Einstein/Montefiore Department of Medicine

Grand Rounds

Why Incarceration Matters for Medical Care

Einstein/Montefiore Department of Medicine Grand Rounds

Thursday, September 10, 2015

8:00 AM: Forchheimer Medical Science Building 3rd Floor Lecture Hall

Speaker & Info

Aaron Fox, MD & Ross MacDonald, MD
Aaron D. Fox, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine
Co-Director, Bronx Transitions Clinic

Ross F. MacDonald, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Division of General Internal Medicine

Repeated at 12:15 pm, Cherkasky Auditorium, Montefiore Medical Center.

Dr. Aaron Fox graduated from Einstein in 2004, completed residency training at Montefiore in the Primary Care/Social Internal Medicine Residency Program in 2007, also serving as the PC/SM Chief Resident in 2008, and received a Master's in Clinical Research from Einstein in 2012. Currently, he is a primary care physician at a Montefiore community health center and the Co-Director of the Bronx Transitions Clinic, which provides medical care to patients who have recently been released from correctional facilities.

Dr. Fox's research focuses on opioid use disorder and the criminal justice system. In 2012, he received a K23/career development award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to make the transition from clinician-educator to clinician-investigator. He has received additional grant funding from NIDA, the New York State AIDS Institute, and the Society of General Internal Medicine.

Dr. Fox has served as the site Principal Investigator for a Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovations Award. These studies have focused on transitions of medical care from correctional facilities to the community, behavioral interventions to support formerly incarcerated individuals with opioid use disorder, and increasing treatment of Hepatitis C among formerly incarcerated individuals. He is board certified in addiction medicine and is a leader in integration of buprenorphine treatment for opioid use disorder into primary care and HIV settings.

Dr. Ross MacDonald completed a bachelor of science from Cornell University, a medical degree from Weill Cornell Medical College, and residency in Primary Care and Social Internal Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center. He served as Medical Director of the Bureau of Correctional Health Services for the NYC DOHMH and has recently taken the same role in the newly created division of Correctional Health Services of the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC). He is Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at Einstein and serves as a part-time attending on the teaching service at Montefiore Hospital.

Dr. MacDonald's interest in the incarcerated as a vulnerable population dates back to his time teaching English literature in a maximum security prison in upstate New York. He chose to train at Montefiore in large part because of its long tradition in correctional health. During residency, he helped found the Montefiore Transitions clinic for the recently incarcerated. He has authored many publications in peer-reviewed journals on the topic of incarceration and health, including co-authorship of the 2014 American Journal of Public Health "Paper of the Year." His role as Medical Director involves oversight of care provided in the NYC jail system, formulation and application of policy on a wide range of medical conditions, development of IT and EMR workflows, training of clinical staff, pursuit of compassionate release, ongoing review of adverse events and patient complaints as well as direct patient care. He has oversight of the jail-based opioid treatment program known as the Rikers Island KEEP program and is in the process of implementing buprenorphine induction and linkage to community care for jailed patients using illicit opiates at the time of arrest.

Objectives - After attending this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe medical care that is provided in jails and prison
  2. List at least three ways incarceration poses environmental risks to individuals
  3. List at least three barriers to medical care following incarceration
  4. Describe a culturally competent approach to medical care for formerly incarcerated individuals

Accreditation: Albert Einstein College of Medicine des

Host: Department of Medicine (Division of General Internal Medicine)

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