Einstein/Montefiore Department of Medicine

9-17-09: Opioid Addiction Treatment

Opioid Addiction Treatment: New Opportunities with Buprenorphine

Image: Chinazo Cunningham, MD

Einstein-Montefiore Department of Medicine Grand Rounds

Thursday, September 17, 2009

8:00 AM
First Floor Lecture Hall, Forchheimer/Einstein

12:15 PM
Cherkasky Auditorium/Montefiore Medical Center


Chinazo Cunningham, MD, MS
Associate Professor of Medicine
Associate Professor of Family & Social Medicine
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Montefiore Medical Center

As a faculty member at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center for over 10 years, Dr. Chinazo Cunningham has been caring for marginalized populations such as drug users, HIV-infected individuals, and the unstably housed throughout her career.

Dr. Cunningham has developed unique and innovative programs to deliver health care to marginalized populations, and has conducted research focusing on improving access to and utilization of health care. She has worked closely with the South Bronx community, collaborating with community-based organizations and syringe exchange programs. She has been the principal investigator on several federally funded grants.

Dr. Cunningham received her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University, her medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and completed her residency in primary care internal medicine at UCSF and New York University (NYU), followed by a year as chief resident at NYU. She later received her master’s degree in clinical research methods at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Dr. Cunningham's clinic-based, patient-centered buprenorphrine treatment program was featured this past year in an article on the Department of Medicine website.

Medical Grand Rounds this week is sponsored by the Division of General Internal Medicine.


After attending this activity, participants will be able to understand:

  1. the epidemiology of opioid use and current shortcomings of opioid addiction treatment
  2. the benefits and challenges of opioid addiction treatment with buprenorphine
  3. new and emerging buprenorphine treatment strategies


Albert Einstein College of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1 credit towards the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award. Each physician should claim only those credits that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

Albert Einstein College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


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