Einstein/Montefiore Department of Medicine

3-3-11: Medicine Grand Rounds

Evidence-Based Opioid Prescribing for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain

Einstein-Montefiore Department of Medicine Grand Rounds

Thursday, March 3, 2011

8:00 am
Forchheimer 1st Floor Lecture Hall, Einstein

12:15 pm
Cherhasky Auditorium, Montefiore


Joanna L. Starrels, MD, MS

Joanna L. Starrels, MD, MS
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of General Internal Medicine
Co-Coordinator, Chronic Pain Curriculum
Primary Care and Social Internal Medicine Residency Program
Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center

As a clinician-investigator and educator, Dr. Joanna L. Starrels aims to improve the quality of chronic pain management in primary care settings, through helping to define and promote evidence-based use of opioid analgesics. She conducted a health system-wide analysis examining current opioid management practices in primary care, analyzed national data regarding drug overdose death, and is first author of a systematic review of the effectiveness of opioid treatment agreements and urine drug testing for reducing opioid misuse, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. She recently received a five-year career development grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to investigate use of treatment agreements for patients prescribed long-term opioid analgesics. 
Dr. Starrels received her BA from Wesleyan University, where she majored in the Science in Society Program, and her MD from Jefferson Medical College. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center and fellowship in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Pennsylvania, where she received a MS in Health Policy Research.  Dr. Starrels joined the Einstein/Montefiore faculty in 2008 as an Assistant Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine. In addition, she is teaching faculty in the Primary Care and Social Internal Medicine training programs, where she is co-coordinator of a new Pain Management Curriculum.


After attending this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the benefits and risks of long-term opioid treatment for chronic non-cancer pain
  2. Become knowledgeable about the scientific evidence for strategies to reduce risks of long-term opioid treatment for chronic non-cancer pain
  3. Gain skills and tools to guide clinical decision-making for patients prescribed long-term opioid treatment for chronic pain  


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.


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