Department of Family Medicine
Addictions; Family Practice
Dr. Blondell is a Professor and Vice Chair for Addiction Medicine in the State University of New York at Buffalo (University at Buffalo) Department of Family Medicine, and he is the Director of Research on Addictions for the University at Buffalo Primary Care Research Institute. Dr. Blondell is a founding member of the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM) and the ABAM Foundation (ABAMF), serving on their Boards of Directors since 2008. He chairs the ABAMF Training and Accreditation Committee and directs its National Coordinating Office for residency program accreditation. In addition, Dr. Blondell is Principal Investigator for a project funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) that has created a “National Infrastructure for Translating Addiction Research into Clinical Practice” (5R25AA020480). Most recently, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has awarded ABAMF a major grant to establish a National Center for Physician Training in Addiction Medicine that will be headquartered within the Department of Family Medicine that will emphasize the prevention of and early intervention for adolescent substance abuse. He also is conducting research sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (R03DA029768) on chronic pain and opioid addiction and has published extensively on substance use disorders and related issues.
A 1978 graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and 1981 graduate of the University of Louisville Family Practice residency, Dr. Blondell’s medical education background includes serving as Program Director of the Louisville Family Practice Residency from 1989 to 1997 and founding the University at Buffalo Addiction Medicine Fellowship. Dr. Blondell has led or been a key participant in a number professional training initiatives, including Project SAEFP (Substance Abuse Education for Family Physicians), the Center for Substance Abuse Preventive Medical Specialists Program, the Alcohol Education for Health Care Providers initiative, and the NIAAA International Medical Education Project. He also recently led the creation of a new community-based academic practice site for addiction medicine with a particular focus on pregnant women and their children, adolescents, and those who have become addicted to the medications used for pain management.