Department of Medicine

Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program

The Montefiore Einstein Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program prepares physicians to lead the delivery of equitable, evidence-based clinical care for substance use disorders.  

Shadi Nahvi, MD, Professor, General Internal Medicine, Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science

Why our program could be right for you

Montefiore Einstein has provided novel, patient-centered substance use disorder treatment to our community for decades. Our fellows train in the inpatient setting, as well as within community-based harm-reduction programs and programs that integrate medical care and substance use disorder treatment. Faculty mentors are nationally recognized for leading community collaborations, clinical care and research efforts to improve the delivery and outcomes of addiction treatment. Participating in our ACGME-accredited fellowship prepares fellows for careers as board certified clinical leaders in addiction medicine.

Montefiore Wellness Centers

Among the nation’s first opioid treatment programs, the Montefiore Wellness Centers are at the cutting edge of advances in opioid use disorder treatment, including buprenorphine treatment, naloxone distribution, peer programming and art therapy. The Wellness Centers’ strong interdisciplinary team approach and research and educational collaborations facilitate patient-centered, evidence-based treatment. We provide integrated primary care, HIV and hepatitis C treatment, psychiatric care and opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment, all at one location.

Working alongside this exceptionally skilled and dedicated addiction team is a true pleasure. Each member’s commitment to the field shines through their remarkable skills, unwavering dedication to providing top-notch care, and outstanding teamwork.

Sadyn Angeles

Program Coordinator, Buprenorphine Treatment Network, Addiction Medicine Curriculum

Buprenorphine Treatment Network, Comprehensive Health Care Center

Launched in 2005 as a collaboration between general internists and a clinical pharmacist at a federally qualified health center in the South Bronx, the Buprenorphine Treatment Network consists of seven community health centers across the Bronx. The network has since expanded to include all teaching clinics for the Internal Medicine and Family and Social Medicine residency programs, and has collectively provided buprenorphine treatment to thousands of people with opioid use disorder.

Addiction Consult Service

The Addiction Consult Service is a hospital-based consultative service that provides addiction medicine expertise and care to inpatients within our general medical, surgical, labor and delivery, post-partum and intensive care services. Here, fellows gain experience evaluating, diagnosing and initiating and managing medications for substance use disorders in acutely ill hospitalized patients, as well as providing evidence-based care, harm reduction counseling, motivational interviewing and connecting patients to ongoing care. Fellows also develop their skills as educational leaders while working with resident and medical student trainees, attend weekly case conferences and participate in joint interdisciplinary rounds with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Montefiore Health Hub at OnPoint NYC East Harlem

Montefiore Health Hub at OnPoint NYC East Harlem is the nation’s first above-ground, legally sanctioned overdose prevention center (OPC). In a longitudinal clinical rotation, fellows provide patients with harm reduction services, treatment of hepatitis C and HIV, wound care and medications for substance use disorder treatment. Training at this location offers fellows a unique opportunity to learn from the patients, health educators and staff of a community-based harm reduction agency.

A world-renowned faculty

Kristine Torres-Lockhart, MD

Director, Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program
Assistant Professor, General Internal Medicine
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Laila Khalid, MD

Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program and Medical Director, Buprenorphine Treatment Network
Associate Professor, General Internal Medicine

Shadi Nahvi, MD, MS

Director, General Internal Medicine Fellowship Program Scholarly Mentor Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program
Professor, General Internal Medicine
Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Julia Arnsten, MD, MPH

Chief, General Internal Medicine
Professor, General Internal Medicine
Professor, Epidemiology and Population Health
Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Aaron Fox, MD, MS

Director, Bronx Transitions Clinic
Associate Professor, Internal Medicine

Benjamin Hayes, MD, M.S.W., M.P.H.

Medical Director, Drug User Health Clinic at OnPointNYC

Kiara Lora

Manager, Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program

Deepika E. Slawek, M.D., M.S.

Assistant Professor, General Internal Medicine

Melissa Stein, MD

Medical Director, Division of Substance Abuse (DoSA)
Associate Professor, General Internal Medicine
Associate Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

A challenging and innovative curriculum

Addiction Medicine Fellows complete experiential training in a range of clinical settings. Electives are guided by our fellows’ interests, and may focus on public health approaches, people experiencing homelessness or incarceration or adolescent health. With mentorship from nationally recognized faculty, fellows participate in weekly didactic sessions, weekly academic work-in-progress meetings and monthly career-development seminars.

Our fellows are so well-trained! They become comfortable using & teaching the most cutting-edge approaches to treatment. They gain experience really listening to patients, communicating with compassion, respect, and is one of my greatest joys!

Joanna L. Starrels, MD, MS

Professor of Medicine, Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Division of General Internal Medicine

Our faculty are honored to bring our experience and expertise to this training program.

Commissioner Chinazo Cunningham, MD, MS

Clinical Professor, General Internal Medicine Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS)

Hear from our fellows

As one of the top 10 largest medical and surgical training programs in the country, Montefiore Einstein provides postgraduate clinical training to more than 1,400 residents across 106 accredited residency and fellowship programs. Here, our postgraduate trainees share their own first-hand experiences.

Fellowship Application Information

We’re seeking fellows who will shape the future of healthcare.

If you would like to apply to become an Addiction Medicine Fellow, we accept applications via ERAS..

NRMP program code: 3153404F0

Montefiore Einstein recognizes that having a diverse and inclusive institution is critical to success, and we reaffirm our deep commitment to fostering a culture in which equity is a central tenet.

Have questions? Get in touch.

Laila Khalid, MD
Associate Program Director,
Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program

Kristine Torres-Lockhart, MD
Director, Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program

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