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INFORMATION FOR

Melissa Weimer

DO, MCR, FASAM
Associate Professor of Medicine (General Medicine) and of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases); Medical Director of the Addiction Medicine Consult Service, Program in Addiction Medicine; Associate Program Director of the Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program, Medicine

Appointments

Biography

Dr. Weimer is board certified in Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine and has a clinical and research focus on substance use disorders treatment, particularly in the hospital setting. She also has fellowship training and years of experience in the management of complex pain, particularly for patients with concomitant opioid use disorders. She is the Medical Director of the Yale Addiction Medicine Consult Service (YAMCS), a multidisciplinary, hospital based program to address the substance use disorder needs of patients admitted to Yale New Haven Hospital.

Dr. Weimer has worked tirelessly on a local, state and national level to improve access to evidence based treatments for indivwith substance use disorder. Her work to expand addiction treatment in hospital settings started at Oregon Health & Science University where she worked with colleagues and community partners to create one of the nation's first hospital-based models to initiate addiction treatment while patients are hospitalized from a complication of their substance use. An experienced educator, she teaches health care students and professionals about substance use disorders and their treatment to promote the expansion of the addiction medicine workforce. She additionally serves as the Associate Program Director of the Yale Addiction Medicine Fellowship program.

Education & Training

  • MCR
    Oregon Health & Science University (2012)
  • General Medicine Fellowship
    Oregon Health & Science University (2012)
  • Residency
    Oregon Health & Science University (2010)
  • Internship
    Oregon Health & Science University (2008)
  • DO
    Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine (2007)
  • BA
    University of Virginia, Religious Studies & Biology (2001)

