Research Society on Alcoholism (2002)
  • "Screening and assessment for alcohol use disorders & medical detoxification. The Prevention and Treatment of Alcohol Use Disorders in Persons with Infectious Diseases." Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation (2002)
  • "Treating addiction in primary care, Detoxification." 33rd Annual Medical-Scientific Conference, American Society of Addiction Medicine (2002)
  • "Brief interventions." The 24th Annual Scientific Meeting. Research Society on Alcoholism (2001)
  • "Brief interventions. A Medical Education Model for the Prevention and Treatment of Alcohol Use Disorders." National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (2000)
  • "Substance use and abuse following brain injury: incidence, issues, and interventions." The 11th annual meeting of The Mental Health Institute of Kentucky, Louisville, KY (2000)
  • "Brief interventions. A Medical Education Model for the Prevention and Treatment of Alcohol Use Disorders." National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (1999)
  • "Prescription Drug Abuse." 10th Annual Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Northeast Regional Meeting (1999)
  • "Issues of the pipeline of rural medical education." 31st Annual Spring Conference, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (1998)
  • "Teachable moments: Brief teaching about brief interventions with alcoholics and problem drinkers." 31st Annual Spring Conference, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (1998)
  • "Glasgow/Barren county Family Medicine Residency: A south central Kentucky HETC project." Area Health Education Centers Nations Workshop (1997)
  • "Medical students’ and family practice residents’ attitudes regarding justice in health care access." Area Health Education Centers National Workshop (1997)
  • "What to teach residents and students about substance use disorders. Deciding what is essential." 30th Annual Spring Conference, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (1997)
  • "Managed health care: A teaching syllabus. In: The promise of managed care and its implications for academic family medicine." 29th annual Spring Conference, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (1996)
  • "Market orientation as an educational and recruitment strategy: A tale of two programs." 29th annual Spring conference, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (1996)
  • "A community-based rural rotation for family practice residents." Area Health Education Centers National Workshop (1995)
  • "Spectrum of drinkers and early prevention opportunities. Preventing alcohol and other drug problems." The Challenge for a Veterinary Medical Education, a National Conference, Auburn University (1995)
  • "A health care management curriculum for medical students and Resident" 25th Annual Spring Conference, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (1992)
  • "Affirming the Alliance: Family Practice and Rural Health Care." 25th Annual Spring Conference, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (1992)
  • "Project SAEFP: Substance abuse education for family physicians." 1991 workshop for directors of Family Practice Residencies, American Academy of Family Physicians (1991)
  • "Beyond Practice Management." 24th Annual Spring Conference, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (1991)
  • "Family Practice Training for Rural Health Care." 24th Annual Spring Conference, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (1991)
  • "Family Practice Training in Rural Health." 23rd Annual Spring Conference, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (1990)
  • "How to help the chemically impaired resident." 23rd Annual Spring Conference, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (1990)
  • "Overview of physician impairment with a focus on substance abuse." 23rd Annual Spring Conference, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (1990)
  • "The future of Family Practice and rural health." 23rd Annual Spring Conference, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (1990)
  • "How to help the chemically impaired resident." The Tenth Forum for the Behavioral Sciences in Family Medicine (1989)
  • "The impaired resident." Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Southeast Regional Meeting (1988)
  • "Rural health, family practice and AHEC: Results of a national study." 11th Annual National Conference, National Rural Health Association (1988)
  • "A rural rotation for family practice residents." 22nd Annual Spring Conference, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (1988)
  • "AHEC and rural family practice rotations." 21st Annual Spring Conference, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (1988)
