Colleen LaBelle, BSN, RN-BC, CARN, board certification in addiction nursing and pain management with over 30 years of clinical experience. Ms. LaBelle was instrumental in the start-up of the State Technical Assistance Treatment Expansion of Buprenorphine (OBOT) program in the Boston Medical Care Primary Care Clinic, which manages more than 600 active patients with substance use disorder. She is the program director of the State Technical Assistance, Treatment Expansion where she works with 42 community health centers in Massachusetts, implementing a nurse care manager model for the expansion of medical treatment for SUD. This model has been dubbed the MA model by SAMHSA and has been disseminated into other states and health systems. It was published in 2016 and listed as best practice in an AHRQ guideline. Since 2003, Ms. LaBelle has served as faculty for the buprenorphine certification course, serves as the clinical expert for AMERSA and the Provider Clinical Support Services PCSS funded by SAMHSA. A recipient of numerous awards throughout her career, most recently the Lillian Carter award from Modern Health Care and Betty Ford Award from AMERSA.
Mara Laderman, MSPH, is a Director at the IHI. She is the content lead for IHI’s work in behavioral health, directing research initiatives and developing programming focused on better meeting individuals’ behavioral health needs across the health care system. Ms. Laderman also leads innovation projects on population health improvement, including recent work on the opioid crisis, health equity, and clinical-community linkages. Prior to IHI, she served as an external program evaluator for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and managed a large psychiatric epidemiology study at the Center for Multicultural Mental Health Research. Ms. Laderman received a Master of Public Health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Smith College.
Christopher Shanahan, MD, MPH, is board certified in both internal and addiction medicine. He is a practicing primary care general internist and expert in underserved populations with substance use disorders. Beside his primary care practice, Dr. Shanahan leads a multi-disciplinary community health center-based chronic pain and substance use disorder treatment clinic. Dr. Shanahan is a clinical addiction researcher and has developed and directed several clinical and computer-based systems targeting the improvement of care of individuals with a range of issues. These have included: a secure web-based screening system for substance use disorders (SUD) in both inpatient and outpatient settings, a web-based registry to support nurse care management for patients being treated with long-term opioids for chronic pain, and identifying inpatients with SUD and linking them to outpatient transitional methadone. He is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Shanahan received his MD from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and his MPH, at the Harvard School of Public Health.
Robert Saper, MD, MPH, is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine at Boston University and the current chair of the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine & Health. He graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1988 and the UCSF Family Medicine Residency in 1992. After being in private practice for eight years in the San Francisco Bay Area, he completed the Harvard NCCIH T32-funded Integrative Medicine Research Fellowship from 2001-2004. In 2004 he founded the Program for Integrative Medicine and Health Disparities at Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine. His research focus is the implementation of evidence-based integrative medicine approaches for underserved populations. He has received federal funding from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health to study yoga for chronic back pain and a PCORI contract for a national pragmatic trial of physical therapy for the prevention of chronic back pain. He has published over 45 peer-reviewed papers and has lectured nationally and internationally. Dr. Saper continues to see patients for primary care and integrative medicine. He mentors medical students, residents, fellows, and junior faculty.
Alexander Y. Walley, MD, MSc, is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine and a general internist and addiction medicine specialist at Boston Medical Center. He is the director of the Boston Medical Center Addiction Medicine Fellowship program. His research focus is on the medical complications of substance use, specifically HIV and overdose, and is an active investigator on clinical trials and cohort studies. He provides primary care and office-based addiction treatment for patients with HIV at Boston Medical Center and methadone maintenance treatment at Health Care Resource Centers. He is the medical director for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Opioid Overdose Prevention Pilot Program. Since 2007, the MDPH program has trained over 60,000 people in Massachusetts’s communities, including people who use opioids, people in recovery, and their social networks.