Activities

  • Addiction Treatment for Hospitalized Patients
    New York, NY, United States 2020
    Addiction Treatment for Hospitalized Patients
  • Hospital Based Addiction Medicine Cases and Challenges
    Denver, CO, United States 2020
    Hospital Based Addiction Medicine Cases and Challenges
  • Addiction Medicine Specialists in Your Back Pocket: Building an Essential Collaboration
    San Diego, CA, United States 2020
    Addiction Medicine Specialists in Your Back Pocket: Building an Essential Collaboration
  • Treatment of OUD in the Hospital Setting
    Providence, RI, United States 2020
    Treatment of OUD in the Hospital Setting
  • Practices and Attitudes vis-a-vis Addiction Care and Patients who use Drugs
    Denver, CO, United States 2020
    Practices and Attitudes vis-a-vis Addiction Care and Patients who use Drugs
  • Why Cardiac Surgeons Decline Surgery for Injection Drug Use-Related Infective Endocarditis
    Denver, CO, United States 2020
    Why Cardiac Surgeons Decline Surgery for Injection Drug Use-Related Infective Endocarditis
  • Update in Cannabis
    Bridgeport, CT, United States 2020
    Update in Cannabis
  • Safer Opioid Prescribing
    Tulsa, OK, United States 2019
    Safer Opioid Prescribing
  • Addiction Medicine & Neurology for Primary Care
    New York, NY, United States 2019
    Addiction Medicine & Neurology for Primary Care
  • Substance Use Disorders in Patients with Cancer: Challenges & Opportunities
    New Haven, CT, United States 2019
    Substance Use Disorders in Patients with Cancer: Challenges & Opportunities
  • Update in Addiction Medicine
    Bridgeport, CT, United States 2019
    Update in Addiction Medicine
  • Update in Addiction Treatment Models For Hospitalized Patients
    New Haven, CT, United States 2019
    Update in Addiction Treatment Models For Hospitalized Patients
  • Cannabis Review
    Portland, OR, United States 2019
    Cannabis Review
  • Understanding Pain and Opioid Use Disorder
    Portland, OR, United States 2019
    Understanding Pain and Opioid Use Disorder
  • Survivor Story: beating cancer and tapering opioids
    Boston, MA, United States 2019
    Survivor Story: beating cancer and tapering opioids
  • The use of buprenorphine microdosing for conversion from methadone to sublingual buprenorphine in a patient with infective endocarditis and life-threatening ventricular arrhythmia
    Boston, MA, United States 2019
    The use of buprenorphine microdosing for conversion from methadone to sublingual buprenorphine in a patient with infective endocarditis and life-threatening ventricular arrhythmia
  • Safe and Competent Opioid Prescribing Education (SCOPE)
    Longview, TX, United States 2019
    Safe and Competant Opioid Prescribing
  • Pain Management & Addiction Medicine for Primary Care
    Savannah, GA, United States 2018
    Pain Management & Addiction Medicine for Primary Care
  • Safe and Competent Opioid Prescribing Education (SCOPE)
    Longview, TX, United States 2018
    Safe and Competent Opioid Prescribing Education (SCOPE)
  • Safe and Competent Opioid Prescribing Education (SCOPE)
    Tyler, TX, United States 2018
    Safe and Competent Opioid Prescribing Education SCOPE
  • Combating Opioid Dependence Amidst An Epidemic
    San Diego, CA, United States 2018
    Combating Opioid Dependence Amidst An Epidemic
  • Buprenorphine Waiver Training for Clinical Providers
    Kingston, NY, United States 2018
    Buprenorphine Waiver Training for Clinical Providers
  • Health-System Changes To Promote Safer Opioid Prescribing Practices
    Soldotna, AK, United States 2017
    Health-System Changes To Promote Safer Opioid Prescribing Practices
  • Basics of Pain Management
    Soldotna, AK, United States 2017
    Basics of Pain Management
  • Safe and Competent Opioid Prescribing Education (SCOPE)
    Albany, NY, United States 2017
    SCOPE of Pain
  • Safe and Competent Opioid Prescribing Education (SCOPE)
    Independence, MO, United States 2017
    Safe and Competent Opioid Prescribing Education (SCOPE)
  • Buprenorphine Waiver Training
    Saratoga Springs, NY, United States 2017
    Buprenorphine Waiver Training
  • Buprenorphine Waiver Training
    Albany, NY, United States 2017
    Buprenorphine Waiver Training
  • Substance Use Disorder 101 Workshop
    Medford, OR, United States 2017
    Korthuis, T. Substance Use Disorder 101 Workshop
  • Buprenorphine Waiver Training
    Medford, OR, United States 2017
    Buprenorphine Waiver Training
  • Opioid Tapering Workshop
    Medford, OR, United States 2017
    Opioid Tapering Workshop
  • Opioid Use Disorder
    Medford, OR, United States 2017
    Opioid Use Disorder
  • Unmasking Opioid Dependence and Addiction: How to Recognize This Disease in Patients
    Boston, MA, United States 2017
    Unmasking Opioid Dependence and Addiction: How to Recognize This Disease in Patients
  • Management of Chronic Pain: A Core Curriculum for Primary Care Providers
    Portland, OR, United States 2016
    Management of Chronic Pain: A Core Curriculum for Primary Care Providers
  • Safe and Competent Opioid Prescribing Education (SCOPE)
    Portland, OR, United States 2016
    Safe and Competent Opioid Prescribing Education (SCOPE)
  • Community Response to the Opioid Epidemic: Oregon Hospitals & Health Systems Impacting the Opioid Crisis
    Portland, OR, United States 2016
    Community Response to the Opioid Epidemic: Oregon Hospitals & Health Systems Impacting the Opioid Crisis.
  • Practical Tools to Successfully Taper Opioids
    Medford, OR, United States 2016
    Practical Tools to Successfully Taper Opioids
  • Practical Tools to Successfully Taper Opioids
    Coos Bay, OR, United States 2016
    Practical Tools to Successfully Taper Opioids
  • Managing Opioids for Pain: New Standards, Challenges, and Opportunities
    Portland, OR, United States 2016
    Managing Opioids for Pain: New Standards, Challenges, and Opportunities
  • The Improving Addictions Care Team (IMPACT): Year 1 Experience and Lessons Learned
    Portland, OR, United States 2016
    The Improving Addictions Care Team (IMPACT): Year 1 Experience and Lessons Learned
