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Department News

6/7/19

UB’s Richard Sarkin Medical Emeritus Faculty Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) has inducted 47 exemplary medical students, residents, fellows and faculty members for 2019.

5/30/19

Two institutions within the University at Buffalo have joined the National Academy of Medicine Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic.

Family Medicine In The News

2/1/19
An article about a new drug rehabilitation court opening in Syracuse interviews Richard D. Blondell, MD, professor of family medicine and vice chair for addiction medicine, who said: “The best way to deal with this opioid epidemic is prevention. In fact, we’ve never really dealt with epidemics very well at all, ever, through treatment.”
1/2/19
Richard D. Blondell, MD, professor of family medicine and vice chair of addiction medicine, is interviewed about a letter in the journal Pain Medicine that urges U.S. policymakers to develop guidelines for tapering patients off opioids that are not “aggressive and unrealistic”. "Whether it's a fast taper or a slow taper, the big question is -- well, what do you do after that?" he said. "What we really need is better science, not more politics . . . In my experience, when you have global recommendations based on expert opinions and you try to apply those to individual patients at individual clinics there's a lot that gets lost in translation."