Joshua J. Lynch DO, EMT-P, FAAEM, FACEP

Joshua Lynch

Joshua J. Lynch
DO, EMT-P, FAAEM, FACEP

Clinical Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine

Department of Emergency Medicine

Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences


Specialty/Research Focus

Addictions; Clinical Research; Emergency Medicine

Contact Information
77 Goodell St
Suite 340
Buffalo, New York 14203
Phone: 7166264004
Fax: 7166902389
jjlynch2@buffalo.edu


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Professional Summary:

A Buffalo native, Dr. Lynch (Twitter @JLynchDO) began his career in emergency medicine by following in his grandfather’s footsteps as a volunteer firefighter. He continues his work in pre-hospital care by serving as medical director and flight physician for Mercy Flight along with several fire and police departments around Western New York.

Following his undergraduate studies at the University at Buffalo, Dr. Lynch attended the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine as part of the inaugural class at the Bradenton, Florida campus. He completed an emergency medicine residency at the University at Buffalo, where he served as chief resident his final year. Dr. Lynch is a senior physician with UB|MD Emergency Medicine and holds academic appointments at the University at Buffalo, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. He has previously held academic appointments at Erie Community College and SUNY Upstate. He works clinically in the emergency departments of Kaleida Health and ECMC.

Dr Lynch’s EMS interests are focused on critical care transport. In addition to working with Mercy Flight of Western New York, he also provides advisement to the Western Regional Emergency Medicine Advisory Committee (WREMAC) and serves as a regional representative to the New York State Emergency Medical Advisory Committee (SEMAC). He has served as co-author of several pre-hospital related publications. He also has co-authored a textbook chapter in EMS Medicine.

Dr. Lynch is a national leader in addiction medicine. He serves on the Erie County Opioid Epidemic Task force along with the New York State Buprenorphine work group and is a medication assisted treatment specialist for the Erie County and New York State Departments of Health. He is also a technical advisor for the New York State Department of Health. He is works tirelessly to educate first responders, the medical community, and members of the public on naloxone, overdose, and treatment options. He regularly lectures throughout New York State and across the country on substance use disorder and effectively linking patients to care. He has even presented internationally in Sydney, Australia. Dr. Lynch is actively involved in research and is leading a project to provide widespread access to buprenorphine and expedited linkage to treatment centers in the emergency departments across Western New York. With the support of the New York State Department of health, he has pioneered the development of a novel statewide electronic referral network known as New York MATTERS (www.newyorkmatters.org).

Dr. Lynch values time with his family and friends. He currently serves on the board of directors at the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County along with the 100 Club of Buffalo. He enjoys time outside cycling, skiing, and he is always looking for the next home renovation project to start! After nearly a year of training, he completed his first IronMan 70.3 Race in the summer of 2019 and hopes to compete in many more!

Education and Training:

  • Certificate, Business, Harvard Business School (2020)
  • Emergency Medicine Residency, University at Buffalo, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (2011)
  • DO, MEDICINE, LECOM (2008)
  • BS, Psychology, SUNY at Buffalo, Cum Laude (2004)

Employment:

  • Associate Professor, Family Medicine, University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (2021-present)
  • Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine, University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (2020-present)
  • Co-Chair, Clinical Services, Clinical and Research Institute on Addictions, University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (2018-present)
  • Medical Director, Avarint,Inc(US Army Contractor (2017-present)
  • Flight Physician/Medical Director, Mercy Flight of Western New York (2011-present)
  • Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Internal and Emergency Medicine, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (2011–2023)
  • Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine, University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (2012–2020)
  • Faculty Member/Speaker, CME4Life/Emergency Medicine Institute (2017–2018)
  • Adjunct Faculty, SUNY Upstate (2014–2016)
  • Attending Physician, Emergency Medicine Professionals (2014–2015)
  • Clinical Instructor, Emergency Medicine, University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (2011–2012)
  • Assistant Professor, Erie Community College Emergency Medical Technology (2010–2011)
  • Instructor, Erie Community College; EMT and Paramedic Programs (2009–2011)
  • Assistant Clinical Instructor of Emergency Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine, University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (2008–2011)
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Awards and Honors:

  • Advancing Emergency Care Award (2023)
  • Top Doctors 2023 (Emergency Medicine) (2022)
  • 2022 Annual Garden Party Honoree (2022)
  • World AIDS Day Commissioner's Special Recognition Award (2021)
  • Top Doctors 2022 (Emergency Medicine) (2021)
  • 2021 Open Mic Competition Winner (2021)
  • Top Doctors 2021 (Emergency Medicine) (2020)
  • Top Doctors (Osteopathic Medicine) (2020)
  • Western New York Excellence in Health Care Award (2020)
  • Excellence in Health Care (2020)
  • Kaleida Health Spirit Award (2019)
  • Erie County Medical Society Distinguished Service Award (2019)
  • The Doctor Chandler, New York State Troopers PBA (2018)
  • Evan Calkins, MD Community Based Research Fellowship (2018)
  • Business First - 40 Under 40 (2015)
  • Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians (FACEP) (2014)
  • Physician of Excellence, WREMAC (2011)
  • Marjorie Dube, MD Professionalism Award (2011)

Research Expertise:

  • Addiction Medicine: Extensive work in educating emergency medicine providers on MAT, providing buprenorphine waiver training across the county, and the development of the MATTERS Network which includes a NY statewide electronic referral system. His work has been presented at various conferences including the Social Media and Critical Care Conference in Sydney, Australia, the New York State American College of Emergency Physicians in Lake George, and the New York Society of Addiction Medicine in New York City.
  • Critical Care Transport Medicine: 7 years of providing medial direction to Western New York‘s largest critical care transport agency offering transport by helicopter, jet, and ambulance. The only agency in WNY that routinely transports Impella, ECMO, and IABP patients. His work has been presented at the National Air Medical Transport Conference.
  • Emergency Medical Services/Pre-Hospital Care: Board eligible in Emergency Medical Services (ABEM Subspeciality). Nearly 20 years in all aspects of pre-hospital care, disaster medicine, incident command, and more.
  • Emergency Medicine: Attending emergency physician since 2011. Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and Fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine.

Grants and Sponsored Research:

  • November 2023–October 2025
    New York Medication for Addiction Treatment and Electronic Referrals
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $8,000,000
  • May 2023–April 2025
    Education and distribution of fentanyl test strips
    New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $1,300,000
  • October 2023–September 2024
    Statewide harm reduction vending machine program
    New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $6,330,720
  • October 2023–September 2024
    Education and distribution of drug testing strips
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $2,508,000
  • April 2023–March 2024
    Electronic referral platform for substance use disorder referrals and linkage to treatment
    New York State Department of Health Stewardship Funding
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $552,696
  • December 2022–November 2023
    Statewide harm reduction vending machine program
    New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $1,264,529
  • October 2022–September 2023
    Access to medication assisted treatment
    New York State Department of Health
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $55,803
  • August 2022–September 2023
    Education and distribution of fentanyl test strips
    New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $2,297,497
  • October 2020–September 2023
    Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program (COSSAP)
    Erie County Department of Health/Bureau of Justice Assistance
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $600,000
  • July 2021–June 2023
    Expansion of addiction treatment and technical advisement across New York State (CDC Public Health Crisis Response)
    New York State Department of Health
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $330,000
  • February 2023–May 2023
    Education and distribution of fentanyl test strips
    New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $499,960
  • September 2021–August 2022
    Expansion of addiction treatment and technical advisement across New York state (Overdose Data to Action)
    New York State Department of Health
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $72,800
  • April 2021–March 2022
    HEALing Communities Study (CHASE), Columbia University
    Erie County Department of Health
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $179,848
  • April 2021–March 2022
    Best practice model to screen for Hepatitis C and HIV
    Gilead Pharmaceuticals Frontlines of Communities in the United States
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $304,788
  • October 2020–September 2021
    First Responders- Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (FR- CARA)
    Erie County Department of Health/Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $45,000
  • September 2020–August 2021
    Expansion of addiction treatment and technical advisement across New York State (Overdose Data to Action)
    New York State Department of Health
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $70,050
  • May 2020–April 2021
    Best practice model to screen for Hepatitis C and HIV
    Gilead Pharmaceuticals Frontlines of Communities in the United States
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $301,230
  • April 2020–March 2021
    HEALing Communities Study (CHASE), Columbia University
    Erie County Department of Health
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $129,848
  • October 2019–September 2020
    First Responders - Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (FR-CARA)
    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $45,000
  • October 2019–August 2020
    Expansion of addictions treatment and technical advisement across New York state
    New York State DOH
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $55,050
  • October 2018–December 2019
    Expansion of addictions treatment and rapid referrals across Western New York
    Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Fund
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $197,000
  • April 2019–September 2019
    Expansion of addiction treatment in the emergency department
    Erie County Department of Health/Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $45,000
  • November 2018–September 2019
    Best practice model to screen for Hepatitis C and HIV
    Gilead Sciences
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $315,000
  • October 2018–September 2019
    Expansion of addictions treatment and referrals in the greater Buffalo area
    Erie County Department of Health
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $25,000
  • September 2018–September 2019
    Expansion of addictions treatment and technical advisement across New York state
    New York State DOH
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $70,000
  • April 2019–August 2019
    Expansion of addiction treatment in the jail/prison system and OB/GYN practice settings
    Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $140,693
  • October 2017–August 2018
    Expansion of addictions treatment and referrals in the greater Buffalo area
    Erie County Department of Health
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $25,000
  • September 2017–August 2018
    Initiation of emergency department medication assisted treatment for opioid use disorder
    John R Oishei Foundation
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $200,000
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Patents:

  • Medication for Addiction Treatment & Electronic Referrals (2023)

Journal Articles:

Books and Book Chapters:

  • Lynch JJ, McGee K. (2015) EMS Medicine. In: Wounds and Hemorrhage. McGraw-Hill

Professional Memberships:

  • American College of Academic Addiction Medicine (2022–present)
  • Society of Academic Emergency Medicine (2019–present)
  • American College of Healthcare Executives (2019–present)
  • American Society of Addiction Medicine (2019–present)
  • New York State Police Investigator's Association Surgeon's Group (2015–present)
  • New York State Troopers Police Benevolent Association Police Surgeons (2014–present)
  • Air Medical Physician Association (2011–present)
  • Amherst Police Emergency Response Team; Medical Director (2010–present)
  • National Association of EMS Physicians (2009–present)
  • Erie County Specialized Medical Assistance Response Team (2008–present)
  • American Academy of Emergency Medicine (2008–present)
  • American College of Emergency Physicians (2006–present)
  • Emergency Medicine Resident's Association (2006–present)
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Presentations:

  • "MATTERS- Efficiently Linking Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Patients to Care" Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine Scientific Conference (2023)
  • "Opioid Use Disorder is Complicated- Linking Patients to Care Shouldn't Be" 2023 Hughes Endowed Lecture in the Health Sciences (2023)
  • "Opioid Use Disorder is Complicated- Linking Patients to Care Shouldn't Be" Mediterranean Emergency Medicine Congress (2023)
  • "Fentanyl: The Changing Face of the Opioid Crisis" Erie Niagara Area Health Education Centers (2023)
  • "MATTERS- Efficient Linkage for Addiction and Mental Health Patients" New York State Sheriff's Association Winter Conference (2023)
  • "MATTERS- An Innovative & Unique Approach to Assessing and Referring Patients with Opioid Use Disorder" American Academy of Emergency Medicine Scientific Assembly (2022)
  • "Ask New York State Medical Directors" New York State Department of Health Vital Signs EMS Conference 2021 (2021)
  • "MATTERS Network: A Novel Program Facilitating ED MAT Initiation and Linkage to Care" Penn Medicine Center for Addiction Medicine and Policy (2021)
  • "MATTERS Network: An Overview of ED MAT Initiation and Linkage to Care" National Institute on Drug Abuse, Center for the Clinical Trials Network (2021)
  • "MATTERS Network: A Novel Approach to Linking Patients to Care" BRI Network 2021 Behavioral Health Management Summit (2021)
  • "Acute Overdose Stabilization Process" State of Delaware Executive Leadership (2021)
  • "Developing a Hospital/Health Plan Focused Strategy to Effectively Manage Opioid Abuse" 2021 Opioid Abuse Management Forum (2021)
  • "MATTERS: A Novel Approach to Evaluation and Efficient Linkage to Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder" 2021 Opioid Abuse Management Forum (2021)
  • "Blast Event 2021" 2021 Greater Buffalo Mass Casualty Incident Table-Top Exercise (2021)
  • "MATTERS Network: A Novel Approach to OUD in the ED" American Academy of Emergency Medicine Annual Scientific Assembly (2021)
  • "Opioid Resource Presentation (NY MATTERS) webinar presentation" White House: Office of National Drug Control Policy (2021)
  • "Implementation of NY MATTERS" Suffolk County Opioid Task Force (2021)
  • "Implementation of NY MATTERS" Dutchess County Opioid Task Force (2021)
  • "Emerging Trends: Innovations in Opioid Treatment Amidst a Pandemic" Hospital Association of New York State (2020)
  • "New York MATTERS" World AIDS Day: Ending the Epidemic Summit (2020)
  • "Prosecutors as Community Problem-Solvers" Georgetown Law Association (2020)
  • "Telemedicine Virtual Executive Forum Panel Discussion" Buffalo Business First (2020)