  • Opioid Tapering Workshop.
    Medford, OR, United States 2016
    Opioid Tapering Workshop. Thoughtful Approach to Pain Management 5th Annual Conference
  • Medication Assisted Treatment Options for Opioid Use Disorder.
    Medford, OR, United States 2016
    Medication Assisted Treatment Options for Opioid Use Disorder. Thoughtful Approach to Pain Management 5th Annual Conference
  • Buprenorphine Waiver Training (Half & Half Training)
    Medford, OR, United States 2016
    Buprenorphine Waiver Training (Half & Half Training)
  • Buprenorphine Waiver Training (Half & Half Training)
    Portland, OR, United States 2016
    Buprenorphine Waiver Training (Half & Half Training)
  • Opioids and Benzos and Tapers, Oh My!
    Portland, OR, United States 2016
    Opioids and Benzos and Tapers, Oh My!
  • Managing Orthopedic Complications of Substance Use Disorders
    Portland, OR, United States 2016
    Managing Orthopedic Complications of Substance Use Disorders
  • Addiction Consultation and Aftercare for Medically Complex Patients with Substance Use Disorder
    Baltimore, MD, United States 2016
    Addiction Consultation and Aftercare for Medically Complex Patients with Substance Use Disorder
  • Safe and Competent Opioid Prescribing Education (SCOPE)
    San Diego, CA, United States 2015
    Safe and Competent Opioid Prescribing Education (SCOPE)
  • Chronic Pain Challenges and Opportunities
    Portland, OR, United States 2015
    Chronic Pain Challenges and Opportunities
  • Opioid Monitoring and Treatment Compliance
    Orlando, FL, United States 2015
    Opioid Monitoring and Treatment Compliance
  • Opioid Taper Strategies
    Orlando, FL, United States 2015
    Opioid Taper Strategies
  • Managing Pain in the Addicted Patient Before It Manages You
    Portland, OR, United States 2015
    Managing Pain in the Addicted Patient Before It Manages You
  • Making an IMPACT: The Improving Addictions Care Team and Hospital Medicine
    Portland, OR, United States 2015
    Making an IMPACT: The Improving Addictions Care Team and Hospital Medicine
  • Medication Assisted Treatment Options for Substance Use Disorders
    Portland, OR, United States 2015
    Medication Assisted Treatment Options for Substance Use Disorders
  • Diagnosis and Management of Prescription Opioid Use Disorders in Primary Care
    Portland, OR, United States 2015
    Diagnosis and Management of Prescription Opioid Use Disorders in Primary Care
  • Update in Addiction Medicine
    Toronto, ON, Canada 2015
    Update in Addiction Medicine
  • Team-based Primary Care Models for Chronic Pain Treatments: Meeting the Needs of Patients, Learners, and Providers
    Toronto, ON, Canada 2015
    Team-based Primary Care Models for Chronic Pain Treatments: Meeting the Needs of Patients, Learners, and Providers
  • The Methadone Safety Guidelines – A Live Webinar
    Portland, OR, United States 2014
    The Methadone Safety Guidelines – A Live Webinar
  • Inpatient Care of Patients with Substance Use Disorders and Case Discussion
    Portland, OR, United States 2014
    Inpatient Care of Patients with Substance Use Disorders and Case Discussion
  • Guidelines for Safe Chronic Opioid Prescribing for OB/Gyns
    Portland, OR, United States 2014
    Guidelines for Safe Chronic Opioid Prescribing for OB/Gyns
  • Safe and Competent Opioid Prescribing Education (SCOPE)
    Troutdale, OR, United States 2014
    Boston University Safe and Competent Opioid Prescribing Education (SCOPE)
  • Palpitations, Hypoxia, Addiction, And Much More: A Doctor’s Guide to Methadone Safety
    Portland, OR, United States 2014
    Palpitations, Hypoxia, Addiction, And Much More: A Doctor’s Guide to Methadone Safety
  • Opioid Use Disorder Basics
    Portland, OR, United States 2014
    Opioid Use Disorder Basics
  • Safe and Competent Opioid Prescribing Education (SCOPE)
    Portland, OR, United States 2014
    Boston University Safe and Competent Opioid Prescribing Education (SCOPE)
  • Opioid Use Disorder Basics
    Portland, OR, United States 2014
    Opioid Use Disorder Basics
  • Clinical Challenges in Addiction Medicine
    Portland, OR, United States 2013
    Clinical Challenges in Addiction Medicine
  • Safe and Competent Opioid Prescribing Education (SCOPE)
    Salem, OR, United States 2013
    Boston University Safe and Competent Opioid Prescribing Education (SCOPE)
  • Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain: Balancing Safety and Efficacy
    Portland, OR, United States 2013
    Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain: Balancing Safety and Efficacy
  • Opioid Guidelines for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain
    Portland, OR, United States 2013
    Opioid Guidelines for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain
  • Baseline Characteristics of Participants in the Cocaine Use Reduction with Buprenorphine (CURB) Study
    San Diego, CA, United States 2013
    Baseline Characteristics of Participants in the Cocaine Use Reduction with Buprenorphine (CURB) Study
  • Sex Differences in the Medical Care of VA Patients with Chronic Non-Cancer Pain
    San Diego, CA, United States 2013
    College of Problems with Drug Dependence (CPDD), Annual Conference, Abstract Presentation
  • Systematic Evidence Review on Methadone Harms and Comparative Harms
    San Diego, CA, United States 2013
    Systematic Evidence Review on Methadone Harms and Comparative Harms
  • Methadone Safety Guidelines
    New Orleans, LA, United States 2013
    American Pain Society (APS), Annual Conference
  • Pain Management Review for the Primary Care Provider
    Portland, OR, United States 2012
    Pain Management Review for the Primary Care Provider
  • Opioids for Chronic Pain
    Washington, DC, United States 2011
    Opioids for Chronic Pain
  • Methadone-Related Deaths in Southwest Virginia in 2004
    Seattle, WA, United States 2008
    Methadone-Related Deaths in Southwest Virginia in 2004
  • Methadone-Related Deaths in Southwest Virginia in 2004
    Washington, DC, United States 2008
    Methadone-Related Deaths in Southwest Virginia in 2004