  • "Family practice residency training in rural health." 22nd Annual Spring Conference, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (1988)
  • "A non-traditional rural rotation in primary care." Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Southeast Regional Meeting (1987)
  • "Incorporating preventive medicine into a community-oriented family practice rural rotation." Area Health Education Centers National Workshop (1987)
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Service Activities:
  • Addiction; Reviewer (2007)
  • Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research; Reviewer (2007)
  • Editor; Blondell RD, section ed. Endocrine and metabolic problems. In: Paulman P, ed. The 10-Minute Diagnosis. 2nd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2007.; Editor (2007)
  • Journal of Addiction Medicine; Reviewer (2007)
  • Drug and Alcohol Dependence; Reviewer (2006)
  • Faculty Practice Plan Governing Board University at Buffalo, School of Medicine; Practice Plan Governing Board; Member (2006)
  • Journal of Hospital Medicine; Reviewer (2006)
  • Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine; Reviewer (2006)
  • Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy; Reviewer (2006)
  • Journal of Addictive Diseases; Editorial Board Member (2005)
  • New Life Residence Center Board of Directors Buffalo, New York; Member (2004)
  • Research on Addictions Primary Care Research Institute Department of Family Medicine University at Buffalo; Director (2003)
  • Journal of Rural Health; Reviewer (2003)
  • Annals of Family Medicine; Reviewer (2002)
  • Beacon House Board of Directors Louisville, Kentucky; Member (2001–2003)
  • American Journal of Surgery; Reviewer (2000–2005)
  • Editor; Blondell RD, section ed. Endocrine and metabolic problems. In: Taylor RB, ed. The 10-Minute Diagnosis. Philadelphia, Pa: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2000:293-310.; Editor (2000)
  • Addiction Medicine Consult Service University of Louisville Hospital Louisville, Kentucky; Director (1998–2003)
  • Impaired Physicians Program, Kentucky Physicians Health Foundation; Member (1996–2003)
  • Southern Medical Journal; Reviewer (1996)
  • Physician’s Health Committee University of Louisville Hospital; Chair (1995–2003)
  • Archives of Family Medicine; Reviewer (1994–2000)
  • Editor; Blondell RD, ed. Primary Care: Substance Abuse. Philadelphia, WB Saunders, (March) 1993.; Editor (1993)
  • Quality Management Program University of Louisville Hospital; Physician Advisor; Advisor (1992–1996)
  • Family Medicine; Reviewer (1992)
  • Admissions Committee University of Louisville, School of Medicine; Admissions Committee; Member (1990–1999)
  • Working Group on Rural Health Care Society of Teachers for Family Medicine; Co-Chair (1990–1991)
  • Family Practice Residency Program Department of Family and Community Medicine University of Louisville Louisville, Kentucky; Director (1989–1997)
  • Working Group on Substance Abuse Society of Teachers of Family Medicine; Member (1989–1999)
  • Committee on Impaired Physicians Kentucky Medical Association; Member (1989–1995)
  • Louisville Medicine; Editorial Board Member (1989–1991)
  • Program Faculty Guaranteed Entrance into Medical School Program (GEMS) University of Louisville, School of Medicine; Program Faculty; Member (1988–2000)
  • Task Force on Managed Health Care Society of Teachers of Family Medicine; Member (1988–1990)
  • AHEC Department of Family Practice University of Louisville Louisville, Kentucky; Program Coordinator (1986–1990)
  • Data Evaluation Committee West Virginia Diabetes Control Program West Virginia Department of Health, Charleston, West Virginia; Member (1984–1985)
  • West Virginia PRO; Physician Advisor, West Virginia Medical Institute, Inc. Charleston, West Virginia 25304; Advisor (1984–1985)
  • Family Practice Residency Program Marshall University Affiliated Hospitals Huntington, West Virginia; Associate Director; Associate Member (1983–1985)
  • Huntington Joint Committee on Diabetes Education Huntington, West Virginia; Member (1983–1985)
  • Disaster Committee Monroe County Chapter, American Red Cross Rochester, New York; Member (1981–1983)
  • American Board of Addiction Medicine Foundation; Board of Directors
  • American Board of Addiction Medicine.; Specialty Director (Family Medicine); Director

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Department of Family Medicine Primary Care Research Institute
77 Goodell Street, Suite 220A
Buffalo, NY 14203
Phone: (716) 816-7237
Fax: (716) 845-6899
Email: blondell@buffalo.edu

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