  • "Connection to Care: Policy to Practice" RX Summit (2020)
  • "Medication Assisted Treatment and Emergency Referrals" Implementation of NY MATTERS (2020)
  • "Emergency Medicine Medication Assisted Treatment and Emergency Referral Network" New York Society of Addiction Medicine; New York Society of Addiction Medicine; Addiction Medicine (2020)
  • "Medication Assisted Treatment and Opioid Stewardship" Emergency Nurses Association; Emergency Nurses Association; Western New York (2020)
  • "Medication Assisted Treatment and Opioid Stewardship" Catholic Health System; grand rounds lecture (2020)
  • "Opioid Stewardship" Critical Care Pharmacists of WNY; University at Buffalo; Pharmacy (2019)
  • "Opioid use disorder treatment and referrals" Stark County Mental Health Conference; Stark County; Mental Health (2019)
  • "Innovative Collaboration for Change" Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) (2019)
  • "Opioid Use Disorder" Western New York Harm Reduction Conference (2019)
  • "Emergency Medicine Medication Assisted Treatment Buprenorphine Waiver Course" American College of Emergency Physicians (2019)
  • "Medication Assisted Treatment and Emergency Referrals" New York State Association of County Health Officials (2019)
  • "Opioid Use Disorder" New York American College of Emergency Physicians Scientific Assembly (2019)
  • "Opioid Use Disorder" Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) (2019)
  • "Opioid Use Disorder" New York State 2019 Clinical Conference on HIV and Hepatitis C (2019)
  • "Combating Addiction and Addressing the Opioid Crisis" Fulbright Enrichment Seminar (2019)
  • "Opioid Use Disorder" Maimonides Medical Center Grand Rounds (2019)
  • "Opioid Use Disorder" New York American Conference of Emergency Physicians Director‘s Academy (2019)
  • "Buffalo MATTERS: Medication Assisted Treatment and Emergency Referrals" Social Medical and Critical Care Conference (2019)
  • "Opioid Use Disorder Treatment and Referrals" Schenectady County Health Department (2019)
  • "Opioid Use Disorder Treatment and Referrals" Greater New York Hospital Association (2019)
  • "Buffalo MATTERS: Medication Assisted Treatment and Emergency Referrals" New York State Department of Health, Ending the Epidemic Summit (2018)
  • "Opioid Use Disorder Treatment and Referrals" Harm Reduction Conference of Western New York (2018)
  • "Opioid Use Disorder Treatment and Referrals" Buffalo Business First State of the Region (2018)
  • "Opioid Use Disorder Treatment and Referrals" Greater New York Hospital Association (2018)
  • "From Stigma to Action: Addressing Substance Use, Harm Reduction, and Healthcare" Blue Cross Blue Shield of WNY (2018)
  • "Pearls of Emergency and Laboratory Medicine" Emergency Medicine Institute (2018)
  • "Buprenorphine Waiver Training" University at Buffalo Department of Emergency Medicine Grand Rounds; Univeristy at Buffalo Department of Emergency Medicine; Grand Rounds (2018)
  • "Opioid Epidemic in Western New York" Town of Clarence Youth Board (2018)
  • "Pearls of Emergency and Laboratory Medicine" Emergency Medicine Institute (2017)
  • "The Complexities of Illegal Drug Use: Partnering with Law Enforcement to Help Patients" New York State Police PBA Surgeons; NYSP PBA; Police Surgeon (2016)
  • "The Threat: Identifying the Type of Terrorist Attack" New York State Police PBA Surgeons; NYSP PBA; Police Surgeon (2015)
  • "Safety Profile of Propofol During Aeromedical Transport" Air Medical Transport Conference; AMTC; Aeromedical Transport (2010)
  • "Safety Profile of Propofol During Aeromedical Transport" UB Scholarly Exchange; UB Research; Student Presentations (2009)
  • "Variations in ALS Symptomatic Bradycardia Protocols Among NY State EMS Regions" UB Scholarly Exchange; UB Research; UB Research (2009)
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Service Activities:

