I’ll just come out and say it: I love movies. OK, perhaps not the most scandalous statement of 2016. Yet after a long, stressful week of caring for sick patients, watching the big screen, spellbound by the expressive dialog and thrilling action sequences, my mind subconsciously gravitates to one thing: the medical aspects of the film. Even when one would least expect it, as in the finance and mortgage juggernaut, …
Post Author: Lipi Roy, MD, MPH
Lipi Roy is an internal medicine physician. She is board-certified in addiction medicine, clinical assistant professor at the New York University Department of Population Health, and the medical director of a New York City addiction treatment center. In her prior role as chief of addiction medicine for New York City jails, she oversaw substance use treatment and recovery efforts at Rikers Island, the nation’s second-largest jail.
She was previously a primary care physician to Boston’s homeless population, where drug overdose was the leading cause of death. In addition to caring for incarcerated and homeless men and women, she treated the underserved in Nicaragua and India, New Orleans residents affected by Hurricane Katrina, and provided medical relief to earthquake victims in Haiti.
Lipi’s mission is to educate and empower the public to make healthy lifestyle decisions through nutrition, mindfulness, and addiction training. She has spoken at the Agents of Change Summit, appeared on CNN and Charlie Rose, and has been featured in the Boston Globe, Wall Street Journal, Cooking Light, and Oprah.com.
Lipi speaks about the following topics:
- The opioid crisis: How did we get here and how do we get out?
- Addiction to opioids, alcohol, and tobacco (neurobiology and evidence-based treatment)
- Homeless health (common medical and psychiatric illnesses; specialized approaches for management, including trauma-informed care)
- Incarceration and opioid addiction
- Mindfulness strategies to reduce stress (from addiction and other medical-psychosocial causes)
Katie had always come to clinic in an anxious and frazzled state. Hair blond hair disheveled, large handbag open, items at the verge of spilling out. Yet she came, dutifully, to meet her counselor, to attend group therapy, to get vitals checked by her nurse, then to drop off a urine sample. But not today. Nor did she return to clinic over the next three weeks. Katie was found by …
The hardest conviction to get into the mind of a beginner is that the education upon which he is engaged is not a college course, not a medical course, but a life course, for which the work of a few years under teachers is but a preparation.
– Sir William Osler
“You’re not gonna be happy with me, doc,” Richard said as he walked into the exam room at the Pine Street …
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