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Top Addiction Medicine DocPortland Monthly Magazine2017
Paper of the Month: A Chronic Opioid Therapy Dose Reduction Policy in Primary CareOregon Health & Science University2016
Top Addiction Medicine DocPortland Monthly Magazine2016
Top Addiction Medicine DocPortland Monthly Magazine2015
Founders' AwardSociety of General Internal Medicine2013
Fellow Teaching AwardOregon Health & Science University School of Medicine2011
Extramural Research Loan Repayment AwardNational Institute of Heath2011
Medical Honor Society InductionSigma Sigma Phi Osteopathic Medical Honor Society2007

Professional Service

OrganizationRoleDate
Ambulatory Opioid Stewardship Committee, Yale New Haven HospitalCommittee Member2020 - Present
Clinical Practice Guideline Oversight and Methodology Group, American Society of Addiction MedicineChair2020 - Present
American Society of Addiction Medicine, Region 1 DelegateBoard of Directors2019 - 2021
Interprofessional Longitudinal Clinical ExperiencePreceptor2019 - Present
Recognizing and Eliminating disparities in Addiction through Culturally-Informed Healthcare (REACH)Mentor2019 - Present
Opioid Stewardship Committee, Yale New Haven HospitalCommittee Member2019 - Present
Multidisciplinary Infective Endocarditis Workgroup, Yale New Haven HospitalChair2019 - Present
Alcohol, Other Drugs, and Health: Current EvidenceAssociate Editor2019 - Present
Communications Committee, New York Society of Addiction MedicineChair2018 - 2021
New York State Department of Health, Pain Management Steering Committee, Expert Committee MemberCommittee Member2018
Cross-disciplinary Addiction Workgroup, Yale New Haven HospitalCommittee Member2018 - Present
American Society of Addiction MedicineAlternate Region 1 Delegate2017 - 2019
New York Society of Addiction MedicineBoard of Directors2017 - Present
American Society of Addiction Medicine, Legislative Action CommitteeMember2017 - Present
American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP)Provider Clinical Support System2016 - Present
Buprenorphine Waiver Trainer, American Academy of Addiction PsychiatryPresenter/Speaker2016 - Present
New England Journal of MedicineReviewer2016 - Present
Oregon Pain Guidance Annual MeetingPlanning Committee2015 - 2017
Journal of Substance Abuse TreatmentReviewer2015 - Present
Boston University Safe and Competent Opioid Prescribing (SCOPE), Expert TrainerPresenter/Speaker2014 - Present
Journal of General Internal MedicineReviewer2012 - Present
Journal of Addiction MedicineReviewer2012 - Present
Pain MedicineReviewer2012 - Present
Clinical Journal of PainReviewer2012 - Present
Journal of Psychoactive DrugsReviewer2012 - Present
Journal of Opioid ManagementReviewer2012 - Present

Departments & Organizations