  • ; Kaleida Health Controlled Substances Diversion Prevention Committee (2023–present)
  • ; University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine Committee on Promotions to Clinical Ranks (2023–present)
  • New York State Opioid Settlement Board; Board Member (2022)
  • Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center- Ride for Roswell/Empire State Ride; Medical Director (2021–present)
  • University at Buffalo Clinical Practice of Medicine (CPM2); Preceptor (2020–2022)
  • Clarence Central School District; Board of Education Trustee (2020–2023)
  • Kaleida Health; Corporate Emergency Management Committee (2020–2023)
  • American Academy of Emergency Medicine; Pain and Addiction Committee Member (2019–present)
  • Kaleida Health; Corporate Emergency Services Liaison (2019–2023)
  • United Way of Buffalo and Erie County; Board of Directors (2019–2022)
  • University at Buffalo Clinical Practice of Medicine (CPM1); Preceptor (2018–2020)
  • United Way of Buffalo and Erie County; Volunteer Investment Reviewer (2018–2019)
  • University at Buffalo Department of Emergency Medicine Emergency Medicine Advisory Committee; Committee Member (2018–present)
  • Chief of Service - Emergency Medicine (DeGraff Memorial); Director (2018–present)
  • Kaleida Health, DeGraff Memorial Hospital; Director of Emergency Medicine (2018–present)
  • Medication for Addiction Treatment and Electronic Referrals; Founder and Medical Director (2018–present)
  • UB University Wide Addictions Initiative; Clinical Care Strategy Team (2016–2018)
  • Erie County Opioid Epidemic Task Force; Chairman, Hospital Subcommittee (2016–present)
  • Erie County DOH Opioid Epidemic Task Force; Chair (2016–2017)
  • Education Committee; Member (2015–present)
  • Kaleida Health Emergency Medicine Electronic Medical Record Enterprise Committee; Committee Member (2015–2019)
  • Electronic Medical Record Steering Committee; Member (2015–present)
  • 100 Club of Buffalo Board of Directors; Board of Directors (2013–present)
  • Western Regional Emergency Medicine Advisory Committee; Member (2011–2023)
  • ACEP EMS Committee; Member (2011–2014)
  • EMS Committee; Member (2011–present)
  • Quality Assurance/Improvement Committee; Member (2011–present)
  • Live Nation Darien Lake Concert Venue; Medical Director (2011–2021)
  • American College of Emergency Physicians; EMS Committee Member (2011–2015)
  • Amherst Police Emergency Response Team; Volunteer Medical Director/Tactical Physician (2010–2018)
  • UB Undergraduate Student Mentor; Mentor (2008–present)
  • Erie County Emergency Services; Volunteer Physician Responder (2008–2022)
  • Emergency Medicine Resident's Association; Medical Student Mentor (2006–2020)
  • Lippincott Williams and Wilkins Publishing; Medical Content Reviewer (2005–2015)
  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Student Government Association; Inaugural Vice President (2004–2006)
  • McGraw Hill Publishing; Medical Content Reviewer (2004–2015)
  • University at Buffalo PSY 101, UB 101; Teaching Assistant (2002–2004)
  • East Amherst Fire Department; Volunteer Firefighter, EMT, SCUBA Rescue Technician (2001–2010)

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Contact Information

77 Goodell St
Suite 340
Buffalo, New York 14203
Phone: 7166264004
Fax: 7166902389
jjlynch2@buffalo.edu

This faculty member is affiliated with UBMD, practicing physicians who are also professors in the Jacobs School.

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