Unfortunately, with opioid use disorder so common, so are the health complications and conditions. If not prevented or caught early, these conditions cause significant medical complications at high costs, as well as adding to personal and family burdens. This program will explore what to look for and assess on your physical health review, what preventative measures regarding vaccinations can be done to mitigate health conditions, and will provide updates on the various treatments of health conditions related to intravenous drug use, e.g. endocarditis, HIV and Hepatitis C.
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ABOUT THE PRESENTERS
Kristen Silvia, MD is the Primary Care Champion for Maine Medical Center’s new Integrated Medication Assisted Therapy (IMAT) Program. Dr. Silvia became interested in treating patients with substance use disorders while in residency and has been a provider of buprenorphine therapy for the treatment of opiate dependence to more than 120 patients over the past 10 years.
Kirrin Thakarar, DO, MPH is an Infectious Disease (ID) physician with a special interest in addiction medicine, HIV/HCV and health services research. She received a BA in Health and Societies from University of Pennsylvania, DO from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, and an MPH from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Thakarar completed internal medicine residency at Cambridge Health Alliance and infectious disease fellowship and addiction medicine training at Boston Medical Center, where she conducted research on HIV/AIDS in underserved populations. She is currently an attending physician at InterMed and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Maine Medical Center.
Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m. The program begins at 9:00 a.m.
Lunch will be on your own.